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Las Vegas Hoover Dam Classic Tour

Hoover Dam Bus Tour Details

Tour Includes:

  • Includes Generator Room and Hoover Dam Visitor Center.
  • Breakfast snack and bottled waters included.
  • Separate tour guide and driver on every tour providing excellent guest service
  • Approximately 7+ hours.

Please Note:

  • Short on time? This is the perfect tour for you!
  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours from the start of tour.
  • We DO NOT use a check-in terminal; we leave directly after hotel pickups.
  • There are no additional fees on the day of tour.
  • No fuel surcharge.
  • Times are approximate and are subject to change.
  • Pick-ups will begin approximately 7:00 AM.

2020 Tour Itinerary:

  • 7:00 AM begin pickups
  • Photograph the Hoover Dam and the Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
  • Learn key historical facts of how the Hoover Dam and Memorial Bridge were made
  • Arrive back in Las Vegas from your tour shortly after noon

P.S. – All times are approximate and are subject to change.

Are food and beverages included in the Hoover Dam tour?

On our day trip to the Hoover Dam, a light breakfast snack is included. The water it’s on us. All you can drink!

Is a gratuity expected?

Tips are accepted and appreciated for a job well done. We suggest a 10% tip minimum, which is industry standard.

What items should we bring?

Bring your camera to capture and preserve beautiful memories. A government-issued photo ID is required for all flight tours. Other helpful things to bring are beverages with a screw-on cap, sunscreen, sunglasses and cash or credit cards if you’re planning to purchase anything such as souvenirs!

What should we wear?

We recommend comfortable walking shoes, and, for the summer months, wear sunblock and hats for protection. Dressing in layers is also suggested as summer monsoon storms are common. For the winter months, dress in warm clothing.

What is your cancellation policy?

We offer free cancellation up to 24 hours from the start of the tour. Cancellations received less than 24 hours from the start of the tour will not be refunded. To be considered for a refund, please email custsvc@grandcanyondestinations.com.

Are there any additional fees or surcharges?

There is no fuel surcharge, and there are no other charges on the day of the tour.

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Las Vegas Hoover Dam Tour Description

 

Taking A Hoover Dam Classic Tour

Las Vegas Hoover Dam tours are one of a kind. Of all the guided tours, the Hoover Dam classic tour is one that cannot be bypassed by anyone visiting Las Vegas. This short day-trip offers plenty in the way of sights and attractions. A major feat of engineering, the Hoover Dam is one landmark that simply cannot be ignored. Whether you take an exclusive Hoover Dam tour or stop over at the Hoover Dam on one of the Grand Canyon tours, you will find this day trip from Las Vegas to be both entertaining and engaging.

A Memorable Adventure

Taking this tour, you will learn more about the dam through commentary from our professional travel guides that are both interactive and engaging. You can get round-trip Las Vegas Hoover Dam transportation from or near your hotel in Vegas for the one-hour drive. By taking this all-inclusive tour, you can also experience a one-time unique photo adventure. The tour includes a powerplant journey down the walls of the surrounding Black Canyon. With complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off, there is no reason not to add this adventure to your 2020 Las Vegas itinerary.

The standard Grand Canyon tour companies use a driver and tour guide in one. This person then has to check guests in, narrate the tour, pass out lunches, answer questions, and drive a 40,000 pound vehicle safely. At Grand Canyon Destinations, we value safety and customer service. That is why we have a separate driver and tour guide on every tour bus. Your dedicated tour guide will be there to guide you, share facts and stories, answer your questions, and help you with any needs throughout the tour.

Taking A Las Vegas Hoover Dam Trip

Once you leave your Las Vegas hotel, you will climb aboard one of our climate-controlled luxury tour buses. At this point, you will get to know your guide and driver, both who are friendly and professional. Your tour guide will give you a brief overview of the Hoover Dam’s history through an enlivening and interesting introduction. Your tour guide will be there to lead you every step of the way as well as answer all your questions during the tour.

Your Las Vegas Hoover Dam tour will stop at many picturesque stops so you can take some great pictures to upload to Facebook and Instagram. Hoover Dam tours, when taken from the Las Vegas strip, are always fun and eventful. We can help you plan a perfect day trip adventure or a longer travel excursion at your convenience. Just tell us what you would like to plan for your day trip and travel itinerary. We will do all that we can to make your trip the happy and memorable experience you are looking for.

Visiting The Hoover Dam

All Hoover Dam tours begin in Las Vegas. You will be picked up at your Las Vegas hotel and make the one-hour drive to the Hoover Dam. Along the way, your dedicated tour guide will share interesting history and stories with you about the surrounding Las Vegas area.

Once you arrive, you will start your adventure at the Hoover Dam Visitor Center. There, you can acclimate yourself to the enormity of the structure and the place. Situated between Lake Mead and the Colorado River, the Hoover Dam is located just one hour from the Las Vegas Strip. The Hoover Dam is one of our most popular Las Vegas tours due to its close proximity to the city. This national historic landmark allows visitors to see the internal and external workings of the dam along their tour.

ARRIVING AT THE HOOVER DAM

The Hoover Dam is located only a one hour drive from Las Vegas, and you will arrive at your destination in no time. Hoover Dam hours are generally 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Therefore, your tour will begin around the opening hours of the dam. Starting at the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and the Generator Room, you will be on your way. This will be your first look at the mighty Hoover Dam. Lasting about two hours, you will be guided around the Hoover Dam site as well as below it to the Hoover Dam power plant. You will learn about the construction of the dam, the history of it, its effect on surrounding areas, and how the dam affects modern-day operations in Las Vegas and far beyond.

WHAT YOU WILL SEE ON A LAS VEGAS HOOVER DAM TOUR

Your Las Vegas Hoover Dam power plant tour experience will lead you 530 feet underground via elevator to the Penstock Viewing Platform. Here you will witness gigantic pipes measuring 30 feet in diameter that transport the hundreds of thousands of gallons of water each day from Lake Mead to the dam’s generators. Short films and displays along the tour give guests extended information into the workings of the Hoover Dam to help visitors understand the sites they are seeing.

Following this, guests are guided to a room where they will see eight of the 17 powerplant generators used to create energy from the Hoover Dam. Next, you will travel back up to ground level for the remainder of the tour which includes interactive exhibits and full-scale models. This museum will give you a deeper understanding of the Hoover Dam project, its construction, and operation. For example, the Hoover Dam once went by the name Boulder Dam.

The tour then continues with outside displays and exhibits that will take you around Hoover Dam and along the top of the dam as well to really get the full view. Here, you will be able to see the most up-close look of the dam, as well as Lake Mead and the Colorado River all in one view. After concluding the Hoover Dam portion of the tour, your luxury bus will return. Then you will continue on with the rest of the tour.

HOOVER DAM BYPASS BRIDGE 

After going on top of and underneath the dam, you will visit the Pat Tillman- Mike O’Callaghan Memorial Bridge for a different view. You will get to see the Hoover Dam and Colorado River from above—a truly spectacular view. Following your walk out onto the bridge, your driver and guide will then take you to the Lake Mead Overlook. This viewpoint is located about 20 minutes away and allows you to see a breathtaking view of Lake Mead. Once you have soaked in the views of the lake, the bus will drive you back to Las Vegas and return you at your same pickup location.

The Las Vegas Hoover Dam Experience

Visitors get to take pictures of Lake Mead from the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. While you might travel there by car and find parking lots and a space at a parking garage, it can be a hassle. It is much better to arrange private tours and a power plant tour of the Hoover Dam by contacting Grand Canyon Destinations. Our Hoover Dam tours are both informative and stress-free.

Taking A Half-Day Hoover Dam Tour

Hoover Dam tours can be scheduled in various ways. You can take a separate tour that just goes to the Hoover Dam. Or you can take one of the guided tours to Grand Canyon National Park or Grand Canyons West Rim. During these tours, you will be able to stop over at the Hoover Dam for a brief photo opportunity. Road trips to the Hoover Dam can be arranged separately as part of a half-day tour from Las Vegas as well.

Arranging A Full Hoover Dam Tour

Not only will you get to see Lake Mead during your bus tour, you can also take in breathtaking views of the Colorado River and the surrounding landscape from the top of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge. Black Canyon, which lies below the Hoover Dam, is one amazing natural attraction. The canyon was formed from volcanic activity that took place over millions of years. As a result, the walls of the canyon ascend almost 2,000 feet from the edge of the Colorado River.

As Exciting As Vegas Itself

Any tour from the Las Vegas Strip will be as exciting as Vegas itself. Whether you choose to see the Hoover Dam, the South Rim, or West Rim of the Grand Canyon. Each destinations has its own wonders and amazing sites to see.

For example, when you visit Hoover Dam and the visitor center, you will get a briefing about the national historic landmark. This structure, which is part of the walking tours we provide, was a brainchild of the Bureau of Reclamation. Our travel guides can fill you in on all the historic details while you visit the dam. The Bureau of Reclamation is an agency of the US government that is responsible for water resource management. Its role in the history of the Hoover Dam made it possible to extend irrigation and electrical power over a broader area in the southwest region.

Making Travel Plans From Las Vegas

If you want to beat the crowds and arrange you Hoover Dam tours ahead of time, we can make it happen at Grand Canyon Destinations. You can count on convenience with us. To start and end your tour, you will be picked up and dropped off conveniently at one of the hotels in Las Vegas. Any of our Hoover Dam tours make it possible for you to see the Hoover Dam or surrounding landscape in one of various ways.

Your tour guide will give you interesting details and information along the way when you go on one of the Las Vegas Hoover Dam tours. There are so many interesting facts you may not know about the Hoover Dam. For instance, the Hoover Dam is 726 feet in height, which is higher than the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas or the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. Around 20,000 cars and trucks drive over the top of the dam each day between the borders of Arizona and Nevada. Also, the dam is built with enough concrete to construct a two-lane highway from Seattle to Miami.

More Fun Facts About The Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam, during peak hours, generates electricity with enough water to fill 15 average-sized swimming pools in a mere second. Also, each of the penstocks or water pipes in the power plant transport enough water to fill 900 100-gallon tubs in a second. That is enough water to fill 960,000 12-ounce aluminum soda cans in a second.

When you go through the Las Vegas Hoover Dam experience, you will see that the dam is shaped in the form of a curved axe. It is 45 feet in width at the top and 660 feet thick on the bottom. Also, Lake Mead is incomparable when it comes to reservoirs. The reservoir, which is the largest in the US, contains enough water to flood the state of New York in a foot of water.

Colorado River Provides Water To The West

Have you drunk water at Disneyland or Sea World? If so, that water has been supplied from Lake Mead and the Colorado River, both located about 300 miles away.

Each of the 17 generators that operate at the Hoover Dam supply power to 100,000 households. When they are running at full power, the generators can supply all the electrical needs of an area or a city of around three-quarter of a million people. Each generator that is used weighs in at about four million pounds, which is equal to 4.5 full 747-400 Boeing planes.

When you take one of the Hoover Dam tours, you will see the last resting place of the favorite pet and mascot dog of the workers who built the dam. This canine was not a one-man dog, but a faithful companion to all the construction crew at the time. Known as, “The Dog of the Dam” this black shepherd who would warn supervisors if it saw a worker or equipment mishap. The slab and last resting place is located at Old US Highway 93 in Boulder City, Nevada.

An Explosive Beginning

When the dam was built, every state in the US supplied building materials for the construction of the power structure. Dynamite in the amount of 8 1/2 million pounds was used to blast the base for the dam and its eight miles of tunnels.

If you choose to go on one of the Grand Canyon tours or directly to the dam itself, Grand Canyon Destinations makes the experience both easy and convenient. Hoover Dam tours can be scheduled individually or as part of a larger day trip to the South Rim or West Rim of the canyon. It is completely up to you how much time you want to spend at a location. We make it easy by providing the right suggestions for tour packages.

One of our Las Vegas Hoover Dam tours includes tours tickets and advice and information from our friendly and helpful travel guides. You can see views of Lake Mead from various angles at the dam site. When you visit the Hoover dam, we will begin your tour at the visitor center. Walking tours can be arranged anytime during the year.

What To Expect On A Tour

When you travel with Grand Canyon Destinations, any of our Hoover Dam tours will permit you to view the dam from approximately 900 feet over the Colorado River. As a Hoover Dam visitor, you can walk over the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. From this vantage point, you can also see the Lake Mead Visitor’s Center when leaving the landmark. You can also view historic Boulder City, which is known as the town that was responsible for building the dam.

You may wonder if the Hoover Dam tours we offer are wheelchair accessible or if you can use a stroller during the tour. The answer to both these questions is yes. Therefore, most people can participate in our Hoover Dam tours. You can also rent a wheelchair, if necessary, while visiting the dam.

See The Hoover Dam On More Las Vegas Tours

While you are in Las Vegas, you can see a number of sites surrounding the Las Vegas Strip. For example, you can visit Red Rock Canyon, the Hoover Dam, or the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.

We make any day trip from Las Vegas a one-of-a-kind experience. That is why our Hoover Dam tours are popular and a favorite of Las Vegas hotel visitors. Will you be staying at one of the hotels in Las Vegas? If so, contact us about Hoover Dam tours today. We will explain what is included in each of the bus tours we offer.

How You Can Contact Us

You can contact us about Hoover Dam tours by phone or email or on our website’s contact form. Phone us at our toll-free number at 866-717-TOUR (8687) or email us at custsvc@gcdestinations.com. We are here from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm each day of the week. Therefore, we can help you with your trip planning to canyon locations and the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.

When you take one of our Las Vegas Hoover Dam tours to get the Hoover Dam experience, you can choose from custom and private tours to the regularly featured tours on our website. If you don’t have much time, our all-inclusive Las Vegas Hoover Dam Classic tour is what you should choose. This tour makes learning about the Hoover Dam fun and entertaining. Additionally, it does not take too much time away from your Las Vegas activities.