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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 in the 1930s when it was built--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 in the 1930s when it was built--even today, 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. Hoover Dam played a major role in development throughout much of the Southwest United States, a history that's 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 Bypass Bridge (also an amazing engineering accomplishment), it's easier to wander along the top of the dam and appreciate its Art Deco details. Tours are available to see inside the massive structure, including the power plant.
- Daily 9am-5pm
- Power Plant Tour (17-61) $15; Senior (62+) $12; Military $12; Child (4-16) $12; Child (0-3) Free
Visitor Center $10
- Best Attractions & Activities: "For some of the most dramatic views of Hoover Dam, take a walk on the pedestrian walkway over the Bypass Bridge--look for the parking lot and stairs right after you exit the highway. The narrow walkway is nearly 900 feet above the Colorado River."
- Tours and Excursions: "You can stand in two states at one time--Arizona and Nevada--on top of Hoover Dam."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The 726-foot high Hoover Dam is an impressive historic landmark long considered one of the world's most impressive engineering achievements.