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Hoover Dam Classic Tour

Hoover Dam Bus Tour Details

  • Includes Generator Room and Hoover Dam Visitor Center.
  • Breakfast snack and bottled waters included.
  • Approximately 7+ hours.
  • 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.
  • 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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Tour Description

A Hoover Dam And Lake Mead Tour

Seeing the Hoover Dam is a bucket list destination. If you have always desired to explore this impressive structure, we have the best tour for you. To start the day, you will be picked up directly from your Las Vegas Strip hotel. This convenient pickup does not include a bus terminal allowing you to start your tour right away and to sleep in a little longer.

Travel In Our Luxury Buses

On the journey out of town, your Las Vegas tour guide will narrate the local scenery, giving you all the facts and history of old and new Las Vegas. We like to ensure that all our guests travel in comfort. That is why we operate a fleet of luxury tour buses equipped with individual air conditioning, adjustable seats, and an on-board restroom.

Arriving At The Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is located only an hour drive from Las Vegas, and you will arrive at your destination in no time. Your tour will begin at the Hoover Dam Visitor Center and the Generator Room. 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 At The Hoover Dam

Your 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 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 that give you a deeper understanding of the dam’s construction and operation.

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. Now you have two options for how to continue with your tour.

First Option- Bridge And Boulder City Experience 

The first option is to visit the Pat Tillman- Mike O’Callaghan Memorial Bridge to view the Hoover Dam and Colorado River from above—a truly spectacular view. Following this, your driver and guide will then take you to the Lake Mead Overlook, located about 20 minutes away, to see a breathtaking view of the lake. Finally, you will head into Boulder City, known as the town that built the Hoover Dam. There, you will be taken to the Hoover Dam Museum, and then have free time to explore the quaint little town of Boulder City, grab some lunch at one of the local eateries, and relax. After about an hour and a half, the bus will return to drive you back to Las Vegas and return you at your same pickup location.

Second Option- Lake Mead Boat Lunch Cruise for an additional $75

If you choose to upgrade your tour to include a Lake Mead Boat Cruise then you will head over to the Marina instead of seeing Pat Tillman-Mike O’Callaghan Memorial Bridge and the Hoover Dam Museum in Boulder City. Here, you will board a Lake Mead boat cruise that will take you on a 90-minute journey around Lake Mead. While on-board the cruise, you will receive lunch and be guided to see wildlife and learn the history and formation of Lake Mead. The boat will travel toward the Hoover Dam and takes you as close to it as watercraft are allowed.

After your lunch cruise has ended, the bus will return to pick you up. Then you will make the drive back to Las Vegas and be dropped off at the same location as your pickup.

The Tour With Everything You Need

This tour has it all. Whether you decide to explore more of the Hoover Dam and Boulder City, or enjoy a relaxing Lake Mead boat cruise, you cannot miss out on this amazing one-day tour outside of Las Vegas. Travel with Grand Canyon Destinations and let us handle all the details for you so that you can make lasting memories and get the most out of your Vegas vacation.