A popular day trip destination for Las Vegas visitors, the Hoover Dam is a great sight in its own right. Opt for a vacation rental near the Hoover Dam, and you can spend a couple of days exploring this engineering wonder and the spectacular Nevada scenery.
Hoover Dam Tours
You can tour the Hoover Dam itself or join a shorter tour of the power plant. Both give a fascinating glimpse into how this amazing structure works.
Hoover Dam Visitor Center
To learn about the history of the dam and the people who built it, head to the nearby Hoover Dam Visitor Center.
Take a boat trip on Lake Mead and enjoy a very different view of the Hoover Dam, as well as the surrounding scenery.
Whereas tickets for the tour of the power plant can be booked online and in advance, tickets for the Hoover Dam tour can only be purchased on the day, at the dam itself, and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. The Hoover Dam and the Visitor Center are open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Hoover Dam tour is not wheelchair accessible, and children must be over eight years of age to go on a tour. The dam tour is not suitable for people with claustrophobia or those who have been fitted with a pacemaker. You will be required to go through a security checkpoint before starting the tour, and any bags or camera equipment will be scanned.
Driving on the Dam
If you decide to drive over the old road on the top of the Hoover Dam, you won't be allowed to stop your vehicle at any time. Pedestrians are not allowed to walk on the Hoover Dam after dark.