Summer Getaways: Boulder City, Nevada

Your perfect summer vacation may be just around the corner

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    Photo: Jans Goerlich

An hour from Las Vegas’s boozy masses, Lake Mead National Recreation Area’s 186,000 acres of water are a paddler’s playground. Rent a kayak in Boulder City (from $35, shuttle included), and head up the Colorado River from the lake to check out its sinewy chasms, hot springs, and Emerald Cave, a glowing green grotto. Spend the night at Boulder Beach, then explore the nearby rocky islands by stand-up paddleboard (rentals from $60).

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