Hoover Dam
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Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between Arizona and Nevada. Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, and is located near Boulder City, Nevada. Paid parking, visitor center and guided tours.
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  • Jennifer H
    Columbus, Ohio530 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    See it once
    We enjoyed driving and walking over the dam and viewing it from the Tillman bridge. It’s something you only need to do once, in my opinion. We didn’t take the tour as my son wouldn’t last on an hour guided tour. I was thankful parking was close and you didn’t have to walk very far. Since we were there at 9 am in early March, there weren’t many people there.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Darlene H
    Austin, Texas1,894 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    MY BUCKET LIST CHECKED!
    We drove over to the Hoover Dam before flying home from Las Vegas and I’m so glad that we did! It was an awesome to see this engineering marvel! It’s amazing that it was built in 5 years and only $2million over budget! WOW! The handicapped parking is actually free in the parking garage or there are viewing pull offs that you can take pictures at. I thought the tour was worth the $10 per person and we opted to stay for a slide presentation after the movie in the visitor center. I regret not taking the time to go up to the observation tower! We didn’t have a lot of time because we had a flight to catch!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 11, 2023
  • Kari L
    Howe, Indiana5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    I visited the Hoover Dam in March. The weather was nice and the lines were short. You can see how far Lake Mead has receded. The dam was very impressive in size. Be sure to tour the visitor’s center. I also bought a few souvenirs from the gift shop and we ate lunch at the cafe. Restrooms were clean. The original 1940s visitor center was pretty cool. You will need a ticket from the regular visitor’s center tour to enter the building from the 1940’s. The art deco styling of everything is really neat.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 16, 2023
  • thistle-do-nicely
    Kilmarnock, United Kingdom632 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    Didn't really have any great expectations, but spent a great hour+ at the HD. Climbed to the bridge lookout on the Nevada side (great views); drove across the Dam to Arizona where we parked and walked back. This is a must visit if you are in the area.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 3, 2023
  • RuMark
    Canada1,004 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit
    It was well worth the visit to the dam. It took us about 40 minutes by car riding out of Las Vegas to reach the area. Parking was easy and we first crossed the bridge on foot before heading to the main dam. We had lunch at the lovely diner there and then walked across the bridge. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to visit the Visitor's Centre but spent a good hour marveling at this amazing structure. Highly recommended.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Andrea H
    Ontario, Canada74 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was alright
    We upgraded from the regular dam tour to include the tour of the power plant. It was interesting. Not amazing, but a decent day. We arrived early (8:20am) to ensure that we were on the first tour of the day and didn’t have to wait. There was a short line up by 9am when they opened. Lots of security in place, similar to being at the airport.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2023
  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, Maryland1,024 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    Wow! I have no words that adequately describe Hoover Adam. Amazing, incredible, huge … just wonderful! If you go, get a ticket to see inside the power plant. We spent hours here! We walked the bridge from Nevada to Arizona. Then we went and did the tour. Just incredible feat of engineering!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Carol G
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hoover Dam Rocks
    LOVE Hoover Dam. It is amazing and so interesting. Take the 1 hour tour. Totally worth the $30 dollars per person. It is hot and there is a lot of walking. I would definitely go again. It is 45 minutes from Vegas. We took Uber out there - no problems. However, I should have prearranged a pickup for us. It took a while to get a car to take us back and costs a lot more.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 10, 2023
  • canadian-moo
    Langley City, Canada161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Day Ever!
    This time I rented a car for the day - best visit ever! Enjoyed the double tour! The tour guide was great! Sad that my son wasn’t able to go to the areas I did 20 some tears before. I hear restrictions occur after terrible things like 911 and the Vegas concert shooting. There is wonderful security and secure areas. The views are still spectacular.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 15, 2023
  • SuburbanMomof2kids
    Princeton Junction, New Jersey49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket list site but very hot
    We went when it was over 100 degrees. It was worth the visit to see the site with lots of photo opportunities but 1. Wear sneakers because lots of walking 2. Bring water 3. Bring sunscreen sunglasses sun hat 4. Cafe was closed for interim so bring some food or eat before going.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
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ahurtinalbertan
Crossfield, Canada130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This is probably the most iconic landmark in the USA for me. It has been featured on so many documentaries and books.

The area was clean and interesting. The preservation is wonderful.

We arrived early in the morning and avoided huge crowds and heat. Yes, even in February it is clear this location can get pretty hot!
Written February 26, 2024
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Michelle
Inverness, FL65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
An amazing time discovering an American influenced masterpiece that brought together thousands of people from all backgrounds, ranks, races and education!
Wow!!!! I never realized all of this until the tour.
Written February 26, 2024
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Claire K
Hove, UK1,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
One doesn’t get to wholly appreciate the beauty & the vision that is the Hoover Dam until you see it for real. It is incredible. An amazing feat of engineering & tenacity.
The tours are a must, so you can get to grips with the sheer achievement involved & the guides are so passionate they make them totally worth while.
Written February 24, 2024
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404HappyTraveller
Saskatchewan, Canada462 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Well worth the time it takes to drive out to the dam site for the views. Take at least the minimum tour if not the entire tour of the dam and powerhouse, and then go out and look at the views of the dam from the different viewing perspectives. It’s hard to grasp or understand the enormity of the dam unless you go look for yourself. Parking is well organized and reasonably painless. There was a lot of construction and improvements happening, including the visitor information centre being closed when we were there so we didn’t get to see all that we might have. Despite that, it was well worth stopping here.
Written February 18, 2024
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belinda m
Portsmouth, UK542 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I know this is on many peoples list of things to do so we did it and it was ok. Went in winter, didn't want to do the museum so just spent almost hour driving around in circles to get a park. Small car park makes the parking difficult. Pathway and stairs up to the top was efficient albeit up by the road it was a little chaotic. It really is just the parking situation that is a deterrent.
Written February 17, 2024
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Miles M
Bismarck, ND80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
spent an afternoon there and wow, it is an amazing place! the views and scenery and construction are absolutely stunning. the Memorial Bridge walkway is worth the time and we loved walking over and around the dam. pictures don't do it justice. didn't take a tour or go inside but still loved the experience
Written February 15, 2024
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pglejm
Santa Cruz, CA4,180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
GREAT tour of the dam and the power plant. We got there early and had a small group os we weren’t rushed and could really experience everything and ask lots of questions. Tour guides are extremely knowledgeable. Fascinating tour, starts with a 10 min video which is great info. We were lucky as the previous week no tours happened as one of the elevators needed repairs. We would have been so bummed if we missed this excellent tour.
Written January 30, 2024
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Vegas-Queen666
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Been going to Vegas for 23 years and this was our first visit! Very informative and enjoyed it. So photogenic, well worth the drive, very organised too.
Written January 30, 2024
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OmanRob
Canmore, Canada1,348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We visited today (2nd time for me) and I have to say it was an equally great experience to last time.

My top tip would be to stop at the carpark before the dam and walk the road bridge and take in the views of the same from there - even more impressive

Rob
Written January 27, 2024
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NanHB
Montreal, Canada142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Interesting and amazing to see. Lovely scenery. Informative self guided exhibits. Reasonable admission. Not far from vegas.
Written January 17, 2024
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