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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  • 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 23 April 2023
  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, Maryland1,079 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
    15 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, 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 15 June 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 10 July 2023
  • Tofurry
    Renton, Washington1,078 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
    158 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 Kingdom435 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, Texas1,212 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
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Indy-ND
South Bend, IN3,563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you're my age, the Hoover Dam was something you learned about in school. I always wanted to go see it. We didn't get there my first trip to Vegas, but I wasn't missing it on my second trip.

You will go through security for a vehicle check on your way to the dam, once you get off the highway, so be aware. You should definitely stop at the parking area and walk over the Tillman Bridge. You will get the iconic photo of the dam. We then drove down and over the dam to the Arizona side. I wasn't going to miss the chance to drive over the top of the dam itself. We parked on the Arizona side and took some photos, then drove back to the parking lot of the Nevada side.

We walked half way across the dam and took some pictures straight down, which was really cool. The Visitor Center was under construction, as was some of the walking areas. The gift shop was pretty decent and the restaurant was open (we did not go).

I think parking was about $10, give or take, and to drive over the dam, walk around the dam, and the overlooks, were all free. This is a good budget stop, if you do not have time for a proper dam tour. I may look into that next time.

Cool stop. I can check it off my Bucket List.
Written 10 April 2024
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1RaiderFan
Schenectady, NY421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Something you have to just see. It is a miracle of modern engineering. Big crowds but was easy to park and get out and enjoy. Great picture opportunities and the views of the Dan are simply stunning.
Written 7 April 2024
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Tami P
Hastings, MN5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We took the dam tour and walked on the bridge. It was very interesting Go early to avoid lines and crowds The visitor center was closed due to construction We were there for a good two hours
Written 4 April 2024
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ldgp14
Walsall, UK2,860 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We visited the Hoover Dam on our drive from Vegas to the Grand Canyon, the dam truly is an engineering marvel and well worth a visit, it costs $10 to park on the car park there.
Written 3 April 2024
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AlexTheJock
Wigston, UK2,152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My wife and I, and our two long-time friends, all of us in our mid-sixties stopped of here on the way back from an excursion to the Grand Canyon, and it was the perfect way to end the day. We didn’t have an organised tour of the dam, but just being able to wander around this magnificent feat of engineering was enough for us. We spent around an hour walking around the dam and the scenic overlooks, and were in awe at the majesty of not only the dam but also the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which spans the Colorado River just above the dam. Everything about both these structures is mind-blowing, and we’re so glad that our tour guide afforded us the privilege of being able to view them from the vantage points we had.
Written 31 March 2024
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Icarus4335
Colorado Springs, CO821 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We walked around and got some pictures of the dam and then did the Power Plant Tour. It was cool, but a little short. The exhibit part at the end is currently under construction.
Written 28 March 2024
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The Nanny
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
AMAZING! Absolutely loved this tour. It was amazing to see how this dam was built. It you go, the add on tour is a MUST!. It was well worth it.
Written 22 March 2024
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SunandMarg
Vancouver, Canada147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The best experience of our Las Vegas trip. Its about 40 minutes from the strip. Fun to walk around and check out with the family. Gift shop was open. Lots of parking. Great attraction
Written 22 March 2024
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drwatson32
Shawnee, OK1,076 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We took the tour offered at the dam. Leave all sharp objects in your vehicle because security will be checking just like you're at the airport. Going down into the dam was cool. The tour doesn't take long. We had 63 people in our group, but we could hear and see everything just fine. We didn't have to book in advance, but this place might get busier in the summer months.
Written 19 March 2024
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Carrie D.
Cleveland, OH1,987 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
It’s been about 15 years since I had been to Hoover Dam and it was almost unrecognizable. They’ve done a beautiful job renovating the entire place, but now it is a lot more expensive to visit and the security is on another level. Parking in the garage was $10. It was $30/person just to walk in the new visitor center, so we passed on that. We were disappointed to not be able to at least see some informational exhibits or displays, but $30/person was way too much for that. Our visit was brief as a result. We walked across the dam and that was about it—it’s basically a money trap now.
Written 17 March 2024
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