One of the American landmarks many people have on their bucket list is Hoover Dam. Located approximately 30 miles outside Las Vegas, this is a great stop before heading over to the Grand Canyon. If you are planning to visit Hoover Dam and want to know what to expect when you arrive, I’ve got some tips to help make your trip smooth and enjoyable!
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Things to Know: Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam is located on the Nevada-Arizona state line less than an hour outside Las Vegas. When you arrive at the Dam, you can park in the multi-level parking garage for $10.00. Take the stairs or elevator down to the main level and walk over to Hoover Dam.
You will be in the sun almost the entire time of your visit to Hoover Dam, so make sure you wear sunscreen, sunglasses or a hat.
You can visit the Dam and walk across to the Arizona side for FREE. If you are interested in taking a tour or going through the Visitors Center, you will need to buy a ticket. We opted to just walk across the Dam, enjoy the views and take our pictures.
Allow about an hour to walk from one side of Hoover Dam and back to your vehicle. You can take more time if you decide to take a tour.
Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.www.usbr.gov
Depending on how much time you have and how much you want to walk, you can actually walk across the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Parking for the bridge is free and available before you arrive at the Hoover Dam Visitors Center.
On one side of Hoover Dam, you enjoy the view of the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and the Colorado River but on the other side of the Dam, you have another beautiful view of open river.
Make sure you stop at the halfway point and get a picture standing on the Nevada-Arizona state line.
It is approximately 1/2 mile from one side of the Hoover Dam and back. The Dam is flat but there is a slight incline coming down from the parking garage.
Find the Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, on the Nevada-Arizona border on NV SR 172.
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