One of the most iconic structures in the US is the Hoover Dam. It’s located less than an hour away from Las Vegas, and we knew we couldn’t leave without visiting.
There are a couple tour options, but we decided to take the full hour tour. Throughout the tour, we got a chance to hear about the history of the Hoover Dam, see the huge pipes that transport almost 90,000 gallons of water each second through the generators, enjoy a panoramic view of the Nevada wing of the power plant, and get access to the visitor center.
The visitor center is made up of different exhibits and galleries that educate you on how everything works. There are some great interactive displays that kids can enjoy and test their skills.
Our favorite part of the tour is the observation deck where you get to see an amazing view of Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and the Colorado River.
The sun was so blinding! Don’t forget your sunglasses. :O
After spending about two hours on the tour and exploring the exhibits, we headed outside to see the views from the street.
Lake Mead is really beautiful, but at the same time, it was sad to see how low the water is getting. You can really get a sense of the drought from here.
Regardless of what route you decide to go, you should definitely check out this American icon. It does so much to support the southwest in both electricity and water, plus the history of how this behemoth was built is fascinating.
Parking Garage: 8AM to 5:15PM, $10 Fee
Powerplant Tour (30 min guided tour): 9:25AM to 3:55PM $12-15
Hoover Dam Tour (1 hr guided tour): 9:30AM to 3:30PM $30
Visitor Center Admission: $10
Have you been to the Hoover Dam?
What other American icons have you visited?
What’s next on your list to visit?