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Visit at Night for an Awesome View of the Hoover Dam Lit Up!

Quite a sight to see --- especially at night with the Dam all lit up! Our tour bus driver on the way back from the Grand Canyon made a point of pointing it out, and I'm glad he did!

The bypass is a beautiful way to see nature's bounty! Serene, comforting and did I mention beautiful? Stop at the Dam and enjoy man's marvel.

On the way to Las Vegas, one has to cross the dam anyway so this new bridge is truly wonderful. The side walls of the bridge are high enough so that unless you are watching the signs, you will not know that you crossed over. It is not possible to see the dam from the bridge. There is a parking garage on the Nevada side with a fee of $10. From there one may cross the highway to the Visitor's Center. Please note that US 93 is not an Interstate, as noted elsewhere. If you do not wish to pay to park here continue on and park for free and then take the wheelchair ramp or stairs to the pedestrian sidewalk on the dam side of the highway. From this vantage point you are looking down at the dam and Lake Mead behind it. This is the only place to access the pedestrian sidewalk, and it is not possible to enter the Visitor's Center from here. Turn around and drive back down and then you may drive your vehicle across the dam top itself to the Arizona side. The first level of parking also costs $10, but the higher levels are free. Each level has a different perspective of the Dam and the Lake and each is fascinating in its own right. Tours are given but one can also walk across the dam themselves unescorted and enjoy the view at their own pace. Inside the Dam tours are also offered. Inquire about those at the Visitor's Center. The Dam Top can be very windy and the vehicle traffic is heavy. It can also be quite warm out there and the sun can be intense. So remember a hat and sunscreen and comfortable shoes.

hoover dam night tours

Fun, crowded, much smaller than imagined. We took the short ($15) tour. In my personal opinion, the tour wasn't really worth doing. My husband, however (an engineer), loved it. They really only take you to two areas - a room over a giant tube that water passes through and a turbine room, but you couldn't see any turbines turning. Got chased out of the second room by the next tour (and a rather rude tour guide -not ours). Glad it wasn't any hotter or more crowded - we thought it was bad but the workers told us that the summer months are much more crowded and over 120 degrees on top of the dam!!!

Completed in 2010, this is the second highest bridge in the United States. The building of the bridge is recorded on easy to read (and understand) plaques, but only in English. Stairs to access the bridge, but also a long, long zig zag ramp for wheel chairs. The view is impressive.

We were recommended coming to the bridge by a local who said it was the best way to view the dam. We were not disappointed. The pictures we saw of people on the dam with the bridge in the background were not the pictures we wanted, we wanted memories of the dam itself! Also, the parking at the dam is $10, but parking here is free! There was a bit of a walk to the bridge, if the steps put you off, just go up the ramps like we did with our baby and pushchair! Look out for the little right turn after you get through the security check point for the bridge - blink and you'll miss it!

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Visiting the Hoover Dam: The Complete Guide

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TripSavvy / Deanna Mazzola

History of the Hoover Dam

How to visit the hoover dam, how to drive across the hoover dam, the best views of the hoover dam, tours of the hoover dam, how to get there, where to stay nearby, tips for your visit.

The  Hoover Dam (originally known as the Boulder Dam), which holds back the mighty Colorado River forming Lake Mead , is located on the Arizona-Nevada border on Highway 93. It's 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas . 

It's a popular tourist destination whose Bureau of Reclamation tour alone draws nearly 1 million visitors every year. The bureau has been leading visitors through the dam and power plant since the '30s, and it is no less impressive today. If you're planning a trip to see the Hoover Dam in person, here's what to know.

The construction of the Hoover Dam originally named the Boulder Dam, backed up the Colorado River, resulting in the formation of Lake Mead. The dam was completed in five years. The contractors were allowed seven years from April 20, 1931, but concrete placement in the dam was completed May 29, 1935, and all features were completed by March 1, 1936.

Nearby Boulder City was built in 1931 to house the dam workers. It is the only city in Nevada where gambling is illegal. Visitors can enjoy antique shopping and restaurants.

If you want to visit the Hoover Dam, the first place to start is at the visitor center . Here, you can make your reservations, get the opening hours, learn about special events, and more.  Yes, you can enjoy the Dam for free. Park in one of the free parking areas and walk across the dam, where you will find plenty of great photo opportunities and interesting information posted along the way. Look up as you walk and see another marvel of engineering: the construction of an immense bridge across the river just downstream from Hoover Dam, on the Hoover Dam Bypass.

There are restrooms in the visitors center, parking garage, adjacent to the Old Exhibit Building and in the downstream face towers on top of the dam. Shopping for a souvenir? You'll find some interesting things at the gift shop on the lower floor of the parking garage. There is also a food concession at the dam.

Look for the warning signs before you cross the Hoover Dam. Not all types of vehicles are allowed to cross the dam. Even better, do a little research on the important  information  before you leave. You might be surprised to know that RVs and rental trucks can cross the dam (but they may be inspected). 

It's tempting to want to stop and take photos of the Hoover Dam or just pause and take it all in. Look for the many pullouts to safely do this. Don't stop on the street. 

The visitors center is on the Nevada side of the dam and it can be a bit more crowded but is another place to park. If you want covered parking or primo parking spots, be prepared to pay. Oversized vehicles, those with trailers and recreational vehicles can't park in the garage closest to the visitors center, though. They have to park in a lot on the Arizona side of the dam. If you're on a budget, you can find lots on the Arizona side a bit further up the canyon that offers free parking, if you don't mind the walk across. There is a closer lot on the Arizona side that costs a fee.

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Tours of the Hoover Dam are available at the visitors center a first come, first served basis for those over 8 years of age. (Younger children cannot go on the tour.) For those wanting to see the Power Plant, too, you can reserve a ticket online or at the visitors center. All ages are allowed on the Power Plant tour. Neither tour is accessible for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

The Hoover Dam is about a 45 minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip . Exact times may vary due to traffic. Rideshare services can cost around $60 one way depending on the time of day. If you are taking your own car, a parking garage can be found on the Nevada side of the dam. This garage costs $10 and only accepts cash.

There are no public transportation options that go directly to the dam. Take note that the Hoover Dam does not have an exact address, so make sure to set your GPS to the Hoover Dam Visitors Center.

The closest nearby cities to the Hoover Dam are Boulder City, Nevada, Henderson, Nevada, and Winchester, Nevada. A few affordable options are the Hoover Dam Lodge & Casino , the Boulder Dam Hotel , and the Best Western Hoover Dam .

You can find more mid-range options in nearby Lake Las Vegas , including The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa and the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa .

If you're planning on staying in Las Vegas and road tripping, make sure to check out our list of the best hotels to book in Las Vegas .

  • The Hoover Dam is a major attraction. It is worth visiting, but you may want to avoid the crowds. The slowest months for visitation are January and February. The least crowded time of day for tours is 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Remember that you are in the desert. It can get hot at Hoover Dam (lots of concrete, remember?). Dress accordingly and bring water.
  • When you are at the Hoover Dam, be sure and take the time to look at the Hoover Dam Bypass. The bridge over the Colorado River is viewable from the dam and as you drive across. The immense bridge is both amazing and scary. It is 900 feet above the river, making it the world's highest concrete arch bridge and the second-highest bridge in the United States, behind the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado.
  • The main part of the bypass, which rerouted the highway to have fewer sharp turns, is named the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. The bypass opened in 2010.

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6 Best Hoover Dam Tours from Vegas

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The Hoover Dam warrants a visit if you're taking a trip to the Grand Canyon or Las Vegas.

If you're planning what to see and do in Las Vegas , you may be considering a daytrip to the Hoover Dam – the National Historic Landmark that diverts water from the Colorado River to various corners of the southwestern United States. Authorized by President Calvin Coolidge in 1928, the dam took around five years to build. At the time of its completion in 1935, dam workers used 6.6 million tons of concrete, more than 5 million barrels of cement and 45 million pounds of steel.

Tours of the facility are available on-site and include access to the power plant and the dam's tunnels. However, independent tour companies – many of which depart from Las Vegas – also make stops at the dam. Many of the Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas include additional experiences, such as a stop at the Las Vegas welcome sign or the Seven Magic Mountains public art installation.

Considering both traveler sentiment and expert input, U.S. News selected six of the best Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas.

Comedy on Deck Tours – Hoover Dam Ultimate VIP Tour

Price: Adults from $90; kids from $80 Duration: 7 hours

Guides double as stand-up comedians on this approximately seven-hour Hoover Dam bus tour. In addition to round-trip transportation from your Las Vegas Strip hotel and a dedicated driver, this full-day tour includes a 45-minute walk across the top of the dam, the chance to see interior generators and learn how they work, and a sit-down lunch at a local restaurant. Plus, you'll stop at the iconic Las Vegas welcome sign for a photo-op and drive through historic Boulder City, Nevada. Tourists call it a great way to spend a day and the best "dam" tour around thanks to the entertaining and talented guides.

This tour departs daily between 7:25 and 8:20 a.m., depending on your hotel's location on the Strip. Tickets cost approximately $90 for adults and $80 for children ages 11 and younger. The company also offers a Grand Canyon West tour.

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Gray Line Las Vegas – Half Day Hoover Dam from Las Vegas Tour

Price: From $72 Duration: 4.5 hours

An ideal option if you're short on time, this half-day Hoover Dam tour from Gray Line Las Vegas promises round-trip transportation from the Strip to the dam, plenty of photo opportunities and two hours to explore at the dam. During the 4 1/2-hour excursion, you'll also enjoy access to the museum and visitor center, as well as a guided tour of the power plant. Plus, the tour includes time for a photo-op at the famous Las Vegas welcome sign. Reviewers rave about the views and the entertaining, informative guides. They also say this is a convenient tour for travelers based in Las Vegas.

Tickets start at $72 per person and include Las Vegas hotel pickup and drop-off. Infants up to 23 months old ride for free. Two departures are available daily at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Gray Line also offers tours to see the Grand Canyon .

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Vegas Trike Adventures – VIP Deluxe Hoover Dam Trike/Slingshot Tour

Price: From $300 Duration: 4 hours

Explore the area surrounding the Hoover Dam behind the wheel of your very own Rewaco trike, a three-wheeled motorcycle. During the four-hour guided trip, you'll take in spectacular views of Lake Mead (one of the most well-known lakes in Arizona ), the Hoover Dam, Boulder City, the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and more. Along the way, your guide will point out landmarks and allow time for you to stop for pictures. Travelers call this journey an amazing experience thanks to the seasoned guides and recommend the activity if you're looking for an adventurous experience away from the Strip.

Tours start at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday and conclude around noon. Tickets cost approximately $300 per two-person trike with a combined passenger weight of 400 pounds. No motorcycle license is needed. You can also take this tour via the company's Slingshots, or three-wheeled vehicles. Prices for Slingshot use start at $375. Helmets are an additional $10 fee. Vegas Trike Adventures also offers tours of the Las Vegas Strip and Red Rock Canyon .

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Pink Adventure Tours – Hoover Dam Tour

Price: Adults from $114; kids from $104 Duration: 3 hours

Take in views of Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River on this three-hour tour that's capped at 10 participants. You'll get picked up from your Las Vegas hotel in one of the company's air-conditioned "Tour Trekker" vehicles, which features oversized windows, leather captain's chairs and an onboard audio system so you can easily hear the commentary from your driver, who doubles as your guide. Along your drive to the dam, you'll learn about the Mojave Desert, as well as early mining in the area and housing for dam workers. Upon reaching the dam, you'll enjoy 360-degree views from the observation deck before descending to the Power Plant. Guides from the Bureau of Reclamation will take you through the inspection tunnels and the generator room. Most reviewers give this tour high marks, praising the knowledgeable, entertaining tour guides and comfortable vehicles.

Take your pick between an 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. departure. Ticket prices start at $114 for adults and $104 for children ages 3 to 12; this experience isn't suitable for kids younger than 3. Pink Adventure Tours also offers tours of Red Rock Canyon and the Strip.

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MaxTour – Hoover Dam Walk On Top Tour with Seven Magic Mountains

Price: From $80 Duration: 5 hours

You'll see more than just the Hoover Dam on this jam-packed, five-hour itinerary. After being picked up from your Las Vegas hotel, you'll stop at the Las Vegas welcome sign to snap some photos before heading to Seven Magic Mountains, a public art installation by Ugo Rondinone that features a collection of colorful stacked boulders. Next up is a walking tour across the Hoover Dam and the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Along the way, your guide will make bonus stops at some of their favorite "hidden gem" spots. Participants laud the knowledgeable guides, who reviewers say make the experience fun and memorable. Others appreciated the guides' willingness to take photos for them, and their many restaurant recommendations.

Tours, which are capped at 14 people, are offered Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 8 a.m. Tickets cost about $80 per person. The company also operates tours that combine a visit to the Hoover Dam with a stop at the Grand Canyon.

Mr. Las Vegas – Hoover Dam Mini Tour

Price: Adults from $70; kids from $65 Duration: 3 hours

If you don't want to devote an entire day to seeing the Hoover Dam, consider this approximately three-hour small-group tour operated by Mr. Las Vegas. It includes round-trip transportation from the Strip on a 14-person vehicle, a drive through Boulder City, and stops at Lake Mead and Hemenway Park (known for its big horn sheep). You'll also enjoy plenty of panoramic views and photo-ops at the Hoover Dam, including at the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge. Reviewers praise the length of the tour and applaud the guides for their informative, engaging delivery. They also praise the views to and from the dam.

Hoover Dam tours are available twice-daily at 8 a.m. and noon. Note that tour lengths may stretch to four hours based on where you are picked up or dropped off on the Strip. Tickets cost approximately $70 for adults and $65 for kids ages 3 to 17; children 2 and younger can join for free. Mr. Las Vegas also operates tours that combine a visit to the Hoover Dam with a stop at the Grand Canyon.

Frequently Asked Questions

The length of a Hoover Dam tour depends on which one you select; the Bureau of Reclamation offers two. If you opt for the Guided Power Plant Tour, it takes about 30 minutes. The Guided Dam Tour lasts about one hour. A tour with an independent company – which provides round-trip transportation from Las Vegas and may stop at other locales – will likely last several hours.

Yes, you can see the Hoover Dam without a tour. The exterior of the dam is open to visitors daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can take a self-guided tour of the visitor center for $10, which includes access to the center's exhibits and access to the observation deck and Original Exhibit Building. You can also view parts of the Hoover Dam for free from the pedestrian plaza, which features panoramic views of the Colorado River, Lake Mead and the dam. However, if you'd like to see the historic construction tunnels, walk through the inspection tunnels or take a tour of the power plant, you'll need to purchase tickets for one of the guided tours.

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The 7 Best Hoover Dam Tours From Las Vegas [2024 Reviews]

Explore the amazing hoover dam while learning it's history. we examine the top hoover dam tours from las vegas.

Constructed in the early 1930’s, Hoover Dam represents the kind of manpower and possibility American workers and industry were capable of.

As one of the tallest concrete dams in the world, it’s quite the site to see! Located just 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas, it’s absolutely worth going to see if you have the time!

We have all of the top Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas tours right here for you!

Be sure to see our reviews of Red Rock Canyon tours , Antelope Canyon tours and Grand Canyon tours .

Best Hoover Dam Tours

Quick answer: the 7 best rated hoover dam tours from las vegas.

  • Best Value Tour: Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas With Lunch
  • Best Half-Day Tour: From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Half-Day Tour
  • Best Private Tour: Half-Day Hoover Dam Private Tour from Las Vegas
  • Best Guided Tour: Hoover Dam Experience from Las Vegas
  • Best Full Day Tour: Grand Canyon West Rim With Hoover Dam Photo Stop
  • Best Budget Tour: Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas
  • Best Adventure Tour: Hoover Dam Trike Tour

Hoover Dam Tour Reviews

1. best value tour: hoover dam tour from las vegas with lunch.

  • Duration: 6.5 hours
  • Departure: Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Departure Time: 8 am
  • Includes: Professional Guide, Government’s Power Plant Tour inside the Visitor Center, Exhibit Tour Exclusive, 45 minute Walk On The Top tour, bottled water, complimentary ticket for the LA Comedy Club at the Strat

The Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas with Lunch is one of the most comprehensive tours, making it one of the most highly-rated from consumers time after time.

Lasting 6.5 hours, you’ll get to see an in-depth version of Hoover Dam that most people don’t even know exists! If you’re ready for a fun, educational adventure away from Vegas, you’ll love this one!

Once you’re picked up from your Las Vegas hotel, you’ll board an air-conditioned, comfy vehicle. The drivers are very experienced, and make the entire drive entertaining with their anecdotes and stories about the area. Due to the small group size, you’ll be able to ask your guide questions regarding the Hoover Dam history and related subjects.

Once you all arrive, you’ll head straight into the Powerplant Tour. This was particularly interesting, where you’ll climb up to a whopping 524 feet into the walls of the Black Canyon.

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This area lets you see the Nevada Powerwing, full of massive generators and pipes inside the diversion tunnels! After learning about how it operates and how it began, you’ll then take the elevator back to the Visitor Center.

The Walk on the Top portion of the tour tends to be the crowd favorite, as you’re literally walking over the dam! The vast majority of Hoover Dam tours do not offer this!

You’ll stop on the bypass bridge to check out the incredible aerial views (make sure you don’t have a fear of heights!), take some photos, and head back to the bus.

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100% refund for cancellations within 24 hours of tour experience, 2. best half-day tour: from las vegas: hoover dam half-day tour.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Departure: Hotel pickup and drop-off is included
  • Departure Time: 8 am and 1 pm
  • Includes:  Professional Guide, hotel pickup and drop-off, bottled water

If you want to sneak away from the Las Vegas hustle-and-bustle, this next tour is a great way to do so! The  Hoover Dam Half Day Tour from Las Vegas is just a ton of fun, with the opportunity of seeing something that many people don’t get the opportunity to. However, you’ll see much more than just the dam on this excursion!

Once picked up from your Vegas Strip or downtown hotel in the morning (afternoon available), you’ll head straight to the dam. On the way, your tour guides will fill you in on some of the important highlights of the history of the dam and surrounding area.

All guides are certified professionals with a lot of experience, and the small group size means it’s more personalized. Once you arrive to the dam, you’ll go on an extended exterior tour of the dam.

You’ll learn even more about how it was built, how difficult it was to get it going during this crucial time in history (the Great Depression), and much more.

You’ll get to walk across the dam into Arizona, standing almost 1000 feet above the Colorado River! It almost feels like you’re soaring above in an aircraft, it’s so high!

On the way back to your Vegas hotel, you’ll make a stop at a local park full of Big Horn Sheep! Of course, this does depend on the time of year, but they come down from the mountains to graze on the grass in this area when it’s warmer.

At this time, you’ll even learn about the Native American history here, local flora and fauna, and more!

3. Best Private Tour: Half-Day Hoover Dam Private Tour from Las Vegas

  • Departure Time: 7 to 8 am
  • Includes:   Professional, local guide, pickup and drop-off, entry fees

Next we have the Private Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas . This 4.5 – 5-hour tour is a great way to slow down, get some exercise in, and learn about a very important structure in US history.

This tour does include round-trip transportation and all entry fees, making it one of the most seamless ways to go about seeing the dam.

Once you get picked up from your hotel, you’ll head out to the Dam and settle in to the comfy, climate-controlled vehicle with the rest of your group. The guides will talk to you about the history of the dam, so you already have a good idea of what to expect when you arrive.

Once you arrive, you’ll further learn about the area and follow the guide around to the best lookout spots.

In fact, from the Mike O’Callaghan/Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge you’ll be able to see pretty much all of the Dam and Black Canyon! Not only will you be able to see Nevada, you’ll be able to see Arizona!

We loved being able to see Lake Mead, with rich blue waters and a rich history. In fact, it’s the largest reservoir in the country, and is a popular destination for fishing, boating, swimming, and more!

You’ll then head inside the dam for the interior tour and powerplant tour. It’s so fascinating to see it from the inside, along with the displays and photos on the walls! On your way back to your Vegas hotel, you’ll stop in the beautiful 1930’s town of Boulder City and the historic Boulder Dam Hotel.

4. Best Guided Tour: Hoover Dam Experience from Las Vegas

  • Includes:  Bottled water, hotel pickup and drop-off, air-conditioned vehicle, light breakfast snack

If you’re on a budget and want something that isn’t going to empty out your pockets, we have just the tour for you. The Hoover Dam Experience from Las Vegas 5-hour tour is a fantastic way to let loose and get out into the open desert. If you’re looking for a bit of calm to contrast the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas, this is a fantastic option!

The tour starts by being picked up at your Las Vegas hotel by a comfy vehicle that will take you out for a 33-mile drive in the desert. Despite being a desert, it’s quite scenic and beautiful to look at.

While you are riding along, listen to the commentary offered by the guides who are experts in this area and have quite a bit of knowledge about the history. They’ll teach you all about the dam workers who lived in Boulder City in the 1930s – some of which who unfortunately didn’t make it.

You’ll then drive past Lake Mead, which is the second largest man-made lake in all of the Western Hemisphere! The cool thing is, if you didn’t know it, you’d probably never even realize that it’s manmade! You’ll then cross over the top of the dam.

For many, this is really the most breathtaking experience, and at 900 feet up it’s no wonder why. You’ll get plenty of close-up views of the structure, penstocks, and Arizona Spillway.

While it was closed due to COVID regulations, the generator room and power plant should now be open up to guests again. The interior tour is just as fascinating as the exterior, offering more in-depth knowledge about the history and operation of the dam.

5. Best Full Day Tour: Grand Canyon West Rim With Hoover Dam Photo Stop From Las Vegas

  • Duration: 10.5 hours
  • Departure Time: 6 am
  • Includes:  Air-conditioned vehicle, breakfast, selected hotel pickup and drop-off, unlimited bottled water, lunch (if option selected)

Are you on the hunt for a tour that’s more in-depth than just a couple of hours? Or perhaps you’d like to spend a bit more time outside of the city than just a morning? If either of those sound like you, then the Grand Canyon West Rim with Hoover Dam from Las Vegas tour is just for you!

Lasting a whopping 10.5 hours, you’re going to see not only the Hoover Dam, but the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree forest, and more. This educational, fun, adventurous excursion is great for people of all ages and is one that you’ll surely take again.

You’ll start off at the crack of dawn with a pickup at your Las Vegas hotel, then travel straight into the desert. You’ll get to see various Joshua Trees that grow here – some of which are almost a whopping 1,000 years old if you can believe it!

Before arriving at the Grand Canyon, you’ll make a stop at the Hoover Dam bypass bridge, where you’ll be able to take some photos and enjoy the incredible vistas of the structure.

Next, you’ll head out to the Grand Canyon’s west rim, which is where the famous Skywalk is located. The glass Skywalk may be a bit intimidating at first, but it offers some of the best views possible of the canyon, including the 4,000-foot drop to the Colorado River at the bottom!

The guides will tell you all about the geologic and cultural history of the area, creating even more of an impact.

Eagle Point is also a Native American village which features various tribal homes and offers a bit of insight into their lifestyle. You’ll get to enjoy some of their cultural activities, such as their traditional dance performances!

Then, head over to Guano Point with some more breathtaking views over the river, You can hike the trail over here, which leads to an insane lookout! Take lunch over and enjoy it with a view.

6. Best Budget Tour: Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Departure Time: Morning
  • Includes:  Hotel pickup and drop-off, helicopter flight (If option selected), bottled water

The Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas is another one we had to mention, due to the consistently top-notch ratings it receives. Lasting 4.5 hours, it’s a great way to fill in your morning and be back before the afternoon! Learn all about the history of the dam, how it was constructed, and how it’s played such a massive role in Vegas’ success.

Hotel pickup and drop-off is offered, so you don’t have to worry about transportation. Once you arrive to Hoover Dam, you’ll receive an express tour where you can check out the exhibit gallery and visitor center.

The penstock viewing platform offers incredible views, and you will also be able to take a guided tour where they teach you all about how it was made – during one of the most difficult parts of US history!

If you’d like, you can choose to upgrade to their “deluxe tour”, which includes lunch at The Hoover Dam Lodge and a stop at Ethel M’s chocolate factory and botanical gardens.

If you are a foodie, this is just a must-do. Alternatively, you can select the deluxe tour and the Lake Mead Cruise, which gets you out on a paddlewheel boat with a picnic lunch served on board!

Whichever one you choose, however, know that you’ll have a great time. The cruise is always a load of fun, with amazing views of the water and a yummy lunch.

The crew are funny, entertaining, and always place safety first. If traffic is light on the way to your hotel, you’ll also be able to make some stops for photo ops at the legendary Las Vegas “welcome” sign!

7. Best Adventure Tour: Hoover Dam Trike Tour

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Departure:  3050 Westwood Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • Includes:  Use of Automatic Trike Motorcycle, bottled water, driver/guide

Okay, now we’re almost positive you’ve never gone on a tour like this next one! The Hoover Dam Trike Tour is hands-down one of the most interesting ways to see the dam! You’ll hop on to a motorized trike and drive this one-of-a-kind vehicle and see the area’s most beautiful lookouts.

You do get an option of different vehicles if you don’t want a trike (though they’re pretty awesome). There are also slingshot vehicles and others that are similar to motorcycles, so it really just depends on what you choose.

However, the trikes are truly unique, and so easy to operate! If you don’t feel comfortable driving, however, it does fit 2 passengers which makes it great for going with a partner!

Before you head out, you’ll receive a thorough safety lecture by the guides and then the opportunity to take some practice runs before hitting the road.

As you ride around, the guides will explain the history of the area and the dam, mixing adrenaline with education. They do take you to various stops throughout so you have time to really see the area.

You’ll have time to walk across the dam’s overlook, take plenty of photos, and even view Lake Mead. The guides are very attentive, making sure everyone is safe, comfortable, and following them.

This is definitely a tour great for all ages and experience levels, as it does not require a motorcycle license. It gives you an amazing sense of freedom, and lets you get in some fresh air, too!

Las Vegas Travel Guide

Getting there –.

As Las Vegas is such a popular spot for tourists, it’s really convenient getting there (in most cases). It seems like a lot of major airlines offer direct flights to Vegas! American Airlines, Spirit, United, Delta, Southwest, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and many more.

As you can probably imagine, there are certain times throughout the year where flights are more expensive, such as New Year’s. If you can stand the heat, summer usually has the cheapest flights.

If you live in Southern California or Arizona, for example, you may prefer driving. The roads there are usually worth it alone, whether you like natural beauty or are itching to explore some of the various art displays in the middle of the desert.

Getting Around

While it’s very likely you’re going to spend the vast majority of your stay on the Strip, it’s not always as easy as just walking from one end to the other. Not to mention, if you’re going in the summer, that sun is going to be beaming on down on you, hard! Let’s talk about the most convenient ways to get around.

Monorail – Did you know that Las Vegas has a monorail? It sure does! This makes it so much easier for people to get around, from business travelers to tourists. This way, you can get around the Strip in less than 15 minutes! You have different types of fares, depending on how long you’re going to be there and how often you’ll need to move around. The mobile tickets are a breeze to use, too. We recommend the unlimited ride pass!

This system operates at trains every 4-8 minutes, including: MGM Grand, Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo/Caesar’s Palace, Harrah’s/The LINQ, Convention Center, Westgate, and SAHARA.

Taxi – Taxis are still heavily used in Vegas, and have been an iconic part of the city’s history. There are various companies operating in the city, and this is one place you never have to worry about it being “too late” to hail a cab.

Rideshare – If you’re not very keen on taxis, that’s okay. Lyft and Uber do operate here as well, though we feel like Lyft has been more reliable and a bit more affordable in our experience.

Rental Cars – If you didn’t drive to Vegas but you still want to drive, we recommend you grab a rental at the Harry Reid International Airport Rental Car Center. Here, there are a whopping 10 car rental companies in one convenient spot. Not to mention, it literally never closes, and has non-stop shuttle service to and from the airport terminals.

Limos – When in Vegas, right? If you want to go all out and get really flashy, limousines are a fun way to go about getting from point A to point B. There are plenty available at McCarran International Airport, though as they’re more limited than a rental car or taxi, it’s best to make a reservation ahead of time. There are also party limos and those that do Strip tours, too!

Bus – It’s available, but it’s not always the most desirable. The Deuce is Vegas’ public transportation that runs on 2 routes that can take you to the Strip or downtown. Deuce on the Strip makes stops at pretty much every resort located on the Strip, and DVX goes a bit through downtown/Fremont Street area.

Where to Stay –

One of the reasons why Vegas is so appealing, is because there really is something for every budget. From the budget-friendly to ultra-luxury, you’ll find it all here. This can make it difficult to choose where to stay, though, as there is just so much to choose from!

If you didn’t know already, The Strip is basically the very center or heart of Las Vegas. While it’s just 4 miles long, there’s a lot packed in, including endless different resorts. However, as you may imagine, it’s generally more expensive to stay on the Strip. Also, you probably want a hotel that’s located more in the center of the Strip so you aren’t having to make a trek every time just to see other things on the other end.

Budget-Friendly – If you’re really on a tight budget, we recommend taking a look at a hotel off the Strip. The Westgate is a great choice. However, there are also some other options like the STRAT which is located on the north end of the Strip. While certainly impressive in appearance and spacious rooms, it’s not a solid option. However, it’s a bit barren around the hotel, and you’ll have to travel a couple miles to get to the center of the Strip or Fremont Street.

The Luxor , Excalibur , and Circus Circus are a few other notorious hotels on the strip that are more affordable! Speaking of impressive in appearance, the Luxor is literally an enormous pyramid, and the Excalibur, a castle.

Middle Options – If you have a bit more budget, give The Tropicana a try. It has a kind of old-school Miami feel to it, and even houses one of the few original 1950’s casinos inside! We love the Paris Las Vegas, which is just a classic. It’s in a prime location and close to most of the main attractions. With their own versions of the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Arc de Triomphe, it’s kind of like being in Paris! The rooms are a tiny bit dated, but are in good shape. The hotel also has the Chateau nightclub and over a dozen restaurants.

Caesar’s Palace and the Mirage are a couple of other nice selections in this price range.

Higher-End – The Bellagio is always a fine choice when you’re in Vegas. It’s one of the largest on the Strip, and is located right in the center of it. Thanks to the massive fountains in front of it, however, you are still set a bit away from the noisiness of the streets.

The Skylofts at MGM Grand are one of our favorites, and are absolutely impressive. With rooms starting at 1,400 square feet up to 3-bedroom lofts, you can imagine the magnificent vistas of the Strip when you look out your floor-to-ceiling windows!

The Waldorf Astoria (formerly the Mandarin Oriental), is a bit more of a peaceful form of luxury. You can rest assured that whatever you experience in this hotel – from the rooms, to the spas, to the restaurants – will be the ultimate in luxury.

Restaurants and Eating Out –

Oh boy, where to begin? If you’re a foodie (and even if you aren’t), you’re going to love Vegas! Literally everything you can imagine (and things you could never fathom) are here for the eating, at all hours of the day. Just like with hotels, you have options for all budgets. However, we highly recommend making reservations as far in advance as possible (if the restaurant accepts reservations).

Celeb Chef Restaurants – Did you know that Vegas houses the most celebrity chefs in the world (per mile)? That’s right, over 40 of them work on the Strip, offering tourists and locals prime, unique dishes and fun places to dine.

If you’re a sushi fiend, do not miss Nobu Matsuhisa at Caesars Palace and Virgin Hotels . Famous for fusing traditional Japanese with Peruvian ingredients, his dishes are fresh and flavorful. Another great Caesars Palace eat is Guy Savoy’s namesake restaurant.

Serving posh French Cuisine, it’s often dubbed the best restaurant in all of Las Vegas. Who doesn’t love some good Italian food? Paying homage to the Italian-American restaurants of the mid-20 th century, you can expect opulence and unmatched tableside service at Carbone .

Buffets – Did you know that the earliest version of what we currently know as the “buffet” started in Vegas? It makes sense, then, that they’re still masters at the craft. Buffets keep gamblers in the casinos, while still keeping things more affordable than it’d be to keep a full restaurant open all the time.

Garden Court Buffet is located inside Main Street Station, and is one of the best bang for your buck if you’re in Fremont Street. The Buffet at the Golden Nugget is another budget option, offering breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. Not only that, they have a full bar! The Buffet at Wynn is probably the most beautiful buffet in the city, with a whopping 15 live-action cooking stations! You can expect delicious steaks, seafood, and if we may say – fine dining?

First-Time Musts – There are places that you just have to eat at if it’s your first time in Vegas. One of them, is the Golden Steer. This steakhouse originally opened in the late-50’s, with serious legends having dined here, like Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, actress Natalie Wood, Nat King Cole, Muhammad Ali, and more.

Tao Asian Bistro is certainly an impressive place, both in taste and appearance. I mean, where else are you going to enjoy flavorful Pan-Asian food in the midst of an enormous Buddha floating over a Japanese Koi pond?

The Paris has a lot to offer, including the Mon Ami Gabi. Located right at the base of their Eiffel Tower, you can grab some yummy breakfast, lunch, and dinner here. It’s a prime people-watching spot, and also has some nice views of the Bellagio fountains.

Tacos are always a good idea, but not every taco is good. Tacos El Gordo offers delicious ones, and if you’re just coming out of the club or casino you have to fill up on these delicious ones!

Nightlife and Entertainment –

We simply won’t be able to cover every single excellent option Vegas has in terms of nightlife and entertainment, as it’s what it’s known for and has something new seemingly every month. However, we’re going to do our best to recommend you what we feel is worth your money, along with what’s simply the most popular.

Nightclubs – There are a ton of world-class nightclubs in Vegas. If you’re into electronic music, you’re in for a real treat. Zouk Nightclub is the newest and most high-tech in Vegas, with multiple rooms. You’ll see the biggest artists, like Tiesto, Disclosure, and so on here. XS Las Vegas in the Wynn is maybe the most “elegant” on the Strip, and has different areas that each time is a bit different. Top-notch, mainstream DJs are always here, and it’s always packed.

Omnia inside Caesars Palace is another luxury option, with world-famous DJs, bands, and other musical acts. Hakkasan in the MGM Grand is another great option, with various floors all offering a different genre. However, it’s most well-known for the mainstage area with electronic acts.

Here are some other great options: Drai’s, Drenched at Marquee, Tao, Chateau, Jewel, and Marquee.

Bars and Speakeasys – Vegas is definitely a drinking city, and with that comes a ton of supreme bars and speakeasys.

Downtown Cocktail Room is a swanky speakeasy oozing with elegance. The front door is a bit difficult to find, but it’s absolutely worth it once you’re enjoying a smooth craft cocktail in a velvet chair. The Laundry Room inside Commonwealth is an intimate, small little place marked with a laundry pin outside! With images of iconic Hollywood women such as Rita Hayworth and Marlene Dietrich hanging on the walls, make sure to check the red light outside or text the number to see if space is available.

Frankie’s Tiki Room is a must-see! It’ll transport you to another world, with its kitschy bar decorated with complete tiki vibes. Their cocktails are simply iconic, and the staff is so much fun. If you’re a craft beer buff, you have to check out The Silver Stamp: a 1970s den complete with wood paneling and vintage beer memorabilia.

Shows – We couldn’t leave out one of the biggest entertainment offerings in Las Vegas! Cirque du Soleil is a classic, with 6 different shows in Vegas. “O” by Cirque du Soleil is an aquatic show with the famous acrobats you probably equate with the Cirque du Soleil name. “Michael Jackson ONE” is a must-see for MJ fans, as well as “The Beatles Love” for Beatles fans. “Mystere”, “KA”, and “Mad Apple” are also great options.

David Copperfield is a legendary Vegas show that never fails to wow audiences. Even if you aren’t particularly into magic tricks, it’ll leave you scratching your head over how he pulls some of these illusions off. Other solid magic show options are Criss Angel’s Mindfreak and Mat Franco at The LINQ.

Blue Man Group has been impressing Vegas audiences for years. Their playful miming, use of music, and invented instruments is a blast! Jabbawockeez offers a kind of similar experience, and became famous from winning America’s Best Dance Crew over 10 years ago. If you’re into humor, try checking out Terry Fator’s funny ventriloquist talents.

Casinos – If you’re on the hunt for the biggest, most upscale casinos with the newest games, we recommend heading to The Venetian is a smart move. Not only that, but it has a race and sports book, a very popular poker room, and tons of slots.

If you’re looking for a certain game, then it’s worth searching around online first. Lots of newbie gamblers want to go with a low limit table. You’re not as likely to find these on the Strip, but El Cortez on Fremont Street is an excellent option with many low-limit games and blackjack from a single or double-deck shoe. It’s always fun to play around on the penny and nickel machines here, too. South Point is at the end of Las Vegas Boulevard is a great alternative.

On the other end of the spectrum lies Caesars Palace. High rollers love this place, and the fact that it often shows up in Hollywood movies is just another reason why. Be prepared to spend some serious cash here. The Bellagio is a nice alternative, with luxury and a massive 7,000 square-foot poker room.

Between March to May and September to November are commonly known as the best times of year for Vegas weather. It is a desert, so you can absolutely count on summers being above 100 degrees. Spring and fall are pretty nice – not too hot, not too cold. Wintertime tends to be pretty cold, so dress accordingly!

Attractions

What else is there to do in Vegas that isn’t gambling, eating, or seeing a show? Let’s take a look!

Fremont Street – Fremont Street is a blast! It’s a little kooky, but reminds us of “old-school” Las Vegas. Located right in downtown, it’s pedestrian-only and comes with a ton of live entertainment, the ultra-fun zipline that goes right over the center of the street, and a light show. Container Park is here, too, with all kinds of little boutique shops and live entertainment.

Statosphere Tower/The STRAT Observation Deck – The tallest freestanding observation deck in the US is located here, too! If you’re already staying at The STRAT, make sure to check out the observation deck! Even if you aren’t staying there, it’s a pretty interesting way to see a 360-view of Vegas.

The Neon Museum – Often a go-to spot for local photographers, The 2.25-acre Neon Museum or Neon Boneyard, keeps old neon signs from the city, making for a fascinating cultural spot to take a stroll away from the crowds.

Drive Your Dream Car – Ever wanted to drive a Lambo, Ferrari, or Aston Martin? You can at Exotics Racing! You can drive up to 130 mph on their race track – don’t forget to take some pics or photos! At the Richard Petty Driving Experience you can join a pro driver on the Las Vegas Speedway, too!

Indoor Skydiving – Are you an adrenaline junkie? Perhaps you want the thrill of skydiving without having to jump out of a sketchy old plane? Then head over to Vegas Indoor Skydiving!

Atomic Testing Museum – The US has quite the history of nuclear testing, especially in the Nevada deserts. This museum is educational, entertaining, and even includes an exact replica of the control point where the countdown for each nuclear bomb detonation occurred.

High Roller Observation Wheel – Located at The LINQ, this is the world’s tallest observation wheel! You know Vegas has to do things big! At 550 feet above ground, this is another great way to see the city, 360 degrees.

Roller Coaster – Head over to Adventure Dome for some indoor roller coasters, laser tag, the swinging ship, bumper cars, and more. If you’re bringing kids along, you’re going to score big points with them if you go here.

Helicopter Ride – Until you see the Las Vegas strip with a helicopter tour , you don’t appreciate the beauty of the bright lights on the casinos and the surrounding desert.

Grand Canyon – If you have an extra day be sure to take a tour of the Grand Canyon. It’s well worth the drive to see this spectacular natural attraction.

ATV Tours – Explore the beauty of the the surrounding desert with an ATV tour . These guided trips will be the adventure of a lifetime!

Balloon Ride – There is no better way to see the surrounding desert and the strip then floating above it with a hot air balloon ride .

Antelope & Red Rock Canyon – A tour of Antelope Canyon is not to be missed. These canyons were formed by water and wind erosion and will boggle your mind that they were all created naturally. Red Rock Canyon is one of the most photographed area in the country and when you go there you will know why. The fiery red rocks are stunningly beautiful. Be sure to take a guided tour of Red Rock Canyon is great way to see it, you can get lost in there pretty easily.

  • Walking from end-to-end of the Strip is not as easy as it may look. Especially if it’s the middle of the sweltering summer heat. The Strip is filled with people basically at all times, so take your time and try to plan.
  • If you end up getting lost on the Strip (it happens, especially when alcohol is involved!), try to spot the STRAT tower on the north end.
  • Plan for resort fees. These can vary from around $25 to $40 per night, which can add up quickly! These usually are not included in the fees when booking so make sure to read the fine print.
  • Bring comfortable shoes. Yes, we know there’s a lot of glitz and glamour, but at least bring the most comfy heels you have! You’re likely to do a lot of standing and walking, and if you get blisters it can put a bit of a damper on things.
  • Bring sunscreen – even if you don’t think you’ll need it! With the tall, reflective buildings and being in the middle of the desert, the sun can really blast down on you.

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How to Visit Hoover Dam – Things to Do + Tips

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The Hoover Dam is one of the coolest historical landmarks in the American Southwest. An impressive feat of human engineering and hydropower, the dam continues to amaze visitors nearly 90 years after it was built.

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Moreover, its close proximity to Sin City makes visiting the Hoover Dam one of the best things to do outside of Las Vegas . You can easily rent a car in Vegas and get to the dam in less than an hour. If you don’t want to drive, I recommend taking a Hoover Dam day tour like this one or flying over this monumental structure on a Hoover Dam helicopter tour .

To help you decide how to visit Hoover Dam and plan your trip, I’m sharing everything you need to know about this landmark attraction. I’ll share how to get there, the 10 best things to do at the Hoover Dam , and more.

Guide to visiting the Hoover Dam

This guide includes everything you should know about Hoover Dam tourism , including ticket prices, directions, and activities. Feel free to read through the entire guide or skip to the topic you’re curious about:

How to visit Hoover Dam

  • Best things to do at the Hoover Dam
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Tips for visiting Hoover Dam

Where is the hoover dam located.

The Hoover Dam is on the border of Nevada and Arizona, on the Colorado River in Black Canyon. It’s just 40 minutes from Sin City and one of the best stops on a road trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon .

You can visit the Hoover Dam by car or take a tour from Las Vegas. An organized tour is the most convenient option especially if you don’t have a vehicle or don’t want to drive.

Directions to Hoover Dam from Las Vegas

The Hoover Dam is just 37 miles southeast of Las Vegas, so the drive only takes about 40 minutes.

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If you don’t have a vehicle, renting a car in Las Vegas is the best option since you can go on your own schedule and spend as much time at the dam as you want. Plus, you’re free to take any detours or pit stops you’d like. The directions to the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas are quite simple:

  • Take I-515 S/US-93 S and follow it for about 34 miles to NV-172 (Exit 2).
  • Continue on NV-172, which converts to Hoover Dam Access Rd. You’ll see signs for Hoover Dam bridge parking and the Visitor Center.

Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas

Of course, if you don’t want to drive, you can take a Hoover Dam tour from Las Vegas . This is definitely the easiest option since most of the tours include the Hoover Dam shuttle from Las Vegas and a live guide. Some of these Hoover Dam tours even include extra stops along the way, so they’re perfect for a day trip.

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I recommend this full or half-day tour , which passes through Boulder City and Lake Mead before arriving at the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Then, you’ll take a tour through the construction tunnels, powerplant, and Hoover Dam Visitor Center. This tour is included in several Las Vegas tourist cards , including the Las Vegas Go City Pass . I suggest getting the pass if you plan on seeing other Vegas attractions so you can visit them at a discount.

Another option is a Hoover Dam helicopter tour to get a unique aerial view of the Hoover Dam . I like this heli-tour , which flies over the dam and the Grand Canyon West Rim .

10 Best things to do at the Hoover Dam

There is more to do at the Hoover Dam than meets the eye. In addition to some great lookout points, there are interesting attractions and nearby places to check out. Keep reading to see my top 10 recommendations below!

1. Hoover Dam Visitor Center

The first place you should check out is the Hoover Dam Visitor Center . It costs $10 to enter and see the informational exhibits. Here, you can learn more about the history of the Hoover Dam , its legacy, and the power systems and infrastructure that keep it functioning. You can also watch a short documentary about the dam’s construction, including the engineering prowess and manpower it took to build such a huge structure.

Hoover Dam Visitor Center, observation deck at hoover dam

The Visitor Center is also where you can purchase tickets for a Hoover Dam tour . There are three tours to choose from:

Hoover Dam self-guided tour

The self-guided Hoover Dam tour costs $10 and is the tour that’s included in your Visitor Center admission. You’ll be able to walk through the narrated exhibits and watch the historical Hoover Dam film. The tour also includes access to the Visitor Center observation decks, which offer panoramic views of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, the Colorado River, and the Bypass Bridge in the distance.

Guided Powerplant Tour

The powerplant tour through Hoover Dam costs $15 and grants you access to the dam’s original construction tunnels. A guide will lead you through the passageway and take you to the Nevada Powerhouse to see its commercial generators. You can even feel the force of the water rushing through the pipes below. This tour also includes everything in the self-guided tour.

Guided Dam Tour

For $30, you can take the complete Hoover Dam tour , which includes everything in the powerplant tour, plus an elevator ride to the inner workings of the dam. Take a walk through the old inspection tunnels and check out the ventilation shaft, where you can also see the Colorado River churning. It’s the best deal if you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes logistics of the Hoover Dam.

2. Hoover Dam Bridge – Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

When you visit the Hoover Dam , you’ll also be able to see the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge . From here, you’ll get some of the most impressive views of the dam and its surroundings.

This Hoover Dam Bridge was named after former Nevada Governor Mike O’Callaghan and football player Pat Tillman, who died while on military duty in Afghanistan. It was built to provide a safer route over the dam and ease traffic congestion.

Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, hoover dam self guided tour

The arch bridge runs across the Colorado River, connecting Nevada and Arizona and measuring 1,900 feet long. Since it opened in 2010, it’s been the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere, and the second-highest bridge in the U.S., at 890 feet tall.

You can walk or drive across the bridge, although you’ll have to get out of your car if you want to get the full view.

3. Hoover Dam Lookout – Kingman Wash

Another one of the best ways to see Hoover Dam is by visiting Kingman Wash . This Hoover Dam Lookout is on the Arizona side of the dam and has the most breathtaking views of the massive structure. From here, you can take in the magnitude of the manmade dam and witness the rushing water while glimpsing Lake Mead, Black Canyon, and the desert environment in the distance.

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Best of all, this overlook tends to be less crowded than the others, so you can get a front-row seat to the beautiful views. To get there, follow the Hoover Dam Bridge into Arizona and take the Kingman Wash exit. You’ll find the access road, which is unpaved, and you can take that about a half-mile to the overlook.

If you’re up for it, you can continue along this trail and see the stunning expanse of Fortification Hill, Black Mesa, and the surrounding mountains.

4. Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

I’ve mentioned that you can get nice views of Lake Mead from Hoover Dam , but it’s also worth visiting this place for yourself. Lake Mead was formed as a result of the construction of the Hoover Dam and spans 247 square miles. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is the largest of its kind in the U.S.

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4. Historic Railroad Hiking Trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

The calm blue water of the lake is the perfect contrast to the concrete and steel parts of the Hoover Dam . It’s worth spending some time in this area, especially if you enjoy water sports like boating, kayaking and swimming. If you prefer on-land activities, you’ll find hiking trails here, including the Railroad Tunnel Trail .

This family-friendly trail starts at the Lake Mead Visitor Center and has sturdy terrain and signposts, so it’s quite easy. Since it travels along the Boulder City Highway, you’ll be able to see the Hoover Dam’s construction tunnels while you hike. You’ll also see the Hoover Dam Boneyard, the Lake Mead – Lakeview Overlook, and natural scenery, so it’s one of the best hikes near Las Vegas .

5. Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail

Hiking the Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail is one of the best things to do at the Hoover Dam , especially if you love outdoor activities like us. This 6-mile off-road hike is a bit of a challenge, but most people can do the first mile or so without any problems. Just be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks and to dress appropriately for the weather.

Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail, where hoover dam is located

The trail has a few areas where you’ll have to scramble over boulders and watch your footing, but it’s worth the effort. As you make your way through the wash canyon, you can find scenic grottoes, natural pools, and maybe some bighorn sheep.

Some of the hot springs in the area have dried up, but there are a few you can swim in, and there are some thermal waterfalls, too. It’s one of the coolest places to visit near the Hoover Dam , so I highly recommend it.

6. Dam Builders Memorial at Hoover Dam

By the entrance to the Hoover Dam , you can see the beautiful, winged figures built by Norwegian sculptor Oskar J. W. Hansen. The figures represent guardian angels looking over the dam, and they’re accompanied by a plaque dedicated to the people who died during the dam’s construction.

Dam Builders Memorial, facts about hoover dam

The plaque was on the canyon wall on the Arizona side of the dam but was moved so it would be closer to the sculptures. The accompanying plaque reads, “They died to make the desert bloom. The United States of America will continue to remember that many who toiled here found their final rest while engaged in the building of this dam. The United States of America will continue to remember the services of all who labored to clothe with substance the plans of those who first visioned the building of this dam.”

Visiting this little piece of the dam is even more meaningful after going through the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and learning about the history of this monument.

7. Hemenway Park

Not far from the dam, off Highway 93, you’ll find Hemenway Park in Boulder City. I recommend taking this detour to visit the park, get some fresh air, and spot some wildlife.

Bighorn sheep at Hemenway Park, hoover dam things to do

Hemenway Park is a pleasant green space that’s perfect for the whole family. It’s mostly known for its herds of bighorn sheep, who often graze in the park. The bighorn sheep is Nevada’s state animal, so keep your eyes peeled for strays snacking on the grass or resting in the shade.

There are also tennis courts, picnic areas, and a playground at the park, so you can take a brief break here before continuing your journey to the Lake Mead and Hoover Dam area .

8. Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum

The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum is inside the Boulder Dam Hotel at 1305 Arizona Street. This is another Boulder City attraction near the Hoover Dam that you should add to your itinerary.

Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, hoover dam observation deck

The museum chronicles the construction of the dam as well as the history of Boulder City through artifacts, photos, and an educational theater. Many of the objects on display date back to the Great Depression, offering a look back at the social and political climate of the time. You’ll also learn more about the Hoover Dam’s impact and how it paved the way for hydroelectric power and engineering.

The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum is free and open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

9. Nevada Southern Railroad Museum & other places to visit in Boulder City

Given its proximity to the Hoover Dam , Boulder City is a great place to explore during your trip, so I recommend spending a few hours here if you have time.

In addition to the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum and Hemenway Park, the city is home to the Southern Railroad Museum , one of the most popular attractions in Nevada . This museum has a collection of historic trains and locomotive models dating back as far as the 1840s. There are also interpretive exhibits and a 7-mile heritage railroad ride that you can enjoy. This family-friendly attraction is one of the best things to do near Hoover Dam with kids.

Nevada Southern Railroad Museum, visiting the hoover dam by car

Another cool place to check out is Bootleg Canyon Park , a haven for mountain bikers and hikers. The cross-country and downhill trails here wind through the desert landscape and pass by some stunning viewpoints overlooking Lake Mead.

For a scenic change of pace, head to Veteran’s Memorial Park , a 25-acre green space with several sports fields and courts, a 3-acre fishing pond, a skatepark, and walking/biking paths. Another outdoor option is the Alan Bible Botanical Garden , which is home to various species of desert shrubs and cacti.

10. Get stunning aerial views of the Hoover Dam

Finally, to make your visit to the Hoover Dam extra special, consider taking a Hoover Dam helicopter tour . It’s the best way to get aerial views of Hoover Dam and fully grasp the magnitude of this massive structure.

Aerial view of the Hoover Dam, things to do at hoover dam

Keep in mind that most helicopter tours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon also fly over the Hoover Dam . So, if you’re traveling from Vegas and don’t mind just doing a helicopter ride over the dam, this type of tour can be a great deal. We took this heli-tour and got some exceptional photos of the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon from above. The birds-eye view was so amazing that we’ve taken additional helicopter tours over the area. I highly recommend seeing it for yourself !

Hoover Dam tourist information (hours, ticket price, map, and more)

Now that you know the best things to do at the Hoover Dam , here is some important information you’ll need to plan your visit.

Hoover Dam hours

The hours for the Hoover Dam are 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm, and official tours operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. You can visit Hoover Dam 365 days a year, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Entrance fee and tickets to Hoover Dam

There is no cost to see the dam, but if you want to go into the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and see the exhibits, you must pay the $10 admission. There are also different guided tours of the Hoover Dam , which range from $15-$30 per person and include admission to the Visitor Center.

Hoover Dam map

You’ll have an easier time planning your visit with this Hoover Dam map . It includes an overview of the dam, the parking lots, and attractions surrounding the dam.

Hoover Dam map, direction to hoover dam

Parking at the Hoover Dam

There is free Hoover Dam parking across from the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. There is another free lot on the Arizona side. Paid parking at the garage by the Visitor Center costs $10 per vehicle.

Hoover Dam hotel

If you want more time to visit the Hoover Dam and the surrounding area, consider staying overnight. The Hoover Dam Lodge in Boulder City is the best hotel by the Hoover Dam . It’s just a 5-minute drive away and offers good nightly rates and free parking.

The accommodation features spacious and tidy rooms that are ideal for families. Plus, there are additional guest amenities like an outdoor pool, a fitness center, a casino, a general store and a restaurant.

Otherwise, we have a full guide on where to stay in Las Vegas , for more accommodation options.

Hoover Dam history & facts

What’s so special about the Hoover Dam anyway? You’ll learn all about it when you visit and take a tour, but for now, here are some Hoover Dam facts to entice you:

  • The dam was built between 1931 and 1936 to hold back the waters of the Colorado River and supply hydroelectric power to the surrounding area, which was rapidly developing. Today, the Hoover Dam still fulfills this purpose and provides power to over a million people in three states and irrigates 2 million acres of land.
  • The Hoover Dam’s height of 726.4 ft made it the world’s tallest dam until 1968 when it was surpassed by California’s Orville Dam (770 ft).
  • The Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is the Western Hemisphere’s longest single-span concrete arch bridge . It replaced the portion of US-93 that crossed over the top of the dam to help ease traffic congestion.

Lake Mead, where hoover dam is located

  • The construction of the Hoover Dam was a huge project and provided employment for thousands of people who were out of work due to the Great Depression. As these laborers flocked to the area, they needed a place to live, so Boulder City was built to house the workforce .
  • During the five years it took to build the dam, over 130 workers died , either from accident or illness.
  • The dam is named after U.S. President Herbert Hoover , whose administration approved the project’s construction. However, President Hoover wasn’t invited to the dedication ceremony, and the dam wasn’t officially named until 1947.
  • In 1939, the United States discovered that the Hoover Dam was the target of a German military bomb threat , and U.S. officials were able to stop the attack .

Before you plan your visit to the Hoover Dam , here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Plan to spend 3-4 hours here. This will give you time to take pictures, go to the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, take a tour, and explore the Lake Mead area.
  • The best time to visit Hoover Dam if you want to avoid crowds is between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m .
  • Remember that it takes about an hour to visit the Hoover Dam by car from Vegas. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get there and maximize your visit.
  • It is free to cross the Hoover Dam Bridge , but there is a fee to get into the Visitor Center. Also, the tours at the Hoover Dam range from $15-$30 per person.
  • Parking at the Hoover Dam Visitor Center costs $10. You can find free Hoover Dam parking on the Arizona side, across from the Memorial Bridge.
  • Be prepared for desert heat and bring plenty of water to carry with you. There isn’t much shade around the dam, so sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats are must-haves.

FAQs about visiting Hoover Dam

To round out this guide on how to visit the Hoover Dam , here are the answers to some common questions:

How tall is Hoover Dam?

The total height of the Hoover Dam is 726.4 feet.

The Hoover Dam is on the border of Nevada and Arizona, on the Colorado River in Black Canyon.

How far is Hoover Dam from Las Vegas?

The Hoover Dam is just 37 miles from Las Vegas, or about a 40-minute drive.

When was the Hoover Dam built?

Construction on the Hoover Dam began in April 1931, and it opened in March 1936.

Why was the Hoover Dam built?

The purpose of the Hoover Dam was to control flooding on the Colorado River and to help with agricultural irrigation and hydroelectric power to Nevada, Arizona, and California.

How long does it take to visit Hoover Dam?

You should plan to spend about 3 hours touring the Hoover Dam .

When is the best time to visit Hoover Dam?

The best time to visit the Hoover Dam is in fall or winter when there are minimal crowds, and the temperatures are mild.

Can I see the Hoover Dam without a tour?

Yes, you can walk across the Hoover Dam and see the lookout points, but if you want to go into the Visitor Center, you need to pay the admission fee.

Can you see the Hoover Dam for free?

Yes, you can see the Hoover Dam for free, but it’s worth taking the tours.

How much does it cost to visit Hoover Dam?

It’s free to go to the Hoover Dam, but the Visitor Center costs $10 per person. The tours at the Hoover Dam range from $15 to $30.

Is Hoover Dam worth seeing?

Absolutely! It’s worth visiting the Hoover Dam and learning about its history while seeing it up close. Plus, the dam is close to Las Vegas and on the way to the Grand Canyon.

Can you walk across the Hoover Dam?

Yes, and it’s free to walk across the Hoover Dam Bridge .

Can you drive across Hoover Dam?

Yes, you can drive across the dam and park in one of the free lots or the paid parking garage.

That’s it from me! I hope you feel better prepared for your Hoover Dam visit and that you make the most of your time here. If you have any other questions, feel free to leave me a comment below. I’d also love to hear about your experience touring the Hoover Dam .

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25 Best Hoover Dam Tours from Las Vegas

best Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas

Walk across one of the world’s most spectacular engineering marvels on a Hoover Dam tour. Explore dramatic viewpoints before heading inside to discover what goes on behind the scenes.

Looking for an adventure? Then kayak down the river or take to the skies for some rather unique views. Tours can be combined with stops at the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire , and Red Rock Canyon.

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1 – Small-Group 3 Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour With Strip Pickup

Small-Group 3 Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour With Strip Pickup

Operated by: Mr Las Vegas Tours

At Hoover Dam: Photo stop on the bypass bridge – External tour

Your camera will be working overtime as you snap away at the dramatic views of Hoover Dam on this 3-hour tour. Visit all the best viewpoints including the iconic bypass bridge where a 1000-foot drop will send tingles down your spine.

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Colorado River as it snakes through the rocky canyon, then continue to Lake Mead for incredible panoramas and a bit of history. Round-trip transfers from Las Vegas are included.

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2 – Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas With Lunch

Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas With Lunch

Operated by: Comedy On Deck

At Hoover Dam: Walk on the bypass bridge – External tour

Beat the crowds on this early bird Hoover Dam tour, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the atmosphere. Take an exclusive 45-minute “Walk on the Top” signature tour over the dam, learning insider secrets about the construction from an expert local guide.

Stand on the bypass bridge to see the dam from above, then head off for a hearty restaurant lunch. Stops at the Las Vegas Welcome sign and the Hoover Dam Museum in Boulder City are also included.

3 – Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour & Hoover Dam Photo Stop with optional Skywalk

Grand Canyon West Rim Bus Tour & Hoover Dam Photo Stop with optional Skywalk

At Hoover Dam: Photo stop on the bypass bridge – External tour

Many Grand Canyon tours include a stop at Hoover Dam so fuel up for the adventure ahead with breakfast en route to the West Rim. Visit the dam for mind-blowing photos from the bypass bridge then continue your epic journey through Joshua Tree Forest.

Check out spectacular viewpoints along the canyon rim, and for an additional charge you can try the Skywalk – a glass bridge suspended 4000-feet over the cliffs.

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4 – Grand Canyon West Rim Flight with Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Grand Canyon West Rim Flight with Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: Gray Line Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: Internal tour and views from the plane

Soar over the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon on a 70-minute scenic flight, and watch as the desert landscape unfolds through the large panoramic windows. Admire the dramatic face of Hoover Dam from the air, before enjoying superb aerial views of Lake Mead and Boulder City.

Back on the ground, you will head 160 meters into the walls of the Black Canyon for an internal tour of this incredible feet of engineering. This day trip includes lunch and transfers.

5 – Hoover Dam Guided Tour with Lunch & Lake Mead Cruise

Hoover Dam Guided Tour with Lunch & Lake Mead Cruise

Operated by: Gray Line Tours Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: Internal tour and views from Lake Mead

Enjoy a special VIP guided tour inside the magnificent Hoover Dam before heading back above ground for a cruise on Lake Mead. Feel the breeze on your cheeks as you sail on an authentic paddlewheel boat, making sure your camera is handy for unique views of the dam.

After a light lunch, take a self-guided tour of a gourmet chocolate factory and explore a botanical cactus garden that is home to over 300 different species.

6 – Private Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Private Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: DETOURS American West

At Hoover Dam: Internal and external tour

This 4-hour Hoover Dam private tour takes in all the best views of this man-made marvel. Pop into the visitor center and explore the museums and exhibits, then head to the observation room to admire the enormous generators.

Visit viewpoints on both the Arizona and Nevada sides of the Colorado River, and continue up onto the bypass bridge for jaw-dropping panoramas over the Black Canyon and Hoover Dam. Walk along the crest of the dam for the ultimate thrill.

7 – Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

Black Canyon Kayak at Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas

Operated by: Desert Adventures

At Hoover Dam: Views from the river

Paddle along the river as it meanders through the dramatic Black Canyon – keep your camera handy for photos looking back at the dam. The water is mostly calm so beginners are welcome on this full-day guided kayak tour. Picnic on a secluded riverside beach, take a dip in the hot springs, and hike through slot canyons along the way.

Watch out for local wildlife and stop at Emerald Cove to see the historic tramway and gauging station.

8 – Hoover Dam Hummer Tour from Las Vegas

Hoover Dam Hummer Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: Big Horn Wild West Tours

Sit back and relax inside a luxury Hummer H2 on this half-day Hoover Dam tour. Join the Discovery Tour and explore several areas inside the dam itself. Ride the elevator down into the depths of Black Canyon, walk through rock tunnels, and check out the colossal power generators in the Nevada Wing.

Before leaving, stroll along the top of the dam and head up to the bypass bridge for the best photos. Panoramic stops at Lake Mead are also included.

9 – Personally-Guided Hoover Dam Expedition Tour

Personally-Guided Hoover Dam Expedition Tour

Operated by: Dean Outdoor Adventures

Enjoy a fun day of exploration and education on this 6-hour small group tour. Journey through Boulder City and Lake Mead National Recreation Area on your way to the dam and get a feel for the region.

Take a look at the visitor center and join a power plant tour to learn how this impressive piece of engineering works. Next up is a short movie about the history, before a walk along the top of the dam for staggering views.

10 – Valley of Fire & Hoover Dam Photo Tour from Las Vegas

Valley of Fire & Hoover Dam Photo Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: Play In US

At Hoover Dam: Photo stops at bypass bridge and other viewpoints – External tour

Explore otherworldly landscapes and man-made marvels on this 8-hour guided tour. Head into the Valley of Fire State Park and stop at viewpoints to admire the stunning rock formations.

Continue traveling through the volcanic landscape of Mount Cleopatra towards Lake Mead, with lots of scenic stops in the Pinto Valley and Rainbow Gardens on the way. Then gaze down at Hoover Dam from the bypass bridge and other strategic overlooks to appreciate how well nature and humankind can work together.

11 – Hoover Dam Guided Tour with Lunch, Transportation & Helicopter Flight

Hoover Dam Guided Tour with Lunch, Transportation & Helicopter Flight

At Hoover Dam: View from the helicopter and internal tour

Admire the dramatic Hoover Dam from the air on this thrilling helicopter ride . Linger above the dam and Lake Mead for around 15 minutes, enjoying spectacular views and taking lots of photos.

Head inside the dam on a special government guided tour and discover the inner workings as well as the museum. Get the taste buds going with a deli-style lunch and take an independent tour of Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory, which also has a cactus garden to explore.

12 – Grand Canyon West & Hoover Dam Combo Tour

Grand Canyon West & Hoover Dam Combo Tour

Operated by: Adventure Tours

This fun-packed day tour begins at the Hoover Dam, where you will pop into the museum before heading to the Generator Room for interior views. Walk along the top of the dam for the ultimate thrill then swing by a local park famous for its bighorn sheep.

Traverse the colorful Arizona desert, stopping at Joshua Tree Forest, Eagle Point, and Guano Point for photos. Settle down to lunch on the Grand Canyon rim and explore the Hualapai Ranch boardwalk.

13 – Deluxe Small-Group Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Deluxe Small-Group Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Discover this famous historic landmark from the inside out on a 4-hour Hoover Dam tour. Soak up views from both sides of the Colorado River, and take a guided walk around the visitor center to learn about the dam construction.

Visit the observation deck and stroll across the crest of the dam for dramatic views of Black Canyon, and ride the elevator down to the generator room. Photo stops on the bypass bridge and at Lake Mead complete the tour.

14 – Helicopter Tour Hoover Dam – 6 Minutes

Helicopter Tour Hoover Dam - 6 Minutes

Operated by: Papillon Helicopters

At Hoover Dam: View from the helicopter

Hover 2,500 feet above one of the most impressive dams in the world on this exhilarating short flight. Skip the crowds on the ground by taking to the skies, with front row seats for all the best views.

Sit back and relax while listening to the in-flight narration and learn about the history of this national landmark. Soar over the vast waters of Lake Mead and see the Colorado River meandering across the desert from your lofty vantage point.

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15 – Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: Gray Line Tours Las Vegas 

At Hoover Dam: Photo stops at bypass bridge and Penstock platform – External tour

If time is tight then this short tour to Hoover Dam will introduce you to all the main sights. Take a guided discovery tour with stops at the exhibition gallery and visitor center. Then head up to the Penstock viewing platform for those all-important photos.

Upgrade your tour to include a chocolate factory visit or a Lake Mead paddleboat cruise if you have a little longer. Stop at the famous Las Vegas sign on your return journey for more pictures.

16 – Hoover Dam Top to Bottom by Luxury SUV with Colorado River Float

Hoover Dam Top to Bottom by Luxury SUV with Colorado River Float

Operated by: Pink Jeep Tours Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: View from the river and other vantage points – External tour

Combine a river adventure with a visit to the most famous dam in the US on this 6.5-hour tour. Hang on tight as you raft through the Black Canyon, floating close to the dam and bypass bridge for some very unique views.

Leaving the water behind, tick off all the top viewpoints around Hoover Dam, including the observation deck and on top of the wall itself. Remember to pop into the visitor center before leaving.

17 – Red Rock Canyon & Hoover Dam Half-Day Photo Tour from Las Vegas

Red Rock Canyon & Hoover Dam Half-Day Photo Tour from Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: Walk on the dam and bypass bridge – External tour

Marvel at dramatic red cliffs and arid desert landscapes on this 6-hour private Hoover Dam tour . Stop at the dam before the crowds arrive in the morning and make the most of photo opportunities on the bypass bridge and the crest itself.

Then journey through the Mojave Desert to explore the beautiful Red Rock Canyon where unusual geological formations will have your mind in a whirl. Return transfers and your own personal guide are included.

18 – Mountain Bike Historical Tunnel Trail to Hoover Dam from Las Vegas

Mountain Bike Historical Tunnel Trail to Hoover Dam from Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: Photo viewing points – External tour

Let your wheels spin as you coast downhill through the Las Vegas Valley on this 7-hour Hoover Dam bike tour. The trail is relaxing and suitable for beginners. Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife including the famous bighorn sheep.

Catch your breath at scenic viewpoints along the way and enjoy a break on the scenic shores of Lake Mead where you can swim on warmer days. Pedal through several historic tunnels before exploring the observation points at Hoover Dam.

19 – Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & 7 Magic Mountains Tour

Las Vegas Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, 7 Magic Mountains Tour

Operated by: Max Tour

At Hoover Dam: Photo stop on bypass bridge – External tour

Become explorers for the day as you venture deep into the Mojave Desert, taking in three of the best attractions near Las Vegas. Wonder at the colorful Seven Magic Mountains art installation, then continue to Hoover Dam for spectacular photos from the bypass bridge.

Next up is the dramatic West Rim of the Grand Canyon, where you will follow winding hiking trails to scenic viewpoints. Courageous adventurers can try out the glass Skywalk for an additional fee.

20 – Las Vegas Private Tour: Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, and Red Rock Canyon

Las Vegas Private Tour: Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, and Red Rock Canyon

Operated by: Fun Group Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: Various viewpoints – External tour

Feel like you are walking into a movie set as you explore the Valley of Fire State Park. This hidden gem is packed with flame-colored geological formations as well as ancient carvings and art.

Head to the world’s largest dam for staggering views into Black Canyon and across Lake Mead. Enjoy lunch and shopping at Las Vegas Premium Outlets, before continuing the adventure in the wilds of Red Rock Canyon. Keep your camera handy for all the bizarre sandstone towers.

21 – Las Vegas: Hoover Dam and Colorado River Full-Day Kayak Tour

Las Vegas: Hoover Dam and Colorado River Full-Day Kayak Tour

Operated by: River Dogz

At Hoover Dam: View from the river

One of the best views of Hoover Dam is from the water down below, so for the ultimate adventure jump in a kayak and paddle along the gently flowing river. Glide past the fish hatchery and explore Emerald Cave to admire the hidden green waters of the canyon.

Enjoy a spot of beach hopping before being rewarded with magnificent views from the base of the dam. Keep an eye out for bald eagles soaring overhead.

22 – Grand Canyon West plus Hoover Dam VIP Day Tour from Las Vegas

Grand Canyon West plus Hoover Dam VIP Day Tour from Las Vegas

Operated by: Adventure Photo Tours

Take in two of America’s best attractions on this VIP Hoover Dam tour. Head inside the dam to see the colossal generator room and walk across the top of the wall for eye-catching photos. Stop for pictures at Lake Mead and check out bighorn sheep in the local park.

The journey through the Arizona desert is just as spectacular as the destination – the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Here you will explore trails and enjoy traditional Native American dancing.

23 – Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & Route 66 Small-Group Tour

Vegas: Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam & Route 66 Small-Group Tour

Operated by: Coexist West Coast

At Hoover Dam: External photo stops

Beat the crowds and bag all the best views on this full day 3-in-1 tour. Stop for photos at Hoover Dam before heading off on historic Route 66 with a lunch stop at Seligman.

At the magnificent southern edge of the Grand Canyon you can hike along the Rim Trail, which is punctuated with dramatic viewpoints, visitor centers, and the Yavapai Museum of Geology. Alternatively, use the shuttle bus between overlooks if you want to save your energy.

24 – Private Grand Canyon West Rim and Hoover Dam Combo Tour from Las Vegas

Private Grand Canyon West Rim and Hoover Dam Combo Tour from Las Vegas

At Hoover Dam: External views of the dam

Spend an unforgettable day discovering the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam on this fun-packed private day tour. Stand at the base of the towering dam to appreciate the scale of this engineering spectacle, and make the most of superb photo opportunities from different angles.

Meander through the ancient Joshua Tree Forest before reaching the canyon, where hiking to observation points is the order of the day. Tuck into a picnic with a view and explore the boardwalk of the Hualapai Ranch.

25 – Hoover Dam: National Historic Landmark Half-Day Tour

Hoover Dam National Historic Landmark Half-Day Tour

Operated by: DETOURS Nevada

Gasp at jaw-dropping views into the depths of Hoover Dam and take a tour to discover what goes on behind the scenes inside this man-made marvel. Explore the power plant observation room and watch the huge generators in action.

Back outside you will see Lake Mead, and admire views from both the Nevada and Arizona sides of Colorado. Finish with a flourish by heading up onto the bypass bridge for the ultimate vantage point looking back over the dam.

Hoover Dam tours are one of the most popular day trips from Las Vegas . Whether you want to explore inside the dam, walk across the rim, or include a stop at the Grand Canyon, there are several trips to choose from.

Compare these Hoover Dam tours to find out which best suits your itinerary.

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15 Best Hoover Dam Tours

Stunning to behold, Hoover Dam opened in 1935 and at the time was the largest dam in the world. While it may have lost that title over the years, it is still colossal; its sheer size and scale is impressive to gaze upon. Straddling the Colorado River, the dam’s distinctive walls merge beautifully with the arid and desolate landscape around it and the dark blue waters of Lake Mead add some color to the scene.

Now a popular tourist attraction, there is lots to see and do here, with the bypass in front of it offering spectacular views of the dam itself as well as the Black Canyon in which it is located. The surrounding area is home to some amazing sights, such as Antelope Canyon and the Grand Canyon. As such, many visitors choose a package tour when visiting the dam. To give you an idea of what is available, here are some of the best tours out there.

1. Hoover Dam from Las Vegas: Express Shuttle or Deluxe Tour

Hoover Dam

Starting off in Las Vegas, this tour will educate and entertain you in equal measure and you’ll come away having learned everything there is to know about the Hoover Dam.

The guided tour around the dam’s interior is fascinating and will teach you how it was built. There is a short movie about the dam for you to watch and you can also stop by a viewpoint to look out over Lake Mead.

If you want to explore a bit more of the local area, select the Deluxe option, which takes you to the famous Ethel M Candy Factory as well as to the world’s most expansive botanical cactus garden.

2. Hoover Dam Top to Bottom Small Group Tour

Hoover Dam

If you are looking for an intimate and personal tour around the Hoover Dam, this tour is the one for you, as you avoid the crowds and really get an idea of what the dam is all about.

While the Discovery Tour is illuminating for all the light it sheds on the engineering involved and how it works, it is the boat tour on the Colorado River that is the most memorable part, as the canyon walls and the dam itself tower over you.

With great views of the Bypass and Lake Mead on offer, as well as a stop off at Boulder City, this tour certainly packs a punch.

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3. Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Bus Tour

Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim

For visitors who are pressed for time when visiting this part of the States, this tour will take you to the main sights of the Grand Canyon while also stopping off at Hoover Dam for a photo opportunity.

After being picked up from Las Vegas, sit back, relax, and enjoy the delightful scenery as you pass through the Southwest Desert before continuing to the imposing Hoover Dam, which is marvelous to behold.

The tour then takes you to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, which offers spectacular views of one of the earth’s natural wonders. Simply magical.

4. Hoover Dam Trike Tour

Hoover Dam Trike Tour

A unique way to explore the sights of Hoover Dam, this fun trike tour will have you speeding across the dam in no time at all. You’ll love the stunning scenery that passes you by on either side.

Starting off in Historic Boulder City, you’ll ride over the dam, stopping to enjoy the fabulous views of Lake Mead and the Memorial Bridge.

An exhilarating way to experience one of the most incredible feats of engineering in the States, this tour will surely leave you with long lasting memories of a great day.

5. Grand Canyon Multi-Stop Guided Tour from Las Vegas

Grand Canyon Sunrise

If driving along the iconic Route 66 wasn’t enough, this tour also takes you to the Grand Canyon and through the Southwest Desert before stopping off at the Hoover Dam.

The landscapes are utterly breathtaking and it will be hard to tear your eyes away from the views of the Grand Canyon from Mather Point and Bright Angel Lodge.

Walking along the trail that hugs the rim is an unforgettable experience, and the stop at Hoover Dam on the way back is the perfect end to a wonderful trip.

6. Ultimate Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Starting off in Las Vegas, this tour will fascinate and astound you and you’ll come away knowing everything there is to know about the fabulous Hoover Dam.

Wandering around the power plant is very interesting and the Visitor’s Center will tell you all about the history and mechanics of the dam as well as the architecture involved.

In addition to this, there is a great walk along the top of the dam, so you can enjoy marvelous views of Lake Mead and the Black Canyon below.

7. Grand Canyon West Rim and Hoover Dam Tour Trekker with Lunch

Grand Canyon West Rim

Combining both the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam into one trip is a time effective way to see as much of this part of the States as possible, and this tour will certainly not disappoint with what it has to offer.

Visiting the observation deck of the dam is a captivating experience; see how one of the nation’s historic landmarks works in practice – the views from the top are equally special.

After that, it is off to the Grand Canyon to gaze in wonder at one of the natural wonders of the world. Simply breathtaking.

8. Hoover Dam Tour with Lake Mead Cruise

Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise

One of the largest man-made lakes in the world, cruising upon the tranquil waters of Lake Mead is a lovely way to pass the time and the scenery on show is beautiful to behold.

A great package deal, this tour also visits the spectacular Hoover Dam, where you learn about its history and how it was built.

With a trip to the famous Ethel M Chocolate Factory included, it’s the perfect combination of food, history and incredible nature.

9. 4-Hour Hoover Dam Express Tour from Las Vegas

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Perfect for travelers who are pressed for time, this efficient and well-organized tour will take you to the Hoover Dam and back. In no time at all, you will have seen one of the most incredible engineering feats in the US.

After having been picked up, sit back and enjoy the lovely landscapes drift by the window before you step off the bus and see Hoover Dam before you.

The guided tour is both entertaining and educational. For a four-hour excursion, you’ll come away feeling like you’ve seen a remarkable amount.

10. Super Hoover Dam Tour and Clark County Museum

Hoover Dam Tour

For those who are interested in learning a bit more about the Hoover Dam and the history of the surrounding area, this trip is the perfect choice.

Included in the deal is a lovely walk across the top of the dam, where you can gaze out over the wonderful Lake Mead; your guide will certainly tell you all there is to know about this famous landmark.

The day ends with a stop at the Clark County Museum, where there are loads of fascinating restored historic buildings for you to explore.

11. Grand Canyon in a Day: Hummer Tour from Las Vegas

Grand Canyon In A Day - Hummer Tour

Travel in style from Las Vegas to this incredible natural wonder and make the most of your trip by stopping off at Hoover Dam to take yet more stunning photos.

If gazing out over the wonders of the Grand Canyon wasn’t enough, you’ll also drive through the mesmerizing Joshua Tree Forest and learn more about the Hualapai Indian culture.

In addition to all this, the drive to and from these spectacular places is just as impressive, as you trawl along the famous Route 66 in your Hummer.

12. Hoover Dam National Historic Landmark

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One of the most magnificent feats of engineering on the face of the Earth, a tour to Hoover Dam is a great way to learn more about it; this tour certainly delivers.

Together, the guided tour and the educational film will teach you all about how it was built and the exhibition in the Visitor’s Center is both interesting and informative.

With amazing views from its summit, Hoover Dam will never disappoint.

13. Grand Canyon: Bus Tour with Walking Tour Guide

Grand Canyon Bus Tour

A very well run tour, this combo deal sees you stop off at Hoover Dam for a photo opportunity before carrying on to the Grand Canyon.

There, you’ll get to gaze out over the incredible scenery and learn about the local fauna and flora.

While a visit to a Native American Indian village is also included, it is the views at Eagle Point and Guano Point that will set your heart racing.

14. Hoover Dam Mountain Bike Tour

Mountain Biking Historical Tunnel Trail To Hoover Dam

A great way to see this national historic landmark in all its glory is to take to your bike and enjoy the dam from different angles as you ride around the surrounding terrain.

After stopping off to go around the dam and learn about its history and mechanics, cycling around Lake Mead is a wonderfully liberating experience and the nature on show is beautiful in its desolation.

This tour helps you experience the dam from a whole new perspective; exploring the trails surrounding it will be an experience that stays with you forever.

15. Antelope & Grand Canyon Sunrise Tour

Grand Canyon Sunrise

Starting off from Las Vegas, this two-day tour will take you to some of the most memorable sights in this part of the States.

Seeing the sunrise over the Grand Canyon is an absolutely incredible experience and is certainly up there with the best views on Earth.

The spectacular Antelope Canyon is equally mesmerizing to explore. This wonderful tour ends with a visit to the towering Hoover Dam.

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Exclusive: Private Tour of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam

Experience the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas while exploring the majestic Hoover Dam on an exclusive private tour.

This immersive excursion not only offers a unique opportunity to discover two iconic landmarks in one unforgettable journey but also provides a deeper understanding of their history and significance.

Led by a knowledgeable guide, guests will be captivated by stunning views of the desert landscape as they make their way to the Hoover Dam. From walking along the Bypass Bridge to delving into the dam’s inner workings, this private tour promises an intimate and immersive experience like no other.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there. After exploring the Hoover Dam, guests will take a detour to discover the vibrant energy and excitement of the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street.

With the convenience of round-trip transportation and the personalized attention of a dedicated guide, this private tour is the perfect way to explore and appreciate the wonders of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam.

Good To Know

  • Skip the bus tours and opt for a private tour for a more intimate experience of the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas Strip.
  • Enjoy personalized attention and informative commentary from a dedicated guide throughout the tour.
  • Explore the interior of the Hoover Dam on a 40-minute group tour and learn about its inner workings.
  • Visit iconic landmarks such as the Bypass Bridge, Lake Mead Overlook, Fremont Street, and the Welcome to Las Vegas sign for stunning views and photo opportunities.

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Tour Overview and Highlights

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Embark on an unforgettable adventure through Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam, where you’ll discover iconic landmarks, stunning views, and personalized attention from a dedicated guide.

This private tour offers an exclusive and intimate experience, allowing you to skip the crowded bus tours and travel in a private vehicle. Your knowledgeable guide will provide informative commentary, giving you insights into the inner workings of the Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel.

Begin your tour in Boulder City, home of the dam, where you’ll walk along the Bypass Bridge for unique views. Then, explore the dam’s interior on a guided tour, learning about its fascinating history and impressive engineering.

Continue your journey with a visit to the Lake Mead Overlook, offering breathtaking views and photo opportunities. Finally, cruise down the famous Las Vegas Strip and visit Fremont Street, enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of this iconic city.

This private tour guarantees a truly immersive and personalized Las Vegas experience.

Reasons to Choose This Tour

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After discovering the tour overview and highlights of exploring Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam, it’s time to uncover the compelling reasons why this private tour is the ideal choice for an unforgettable experience.

One of the main reasons to choose this tour is the opportunity for unique experiences . Unlike bus tours, this private tour allows you to travel in a private vehicle, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace and make special stops along the way.

Plus, you’ll receive personalized attention from a dedicated guide and driver, who’ll provide informative commentary about the sites you visit. Whether you’re exploring the interior of the Hoover Dam or cruising down the famous Las Vegas Strip, you’ll have the advantage of a more intimate setting and the convenience of round-trip transportation from your Las Vegas hotel.

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind adventure that promises unforgettable memories.

Pickup Details and Logistics

Exclusive: Private Tour of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam - Pickup Details and Logistics

When confirming your reservation for the private tour of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam, you can select your preferred pickup point from the available Las Vegas hotels. Hotel pickup logistics are made easy, ensuring a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Whether you’re staying on the famous Las Vegas Strip or in the surrounding area, transportation options are convenient and efficient. Once you’ve chosen your pickup location, simply wait for your private vehicle to arrive at the designated time. Hotel parking is available in Las Vegas, allowing you to leave your car safely while you embark on your tour.

Pricing for the private tour is per group of up to 5 guests, making it a great option for families or small groups of friends. So sit back, relax , and let the transportation logistics be taken care of as you prepare to explore the wonders of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam.

Itinerary and Activities

During the private tour of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the iconic landmarks and attractions of both destinations, enjoying the captivating history and vibrant atmosphere of Las Vegas while also experiencing the engineering marvel that’s the Hoover Dam.

Here is what you can expect during the tour:

Exploring Boulder City : Begin your journey by driving from Las Vegas to Boulder City, the home of Hoover Dam. This charming city offers a glimpse into the past with its historic buildings and quaint atmosphere.

Capturing Memories : Walk along the Bypass Bridge for unique views of the Dam and capture stunning photos. Don’t forget to visit the Lake Mead Overlook, where you can enjoy breathtaking views and create lasting memories.

Touring the Dam’s Interior : Take a 40-minute group tour of the Dam’s interior and learn about its inner workings. Marvel at the impressive machinery and gain a deeper understanding of the dam’s significance.

Exploring Las Vegas : Set out on a 2-hour tour of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, Fremont Street, and the Las Vegas Strip. Experience the glitz and glamour of the city as you explore its famous landmarks and attractions.

With this itinerary, you’re sure to have a memorable and enriching experience during your private tour of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam.

Bypass Bridge and Lake Mead Overlook

As you walk along the Bypass Bridge during the private tour of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam, you will be treated to unparalleled views of the majestic Dam and the sparkling waters of Lake Mead. The Bypass Bridge not only provides a unique perspective of the Hoover Dam, but also offers fantastic photo opportunities. Capture the grandeur of the Dam as it stands proudly against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains. And don’t forget to turn your lens towards Lake Mead, where the scenic views are simply breathtaking. To fully grasp the beauty of this natural wonder, take a moment to appreciate the contrast between the rugged desert landscape and the serene expanse of water. The Bypass Bridge and Lake Mead Overlook are truly must-see stops on your private tour.

Guided Tour of Hoover Dam’s Interior

Exclusive: Private Tour of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam - Guided Tour of Hoover Dams Interior

Set out on a captivating journey through the inner workings of the Hoover Dam with a guided tour of its impressive interior. This part of the Hoover Dam tour experience is a must for anyone wanting to fully understand the dam’s historical significance .

Here are four things to expect on the guided tour:

A knowledgeable guide : Your guide will provide informative commentary about the dam’s construction, engineering marvels , and the challenges faced during its creation.

Up-close views : Explore the intricate details of the dam’s interior, including its massive turbines, generators , and the intricate network of tunnels and chambers.

Historical exhibits : Learn about the dam’s role in transforming the American Southwest and its impact on the surrounding communities through interactive exhibits and displays.

Stunning vistas : Step outside to witness breathtaking views of the Colorado River and the surrounding landscape from the observation deck, offering a unique perspective on the dam’s grandeur.

With its rich history and remarkable engineering, the guided tour of the Hoover Dam’s interior is an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of this iconic American landmark.

Private Tour of Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street

Experience the vibrant energy and iconic sights of the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street on a private tour that immerses you in the heart of this dazzling city.

This exclusive tour takes you to the hidden gems of Fremont Street, where you can discover the rich history and unique attractions that make this area a must-visit. From the dazzling light show of the Viva Vision canopy to the famous Neon Museum, there’s something for all to enjoy.

As you cruise down the Las Vegas Strip, your knowledgeable guide will take you to the best photo spots, ensuring you capture stunning images of the city’s famous landmarks. Whether it’s the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign or the breathtaking views from the High Roller Observation Wheel, this private tour guarantees an unforgettable experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are Meals Included in the Tour?

Meals are not included in the tour. Guests with specific dietary restrictions may want to bring their own food. Unfortunately, meal preferences cannot be accommodated in advance or on the day of the tour.

Is There a Minimum Number of Guests Required for the Tour to Operate?

There is no minimum number requirement for the tour to operate. Whether it’s just one person or a group of five, the private tour of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam will go ahead as planned.

Can Children Under 5 Years Old Join the Tour?

Children under 5 years old cannot join the tour for safety reasons. However, the private tour of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam offers many benefits for early travel experiences, including personalized attention and informative commentary.

Is There a Restroom Available on the Tour Vehicle?

Yes, there is a restroom available on the tour vehicle. The tour provides convenient amenities, ensuring that guests have a comfortable and enjoyable experience throughout the journey.

Are There Any Additional Fees or Expenses During the Tour?

There are no hidden costs or additional charges during the tour. The price includes round-trip transportation, entrance fees , and the services of a dedicated guide. Guests can enjoy the experience without worrying about any unexpected expenses.

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To sum it up, this exclusive private tour of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam offers an unforgettable journey filled with glitz, glamour, and engineering marvels.

From the breathtaking views of the desert landscape to the guided tour of the dam’s interior, guests will be captivated by the beauty and significance of these iconic landmarks.

And let’s not forget the detour to the vibrant Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street, where the energy and excitement of this world-famous destination await.

Don’t miss out on this intimate and immersive experience of the Southwest’s most iconic attractions.

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If you’re one of the lucky fans who snagged a ticket to the biggest game of the year, you’re likely planning to do more than just watch football when in Vegas. Although at the Super Bowl you can watch an Usher performance at the halftime show and try to spot Taylor Swift , there’s plenty to do in Vegas before and after the game.

Here’s a round-up of some ideas for an action-packed Super Bowl weekend trip:

Helicopter night flight

See the neon lights and stunning skyline from thousands of feet in the air with this unique experience. When guests sign up for this experience, they also get to enjoy a dinner before the big flight. Sign up and check rates at Viator.com .

Vegas Strip walking tour

Never been to Vegas before? Or maybe you have but you didn’t venture much outside of your resort. If either of those options is the case, opt to spend a few hours of your next Vegas trip seeing all the sights on foot — from mega-casinos to impressive fountains to little-known spots off of the tourist trail. Head to TripAdvisor to book your walking tour.

Hoover Dam tour

In just a 45-minute car ride from Downtown Las Vegas, you can check out one of America’s greatest feats of engineering — the Hoover Dam. TripAdvisor hosts a comprehensive VIP tour that includes lunch, photo ops on the bridge overlooking the dam and a tour of the inside as well.

High Roller Ferris Wheel

Want a bird’s-eye-view of Vegas without having to pay for a helicopter trip? The High Roller Wheel at the LINQ Promenade gives you the perfect opportunity to do just that. Enjoy the thrill of an amusement park ride and the sights of neon, starry lights all at once. Get tickets at Ticketmaster .

Go to a concert

Get ready to party with Usher by checking out other iconic artists performing in Vegas like Adele, Kelly Clarkson, U2 and T-Pain. Click here to find our full list of Super Bowl weekend concerts with direct links to purchase tickets.

Take a day trip to Los Angeles

Although Vegas and LA are roughly 4 hours apart by car, TripAdvisor hosts day trips from Vegas to LA that include transportation by bus and a full tour of all of the city’s iconic spots. From Hollywood to the Santa Monica Pier and Beverly Hills, get two cities in on your trip and double the fun.

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The guide will not only help you navigate the metro, but will also provide you with fascinating background tales for the images you see and a history of each station.

And there some stories to be told during the Moscow metro tour! The deepest station - Park Pobedy - is 84 metres under the ground with the world longest escalator of 140 meters. Parts of the so-called Metro-2, a secret strategic system of underground tunnels, was used for its construction.

During the Second World War the metro itself became a strategic asset: it was turned into the city's biggest bomb-shelter and one of the stations even became a library. 217 children were born here in 1941-1942! The metro is the most effective means of transport in the capital.

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