Hoover Dam


US Hwy 93
Las Vegas, NV

Phone: 702-494-2517
Phone: 702-494-2546

Map / Directions Map / Directions

Hours:
Daily 9am-6pm

Type:
Architecture, Attractions, Historic Sites, Tours and Excursions

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    Hoover Dam

    Photo courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

10BEST Says

Tours and Excursions: An excursion to Hoover Dam is one of the most popular day trips for Las Vegas visitors. Several companies offer tours to Hoover Dam, which allows you to give up the driving and logistics to someone else. Bus tours offer the more sedate option, although the view from a helicopter is a sight you'll long remember. No matter what method you choose to get to Hoover Dam, you'll want to take a tour inside the massive structure. Two tours are available. One allows visitors to see the power plant, and the more extensive tour takes visitors into the passageways of the dam. Visitors must purchase tickets to enter the Visitor Center, although if you purchase a tour it includes admission to the Visitor Center.

Best Attractions & Activities: What's appealing about a gigantic wedge of concrete in a remote desert canyon? As it turns out, quite a lot. Hoover Dam was a groundbreaking engineering feat--it's not easy to pour that much concrete and divert a river. This massive dam created one of North America's largest reservoirs, Lake Mead, and was built during the Great Depression. Now that traffic has been re-routed around the dam on the bypass bridge, it's easier to wander along the top of the structure and appreciate its Art Deco details. Tours are also available to see inside the dam.


Insider Tips

Local Expert Says:

Tours and Excursions: "You can stand in two states at one time--Arizona and Nevada--on top of Hoover Dam."

Best Attractions & Activities: "Be careful to follow the signage once you approach the turn-off for Hoover Dam."

10Best List photo 10BEST says

Tours and Excursions: An excursion to Hoover Dam is one of the most popular day trips for Las Vegas visitors. Several companies offer tours to Hoover Dam, which allows you to give up the driving and logistics to someone else. Bus tours offer the more sedate option, although the view from a helicopter is a sight you'll long remember. No matter what method you choose to get to Hoover Dam, you'll want to take a tour inside the massive structure. Two tours are available. One allows visitors to see the power plant, and the more extensive tour takes visitors into the passageways of the dam. Visitors must purchase tickets to enter the Visitor Center, although if you purchase a tour it includes admission to the Visitor Center.

Best Attractions & Activities: What's appealing about a gigantic wedge of concrete in a remote desert canyon? As it turns out, quite a lot. Hoover Dam was a groundbreaking engineering feat--it's not easy to pour that much concrete and divert a river. This massive dam created one of North America's largest reservoirs, Lake Mead, and was built during the Great Depression. Now that traffic has been re-routed around the dam on the bypass bridge, it's easier to wander along the top of the structure and appreciate its Art Deco details. Tours are also available to see inside the dam.

10Best List photo Insider Tips

Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:

Tours and Excursions: "You can stand in two states at one time--Arizona and Nevada--on top of Hoover Dam."

Best Attractions & Activities: "Be careful to follow the signage once you approach the turn-off for Hoover Dam."

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