Hoover Dam Bypass
Hoover Dam Bypass
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The 2,000-foot-long bridge spans the Colorado River canyon. As the world's highest concrete arch bridge, it shows off spectacular views of Hoover Dam.
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  • Bonnie M
    Grand Rapids, Michigan203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool way to see the Hoover Dam!
    We visited Hoover Dam 16 years ago and the bypass was being built then. We were excited to come back to discover that we could walk across the bypass and see spectacular views of Hoover Dam! Great job on the walkway up to the bypass and all the information about the construction of it. We would recommend checking it out when you are visiting the Dam!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2024
  • Have Camera, Will Travel
    South Bend, Indiana3,646 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is where you will get one of the most iconic photos in Nevada.
    You will need to get off the highway and walk out onto the bridge if you want a view. Heading from Nevada into Arizona, you couldn't see anything because of the wall dividing the east/west lanes. That's probably a good thing since people will gawk at it. If you do head to the parking area, be aware that it can fill up quickly. It is a tour bust stop, wo people show up in droves. The picture is pretty epic though. It's definitely worth the time.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2024
  • Raena N
    Scottsdale, Arizona63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Windy Adventure with Historical Marvels: Hoover Dam Visit Review
    My family and I recently embarked on an excursion to the iconic Hoover Dam, and despite some unexpected twists, it was a memorable experience worth recounting. The weather was windy, adding an extra element of adventure to our journey. Despite the gusts, we had a blast exploring the area together. However, we encountered a slight hiccup when we realized, albeit too late, that only service animals are permitted on the premises. Nevertheless, our husky seemed to relish his scenic walk, adding a touch of charm to our visit. We made our way to one of the many lookout options, eager to immerse ourselves in the rich history and breathtaking views that awaited us. Pausing at the lookout, we took a moment to absorb a brief overview of the dam's history, marveling at the sheer magnitude of human ingenuity and hard work that went into its construction. The panoramic vistas stretched before us, offering a glimpse into the past and reminding us of the remarkable feats achieved by those who came before us. From the towering structure of the dam itself to the serene beauty of the surrounding landscape, every aspect of the vista was a testament to human perseverance and determination. Despite the minor setback with our furry companion, our visit to Hoover Dam was an unforgettable experience filled with awe-inspiring sights and cherished family moments. It served as a poignant reminder of the importance of both historical preservation and enjoying the simple pleasures of nature's beauty.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 April 2024
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Best View of the Hoover Dam
    This is the Highway 93 bridge that spans the Colorado River, but it has a pedestrian path that provides an excellent bird's eye view of the Hoover Dam, and it is probably the best view of this engineering marvel. It is also now known as the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. You can walk to the bridge by parking in the lot off the Hoover Dam Access Road after passing through the security check. It does require quite a tough climb up steps from the plaza area to the bridge, but the effort is well worth it.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 April 2024
  • greconj
    New Jersey367 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much history
    A must-see when in the area. Really interesting history and great views. There is not much in the way of facilities around so make sure you pack water and snacks before you head there. You can cross the border between Arizona and Nevada and also at the right time of the year you cross time zones.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 May 2024
  • 1stserve
    Midlothian, Virginia59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hoover Dam - May 2024
    We visited Hoover Dam through Gray Line Bus Tours on a Thursday morning in May 2024.  Our tour guide, Michael, was the best, with non-stop jokes about Las Vegas, current events, and the tour we were about to embark on.  Michael was informative about what we were seeing as we passed by each stop, with exciting tips and facts along the way.  He made sure that each person was given photo opportunities at each stop and that we were greeted back to the bus with a warm smile and a cold drink (water.)  We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing the man-made wonders of the US.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 May 2024
  • Rachel & Andy
    393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to stop and view the Dam
    Don't miss the Hoover Dam on your road trip to or from the Grand Canyon. This awe-inspiring structure is a testament to human engineering. A great place to stop for a good view is the Mike O'Callagan Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge Plaza. Lots of parking spaces here, though there's a separate toll to enter the area. Stretch your legs on the short 10min walk to the middle of the viewing bridge overlooking the Dam, snap some photos, and soak up the birds eye views before continuing your adventure. The bridge is even accessible with a huge ramp up to the top, just be prepared that it may be too much for those unsteady on their feet or for those afriad of heights. But we think it's a perfect stop on your journey!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 May 2024
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,499 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
This is the vehicular bridge spanning the dam, now Interstate 11. Has an exit for the dam proper, where your vehicle will have to pass a security check. There will be a couple of parking areas before getting to the towered parking adjoining the dam site. The second parking area offers a short uphill walkway where you can walk across the I-11 bridge. From here you get really great views of the dam structure, geology, and the lake. I would opt for this if you have the energy. Once you drive down to the dam and park (there is a fee) you can walk around and explore the exterior surroundings as well as enter the facility and take a guided tour. However, I must caution old timers that you can no longer exit the dam by vehicle into Arizona via the access road. You must use I-11 now.
Written 27 June 2020
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ray
Las Vegas, NV93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The Hoover Dam is located about 45 minutes drive away from downtown Las Vegas. So you'll decide if you want to rent a car or book a tour. When you drive your car across the Hoover Dam Bypass, you cannot see the dam or the water below. The cross winds are sometimes frisky. There is a one hour time change when traveling across this bypass because Nevada is in the Pacific time zone and Arizona is in the Mountain time zone. From the bypass, which is I-11, follow the signs to the dam. You can drive your car across the dam between Arizona and Nevada or you can park your car and walk across the dam using the pedestrian walkways. There is a gift shop, cafe, and restrooms as well as a monument with recorded dictation and bronze inscriptions. All of this is free. If you wish to take a tour inside, you can stop into the tourist information center or ask for directions at the gift shop. This site is well worth the visit for school age kids, young people as well as seniors. Keep in mind that if you're visiting in the summer, it is hot, hot, hot outside. And in the winter, the cold winds can be biting. So dress accordingly. Take lots of pictures and when you leave Hoover Dam, you can query the internet for additional information.
Written 9 March 2020
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Linda M
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
The Hoover Dam has always been a favorite tourist stop in Las Vegas. While you are there, take the time to walk the Pat Tillman bypass bridge. It is accessible by wheelchair via a switchback ramp, or you can take the stairs. Once on the bridge, there are bronze plaques describing the step by step bridge construction time line. The views from the bridge are jaw-dropping. If you are lucky, you might see some big horned sheep grazing on the hills nearby. It is a leisurely walk taking about an hour to cross the bridge and return.
Written 16 March 2020
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Lynne C
Palo Alto, CA84 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
thought it was not worth the $10 admission no tours so just walk around would take a pass next time and just walk around myself .
He also asked if we were over 61 but then charged us the full fare I asked him so no discount for over 61 and he said no only on the tours and they are not operating at the moment.
So why ask I asked him he said just habit...
Written 3 July 2021
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Sheldon L
Dubai, United Arab Emirates7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Hoover Dam has been seen by me 3 times and it never grows old.
The vision that it holds in the valley of rocks is truly amazing. The history of the people who died and lived while building this Hoover Dam. Our tour guide Adam Klasfeld was well informed and very dramatic in telling us the stories. I definately would take Grand Canyon Tours again as their vehicle was exceptional for comfort and getting in and out of the vehicle at our stops.
Written 4 March 2020
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Tami S
Skagway, AK136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We drove our rental car from Vegas to the Hoover Dam on Jan 2, the busiest week of the year to visit, according to an employee there. The drive was pretty easy and close enough for a half day trip. There was sooooo much traffic and we had to go farther and farther and farther away. Ready to throw in the towel, they had opened the parking garage for additional vehicles just as were going to leave. You can walk around on your own or pay for tours. There were a few different options based on your budget and what you wanted to see. We just did the visitor center and exhibits as we had lost a lot of time driving around the area. Great exhibit on the construction of the dam and amazing views. Glad we were able to get in there to get a little more out of our visit.
Written 27 January 2020
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Bee80204
Denver, CO5,062 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
It’s cool to walk over this bridge. The architecture is amazing. The way they built the memorial bridge roadway. There is a switchback to walk up or stairs. Makes it easier if you can’t climb stairs easily. Strollers and wheelchairs fit as well. There are informational boards along the way so you can learn all about the build and also the two men the bridge is named after. I knew all about Pat Tillman but not about Mike O’Callaghan so it was nice to read about his accomplishments. The railing along the bridge is high enough that I didn’t feel weird about being so high. I felt safe and secure. The views are amazing. The mountains are beautiful and surreal. It wasn’t a bad walk but we didn’t go all the way into Arizona as we didn’t feel like it. But it was a nice walk after learning about the Hoover Dam.
Written 10 January 2020
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101_TravelMom
Hanover, Canada87 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Checked out Hoover Dam on our way to Grand Canyon. I don't think the $10 parking fee at the entrance is the only place to park, we saw a number of vehicles proceed over the dam and park on the far side. Also another fee to enter the visitor centre under the dam, then another fee to do the tour under the dam.. a lot of $$ collection points. We walked along the top of the dam, both sides and found that to be enough for no additional fees. Amazing engineering! Sad to see the receding water level, it would have been awesome to see things running at top capacity back in the day!
Written 11 March 2020
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Scigris
Las Vegas, NV525 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I remember when this was first being built. Having to go through Boulder city and go over the dam with all the traffic has always been time-consuming. Thankfully the bypass allows us to just sell on through and get to Phoenix or headed east a lot quicker. It probably save me at least an hour.
Written 5 March 2020
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Sachin B
Calgary, Canada15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is a must see if you are in Vegas. Just as the "Strip" this Dam is an icon in itself & a man made marvel. The sheer size of it makes you wonder how it was even possible to contemplate the construction at that time. I am glad I didn't miss it.
Written 7 March 2020
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