Hoover Dam Tours From Las Vegas
Hoover Dam Tours
About Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas help you find what you are seeking when you visit Las Vegas. Seeing the Hoover Dam, or stopping off in Boulder City can make a very fun day excursion. Boulder City makes seeing a place like Hoover Dam all that more interesting. That is why we provide Hoover Dam tours that are unique and fun. Not only can you experience breathtaking views on our bus tour, you can also take pictures of the Hoover Dam and bypass bridge.
We don’t miss a beat here at Grand Canyon Destinations. We guarantee to always do everything we can to accommodate your travel wishes.
Another Exciting Part of Your Vegas Trip
If you want to take city tours of places like Boulder City or wish to visit the canyons West Rim area, we will make sure your cultural and historic tours fall in line with your trip as a visitor. You can sign up for a day tour to the Hoover Dam, and take a day trip directly from your Las Vegas hotel. This type of discovery tour will make spending time in Sin City both unique and diverse. If you have never seen a feat of engineering, such as what you will see on one of our Hoover Dam tours, be prepared to be impressed.
Taking one of the featured Hoover Dam tours is just as exciting as a Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, but in a different way. The Fremont Street Experience comprises a pedestrian mall in Las Vegas and features five blocks of an area, previously called “Glitter Gulch”.
On the other hand, Hoover Dam tours will take you out of the Las Vegas Valley and into the more remote parts of the area. Hoover Dam tours are a great way to experience more of the historical side of Vegas. Along the tour you will learn about the building of the dam, Boulder City, and how these areas helped Las Vegas become what it is today.
Planning a Half-day Tour of Hoover Dam
You can also experience short guided tours of the dam. These half-day events will give you plenty to share on Facebook or with friends and family. Maybe you would like an aerial tour of the dam. Helicopter tours can be arranged in Las Vegas. Whatever you choose for your Hoover Dam experience, you will find that you will never forget the trip when you book through Grand Canyon Destinations.
We offer the Hoover Dam Classic tour which allows visitors to see all parts of the amazing Hoover Dam. Because the Hoover Dam is a national historic landmark, you will discover a great deal of interesting facts before you reach the visitor’s center and the observation deck. You can also take off-road trips when opting for Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas.
Customizing Your Tour Experience
Outdoor activities include cruising and lunching on Lake Mead and enjoying a number of photo opportunities. The power plant tours in Hoover Dam will give you plenty of reason to see this national icon. You can arrange private tours of Hoover Dam, raft tours on the nearby Colorado River, or even add an attraction on your Grand Canyon Destinations itinerary. Just give us a call and tell us what you want to see outside of Las Vegas. We can help you plan a trip that will be to your liking and satisfaction.
A West or South Rim bus tour is an affordable road trip as is an SUV tour, if you choose this travel option. To see the water from the top of the dam will make any tour from Las Vegas both unique and breathtaking. Our qualified tour guide will provide you with all the information you need to savor your short getaway. While some of our customers add an excursion to travel plans, such as Nevada’s Valley of Fire State Park, others just choose one of our advertised Hoover Dam tours packages.
Questions to Ask While Planning
To plan one of our VIP tours, you need to confide with our Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas guides. Do you want to include views of Lake Mead or views of the Grand Canyon among your pictures? Or, do you want to focus on one place, and visit just the Hoover Dam? Would you prefer to take one of our small group walking tours?
As you can see, you have a lot to contemplate, if you plan to include one of Grand Canyon Destination’s Hoover Dam tours on your itinerary.
Other Questions to Ponder
Before you set a tour in motion, think about what in the surrounding area you might like to see besides Hoover Dam. How much time can you spend touring outside of Las Vegas? Would you like to raft, hike, or focus on taking pictures? Would you like to visit one of the Utah area national parks or stop at a Nevada state park? These extra excursions and activities can be integrated into Hoover Dam tours planning.
Finding The Best Tour For You
Again, you can also choose one of our tour packages featured online. You can either customize your travel experience or pick one of the Hoover Dam tours travel programs that we regularly provide. For instance, if you wish to customize your travel experience, you may want to cruise on Lake Mead or raft through the Black Canyon, a gorge situated below Hoover Dam.
Our experienced tour guides will share their knowledge as well as provide a brief history of the Hoover Dam. This amazing example of geological sculpting gives you a chance to view the enormity of the dam as well as see area wildlife. Local wildlife such as ospreys, great blue herons, and bighorn sheep are great to see on a tour.
Everyone who stops off at the Mike O’Callaghan Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge likes to take pictures of Lake Mead and the dam. You too will be caught up in visiting this marvel and source of hydroelectric power for a large US Southwest area.
When you take one of Grand Canyon Destination’s Hoover Dam tours, you will learn more about dam’s history. The dam was designed to regulate the flow of the Colorado River by the formation of Lake Mead. The body of water sits on the Nevada and Arizona border, 30 minutes south and east of Las Vegas on Highway 93.
Where Your Journey of the Dam Begins
This area attraction draws around one million visitors annually. The public tour of the dam is conducted by the US Bureau of Reclamation, which has been performing tours since the 1930s, shortly after the dam was built. All the dam tours begin at the visitor’s center.
It is better to take a coach bus, such as one of the vehicles represented by Grand Canyon Destinations, as driving a car can prove to be a hassle. For example, not all cars can cross the dam. Rental trucks and RVs may cross the dam but may go through inspection.
Get The Best Hoover Dam Pictures
If you choose to go by bus rather than rent a car, it is easier to take pictures during the drive in. During this drive you get incredible views that you cannot get from standing on the dam. If you drive a car, you may find that it can be difficult finding a pull-out stop for photographing the dam and the surrounding landscape. Instead of dealing with this type of limitation, you can depend on Grand Canyon Destinations to stop at the right places for photo-taking opportunities.
Where Hoover Dam Tours From Las Vegas Begin
Should you choose to go on one of the express tours of the dam, you will need to stop, as noted, at the power plant and dam’s visitor’s center initially. Normally, the visitor center opens at 9:00 AM and closes at 5:00 PM. The building is open every day except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
If you take one of the Reclamation Department’s dam tours, you will need to make sure to get an early start. These tours are offered on a first-come, first serve basis. Therefore, you really do need to plan ahead with our travel guide before embarking on a bus tour or planning a customized or private trip. When you take one of our Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas, we guarantee to arrive early enough at the dam to get onto a morning tour.
Keep in mind that if you have any family members under 8 years old, they cannot go on some of the Hoover Dam tours, but can still see other parts of the dam. Additionally, ease of access is difficult for people in wheelchairs on Hoover Dam tours. So, people who need to get around this way cannot take one of these presentations.
However, if you want to visit the power plant, all ages are welcome on this specific tour. Again, like the dam, you won’t be able to tour the power plant if you have limited mobility. The plant or dam are simply too large and feature terrain that is hard to navigate via a wheelchair.
Hoover Dam History
Whether you plan a short stopover to visit the Hoover Dam or you tour this engineering feat, and spend some time at the facility, you will need to learn a little about the dam’s history. By reviewing the history online, you will make a visit to the dam more insightful.
As noted, the Hoover Dam was once known as the Boulder Dam. Boulder City was the home of the laborers who worked on the dam. Today, Boulder City, located in Nevada, is a mix of art deco architecture and neon colors at night. It is located about 25 miles outside of the main Las Vegas area.
The construction of the Hoover Dam took five years to complete. While contractors could take seven years to complete the dam, they were able to meet deadline by March 1, 1936. Boulder City was built to provide housing for the dam employees in 1931. Today, Boulder City has a noted distinction. It is the only city in the state of Nevada where gambling is not allowed.
Taking a Tour When Things are Slower
If you wish to take one of the Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas when things are not as crowded, you need to plan your Las Vegas vacation and tour the dam during a slow month. Slow months, in this case, include January and February. At these times, you should plan your trip early, or take a tour of the dam and/or power plant from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM. Tour crowds also taper off from 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM. However, most express tours are over by this time of day.
One thing to remember when taking one of the Hoover Dam tours is that you are touring an all-concrete facility in the desert. Therefore, the dam can get extremely hot. Make sure you cover your arms and legs and wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Also, you need to wear comfortable yet rugged shoes when taking the walking tour.
The Highest Bridge in the US
The Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge is definitely worth seeing as well when taking one of the Hoover Dam tours. The bridge, which spans the Colorado River, can be seen from the dam. The bridge, which is 900 feet over the water, is notably the highest arch bridge made of concrete in the world. It is also the second highest bridge in the United States. Only the Royal Gorge Bridge in nearby Colorado is higher. The primary area of the bypass is called the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. This part of the bypass opened in 2010.
How To See The Hoover Dam
As you can see, you need to carefully consider how you will see the Hoover Dam during your stay in Las Vegas. You may want to select a Hoover Dam Classic tour package to get the full experience. You can customize your travel and consider Hoover Dam tours options.
Whatever you plan to do, arrange any of the Hoover Dam tours through Grand Canyon Destinations. Let us help you make your trip to Las Vegas one that is filled with plenty of entertainment and adventure. Contact us today about one of our Hoover Dam tours and add the getaway to your Las Vegas trip plans now.