July 30, 2013 |
John Wesley Powell, whose legendary descent of the Colorado River in 1869 brought the one-armed explorer fame and celebrity, worried about America's westward migration. The defining characteristic of Western lands was their aridity, he wrote, and settlement of the West would have to respect the limits aridity imposed. He was half right. The subsequent story of the West can indeed be read as an unending duel between society's thirst and the dryness of the land, but in downtown Phoenix, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, you'd hardly know it. By the late 20th century, Western Americans had created a miracle in the desert, successfully conjuring abundance from aridity.
May 17, 2013 |
Visitors to southern Nevada can immerse themselves in history and enjoy rafting on the Colorado River Exploration Tour , the latest Las Vegas-area offering from Forever Resorts . The full-day adventure first takes guests to Eldorado Canyon, near the village of Nelson, about 40 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip. Visitors take a one-hour tour of the Techatticup Mine , where gold was mined for more than 80 years from 1861 until the start of World War II. A coach then takes tourists down a winding road to Nelson's Landing on the Colorado River.
November 11, 2012 |
On an unseasonably hot morning this fall, my 11-year-old son and I set off for Hoover Dam, his first time to tour the American engineering wonder that draws nearly 1 million visitors a year. In recent years, I'd visited the dam and adjacent reservoir, Lake Mead, as a journalist who reports on water. But I hadn't been there as a tourist since my own childhood. I looked forward to hearing how the dam's minder, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, would tell such a big story to such a big audience.
October 21, 2012 |
When she moved here in the 1980s, Carri Stevens was baffled. This is Nevada, so where are all the casinos? she wondered. Where were the one-armed bandits that chime their "ding-ding-ding!" cacophony at seemingly every gas station, restaurant, pharmacy and supermarket? She soon discovered that Boulder City is the only major city in the state where gaming is banned. And locals don't miss it one bit. "Tourists can't believe it," said Stevens, who with her husband, Al, runs the Coffee Cup cafe.
October 2, 2012 |
HENDERSON, Nev. -- President Obama took a break from his debate preparation to be a tourist on Tuesday, heading to the Hoover Dam in the afternoon for a short tour of the massive monument to public works. Obama's motorcade cruised along the winding roads to the dam for the brief outing. It was the president's first visit, he told a reporter. The president has been hunkered down at a resort in this Las Vegas suburb, getting ready for Wednesday's debate against GOP rival Mitt Romney.
June 5, 2012
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