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Type: Architecture, Attractions, Historic Sites, Tours and Excursions
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 when it was built in the 1930s. Even... Read More
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 when it was built in the 1930s. Even today, it's not easy to pour that much concrete and divert a river. This massive dam created the United States' largest reservoir, Lake Mead, and was built during the Great Depression. Hoover Dam played a major role in the development of the Southwestern United States, a history explained in the displays at the visitor center, where you can also learn about its fascinating construction. Now that traffic has been re-routed around the dam to the Mike O'Callghan-Pat Tillman Bypass Bridge (another amazing engineering accomplishment), it's easier to walk along the top of the dam and appreciate its Art Deco details. Tours are available to see inside the dam, which houses a hydroelectric power plant.
- Daily 9am-5pm
- Guided Tours $15 - $30
Self-Guided Tour of Visitor Center $10
- Best Attractions & Activities: "After you pass the Hoover Dam Lodge, slow down and follow the signs for the exit to Hoover Dam. It's easy to miss the turn, and if you do, you'll have to drive across the Bypass Bridge before you can turn around."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Hoover Dam is a historic site and engineering marvel that people can visit and tour.
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