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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  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, Maryland969 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 30 May 2023
  • Carol G
    27 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 10 June 2023
  • canadian-moo
    Langley City, Canada216 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 15 June 2023
  • SuburbanMomof2kids
    Princeton Junction, New Jersey48 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 10 July 2023
  • Tofurry
    Renton, Washington1,069 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must do if visiting Vegas
    The Hoover Dam was on our list of must do on our 3 day visit to Vegas. We drove out early and got there before opening so we were able to get on the first tour of the day. We did the $30 tour which included the power plant and the dam. We enjoyed being able to walk around the inside of the dam and learned a lot from our tour guides. To look out one of the vents of the dam, you go through a narrow and short tunnel, and even though we are not tall, we still had to bend over a bit. Also with people coming out while you are going in, you are pretty much walking on the sides of circular tunnel, so you have to be careful not to slip or trip. After the tour was done, we were able to take pictures on the outside. We were glad we were there at around 10am. It was already so hot then, I can't imagine going in the afternoon. We got a cool Hoover Dam water bottle for a souvenir ($5). Parking is $10.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • philip w
    161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hoover dam august 2023
    If you go to this area this is worth a visit. It is an engineering marvel and there is a road bridge above the dam which is also great. Out there it’s over 40 degrees so be careful. It costs nothing to drive there park up on the opposite side from the visitor centre and have a walk about.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Jo P
    Brough, United Kingdom596 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth Visiting if in Vegas
    We visited early morning before the visitor centre opened so we had it mainly to ourselves. Park on the other side of the dam (drive over it) and the parking is free, I believe the other cars there is a charge. We enjoyed just walking around and didn't have time for the visitor centre. Short drive from Las Vegas and on the way to the Grad Canyon
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Rich K
    Fredericksburg, Virginia53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The dam is impressive and highly interesting. The expensive dam tour is over rated, do the mid grade tour instead.
    We've been to the dam before. It's a delight and charm to visit this dam. It is worth the experience without question. We've been unable to do the tour in years past due to covid but this year the tours were opened up. Warning that in August it's very hot and can be unbearable to explore the outside. The inside for the tours is very comfortable. We wanted to do the big dam guided tour for $30/ticket. It promised to offer more than the $15 power plant tour ticket. The $30 ticket is the same as the power plant tour but takes you into the tunnels of the dam. We found that the $15 power plant tour would be sufficient. We did not feel the $30 tour was anything worth the $15 more it cost to do it. We felt it was overrated and not as unique as we thought. We'd rather have just done the power plant tour, that seems to cover the most interesting features. For the $30 tour you go into tunnels of the dam but you're basically looking at tunnels that are covered with porcelain tiles and at least have the experience of walking inside the dam. But we didn't feel walking inside the dam was worth $30. You decide how important that is. We like unique things, this made us feel we wasted $90 vs. $45.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • melwashere81
    Cleveland, Texas3,456 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    Hoover Dam is a must-see! Be ready to go through security just to be able to park, then even more security if you go to the visitor center or want to do a dam tour. It's $10 to park, and there's actually a nice shaded parking garage right across from the visitor center. Be looking for it on the left because we passed by it and didn't even see it. There's another spot to park, but it's further down and a long walk back to the visitor center. The visitor center was nice, and there is an observation deck to view the dam, but honestly, there are better views in other places that are free. When you are at the dam, you will see a bridge. Be sure to back track when you drive out and find the parking for that bridge. It's free, and it has the best views of Hoover Dam, in my opinion. Honestly, if you're not planning to take a tour or do any of the activities at the dam, then I'd skip it and just go to the bridge. The visitor center was worth a stop for us, though.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
  • DrCDB
    Chile1,007 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    Quite an amazing piece of engineering and construction. Hoover dam is impressive from where you look at it. You can walk through a bridge that allows to get very good views of the whole infraestructura. As well you can drive very close by too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 September 2023
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Londa
Marion, AR489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We got there early. Parked in the parking garage- $10 and worth it! We did the full plant and lower tour. It was $30 each and the guides are very knowledgeable and answer all questions. Easy drive from Vegas- about 35 min. I’d suggest if going during summer early season get there early. They can only handle so many per tour.
Written 22 May 2024
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Jennifer G
Frisco, TX240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It’s worth stopping to see the Dam – it’s very impressive and a sight to see. I stopped here on my way to Las Vegas. I’ve done the tour before so I didn’t do it this time. We just walked around outside and looked at the dam. Unfortunately, the visitor center was closed for renovations. Make sure to bring water as it gets very hot here. Also, they charge for parking. They have two different parking lots – a garage on one side and a lot on the other side.
Written 15 May 2024
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Larry L
Corvallis, United States39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Amazing place you must see to fully appreciate. Security check in was professional and pretty fast. Parking is a nightmare. Very crowded with long waits for tours. Tour guide was excellent.
Written 29 April 2024
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Captain Hook
Grimsby, UK419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Amazing place. Good parking across the dam then walk back and take your photos. On leaving make sure you park up and walk across the O'Callaghan - Tillman Bridge which give your spectacular views back down on the dam.
Written 29 April 2024
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RPS117
Rochester, MI16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a fantastic time. We first drove over the dam and then returned to park in the parking structure. We went on the shorter tour with the movie and then down into the dam itself. We were able to take all of the "DAM" pictures that we wanted during the entire time.
Written 28 April 2024
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Nathan
Portsmouth, UK510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Its such a good place to stop and hear how it was built. Did not see Superman or Megatron but did take the shorter 45 minute tour to see the turbines which is well worth doing. The car park is $10 and so easy to use, and you can then take a good look around. The visitor centre is having some work done, but should be great when open again. Did not go up the bridge to look back at the dam, but did stop at Lake Mead Scenic View on the way out. Well worth a visit when passing, and maybe after go to the Boulder Dam Hotel in Boulder City that has a really good free museum on the Dam and the city that built it. We stayed there (10 mins away) so perfect stop or stay before or after a Dam visit.
Written 23 April 2024
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Elaine K
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Unfortunately we visited on Saturday and everything was way too crowded to enjoy. Would like to return, but on different day of the week.
Written 22 April 2024
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Kate J
83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Fascinating tour of the dam which takes you below ground to where the turbines are. Guide filled us with loads of facts and figures which makes this place very interesting to anyone that can appreciate the size and scale of the place. If you arrive from the Nevada side don't take the road to the paid parking area ($10 for parking) but travel across the damm bridge and up the Arizona side. There is free parking there and a great viewing area.
Also worth visiting the very high road bridge which is a great viewing point.
Written 22 April 2024
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Carol B
Monterey, CA65 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We were 8 people who paid $30 each for a Hoover dam full tour. The guide we had was so very poor. Adam spoke so fast you could not understand him. I asked him if he could slow down his speech a little. He said No he had too much to cover. Then in the tunnel he went on on the politics of water. Then about his wife having MS. My concern, you did have time to slow your speak. We waisted $30 each for this poor tour. Avoid Adam as a tour guide.
Written 22 April 2024
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Riplee04
Madison, WI67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Ok to start off - It's been my husband's dream to see this place. It would not have been my choice to drive 2.5 hours (one way) to see it BUT having done it, it was really cool (he would've given it 5 stars but this is my review so I'm giving it 4).
Pros - The tour & guides were very informative, friendly & knowledgeable. The tour itself was about the right amount of time and offered different experiences, views & facts to keep it interesting. I feel like for $10 to park and $30 for the whole tour - it was a reasonable thing (and the money part is optional depending on what / how much you want to see). Just the sheer marvel it must've been do build this thing back before computers and technology - it's truly an amazing sight.
Cons - If you are claustrophobic, the full tour is not for you. There are places in the tour that are very tight, small spaces with lots of people (the elevator ride is about 70 seconds and you're in with about 50 of your closest friends) - this was NOT easy for me but I let the guide know I had some anxiety and she (and others on the tour) were super sweet. There is one other place that gets really tight, and I could've opted out but wanted to experience it w/ my husband so I did it and I was fine :) Also, it gets HOT here - I was shocked at how hot (and how crowded) it was on a Tuesday in April. Bring sunscreen / water if you're going to do any exploring outside. It was hard to hear the tour guide in some of the places near the turbines (that's probably also more of our issue) - I didnt care but hubby would've loved to learn more and had a hard time w/ the generator nose, people, etc. Lots of steps, if you have a hard time navigating inclines or steps, seeing the view from the Pat Tillman bridge will be an issue. We climbed and climbed and climbed and though the view is pretty impressive from about 800' above the dam itself - I'm not sure it was worth all the heat/climbing (without any water - again this was bad on us) had we planned better, I think it would've been more enjoyable.
All in all if youre near the area, it is a really cool thing to see & learn about! No regrets!
Written 21 April 2024
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