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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 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 the United States' largest reservoir, 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 Mike O'Callghan-Pat Tillman 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 this massive structure.
- 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 Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. The narrow walkway across the bridge 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 was constructed in the 1930s and remains an impressive and historic engineering achievement.