Hoover Dam

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PO Box 60400, Boulder City, NV, USA

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Africancrab Africanc…
773 reviews
Hoover Dam & Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge 2012 Apr 28, 2012
Hoover Dam is one of the top 100 Wonders of the World. Located between Arizona and Nevada, it is a straddle for the Colorado River, a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the River. An engineering and architectural wonder it was the world's largest dam in 1930 when it was constructed. It is a Historic landmark and one of the most visited structures in the United States.

After the September 11 tragedy of 2001, the security of the dam became heightened. Nothing to be feared, it’s nothing like boarding a plane security. In late 2010 the construction of a bypass bridge over the dam began. The bridge was to divert the overwhelming traffic away from the dam. The original two way highway crossing the dam could no longer handle that much traffic.

With a little over 3500 visitors daily, you could say the traffic is great. But is it also an income bringer to the state of Nevada. If you are driving in from Las Vegas, getting there is easy. Just take Tropicana Avenue to US highway 515 south, this turns into Interstate 93 South which leads directly to the dam. The drive is scenic and dramatic giving way to sudden rise at Boulder city to reveal Lake Mead. Keep your cameras out; this is a great photo op. From here on, the rise and drop into the canyon of the dam is without a doubt one of the most scenic and photo perfect.

In the last two years since the beginning of the construction of the bridge, I have crossed the dam three times; this time around the bridge was complete.

PS: Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today!
Hoover Dam 2012
Hoover Dam 2012
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katiee katiee
3 reviews
Very interesing, Quite cheap depending on how you do it. Apr 16, 2011
We paid $69.99 to go on a bus tour of;

Hoover Dam [11.95]

Las Vegas Sign [free]

Chocolate Factory [free]

Botanical Cactus Gardens [free]

There was an option to add a Helecopter ride over the Dam for $100 but will be going up to $179 shortly as it is a new tour and was on special. I didnt add that part as I kind of ran out of money with all the gambling and drinking.

Hoover dam was interesting though, you see a 10 min film about the history of the dam then down the elevator/lift to see the workings of the filters etc.

Then up to the top for an amazing view!

I'd go to Hover Dam again but after working out how much it cost would probably pay for everything seperatly, although the tour guide did tell us a lot of information you wouldnt get if you drove there, not sure its worth $69.99 though.

Probably over priced, if intend to hire a car I recommend driving there, what with most of the
gr8guy gr8guy
37 reviews
Traveling to the Hoover Dam Apr 17, 2010
As of April 2010, IF you are driving from Arizona to Hoover Dam via highway 93 -- STOP. Turn Around - Find another way!!

Due to heavy traffic coupled with road /bridge construction.. a drive which should have taken no more than two hours took five (5)! So do yourself a favor and avoid going to the Hoover Dam (or cutting thru to get to Las Vegas) via highway 93 from Kingman, Arizona. You are much better off to take highway 68 thru Laughlin Arizona to highway 163 and then connect to highway 95 that brings you to the other side of Hoover Dam or to Via Las Vegas!

Good luck and drive safe!
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gr8guy says:
Awwwh, it really is a cool place!
Posted on: Apr 20, 2010
Tamanawas says:
Great pics! We did drive around via Laughlin Hwy 95 to avoid the traffic, but on the way back came down Hwy 93 to see the dam (10 pm at night). With the darkness, couldn't get any shots :(
Posted on: Apr 19, 2010
gr8guy gr8guy
37 reviews
Hoover Dam Dec 18, 2009
Hoover Dam is a huge concrete arch-gravity dam built into the canyon walls of the Colorado River located about 30 miles (48km) outside Las Vegas, Nevada. If you are a bit bleary-eyed from all the casinos, shows and general partying of Vegas and want some fresh air while stretching your legs, I recommend checking out this attraction. When I was there they were building a new highway bridge that will cut off traffic from actually crossing on the dam itself so you better hurry if you want to take that drive.

There is a very large parking structure near the dam with elevators to take you to the museum and tour starting points as well as some gift shops and a restaurant. Wear very comfy shoes, a hat and sun glasses because the glare off the walls can be very bright and in the summer, very hot temps will cook your brain so drink plenty of water.. NOT Vodka, save that for later when you get back to Vegas! I also recommend that you try to arrive as early in the morning as possible because they only allow a certain amount of tours to go through the facility so if you arrive late, it may be too late. Also, they no longer allow visitors to descend to the river itself as they once did so a long lens is the only way you will get close to the base of the dam. Allow about 3 hours to get your fill of the National Historic Landmark.

Good luck and have fun!
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gr8guy says:
Yes, I have actually been allowed to go to the very bottom near the river.. shhhhhhh. ;-)
Posted on: Apr 20, 2010
Tamanawas says:
. . . so you did the tour to see the generators?!? I like the river views! :)
Posted on: Apr 19, 2010
Miranda-Maas Miranda-…
144 reviews
Interesting structure on the border of Arizona and Nevada Apr 22, 2009
If you're in to structures the Hoover Dam is really a must but even if you're not really into structures, it's a nice sight. When you drive from Las Vegas to The Grand Canyon you can choose to drive by the Hoover Dam. You can park your car very close to it and have a walk on the Dam. When you're standing on it, you'll have a better view than from the car. You can see better how deep is actually is and you have a great view from the building of the bridge next to it. If you like, there is an information point of the Hoover Dam. I don't think that's free (i didn't go here) but it suppost it won't be that expensive. So if you're in the neighbourhood, just take half an hour to stop here.
X_Drive X_Drive
836 reviews
Hoover Dam May 16, 2008
When I thought about writing a review on Hoover Dam I decided that among other things I would search through and see what others had said about it. I found that at the time it was part of fifty-one blogs and there must have been more than 200 pictures of either the dam, outside and in, and Lake Mead. Many even mentioned and photographed the new highway that is being built high overhead and slightly farther south of the dam itself. More about that in a moment.

After all the blogs I only one review of this marvelous, magnificent and even easily recognized sight. So in putting together this review I am using my own recalls and experiences, and a little of the information available everywhere.

More about the new roadway. They are creating this for a couple of reasons. First, now that there is much more traffic around the area the present road over the top of the dam is slow and congested and they want to speed things up. The second reason is security. After 9/11 the United States has put many extra security steps into effect. By building the road where they have they are lowering the possibility of a major disaster if an enemy decided to try an attack there.

The dam is located in Black Canyon, just about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is what is called and arch-gravity type, where the water load is carried by both gravity action and horizontal arch action. Construction began in April 1931 and was completed in March 1936. Although originally named Boulder Dam it was renamed after President Herbert Hoover. And at the time it was the largest electric-power generating station and the world's largest concrete structure. Lake Meade when full backs up 110 miles behind the dam.

Some tours are still available but they are not as complete as in days past.

Certainly it is a wonderful stop between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, but for southern California who gets most of the power generated by the dam it is what gives them life.
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X_Drive says:
Oh, I see I goofed again. You said time zones, not times. Yep, that you can do, but be careful of the cars, there's no stop sign there! :D
Posted on: Mar 31, 2009
X_Drive says:
Anita, I think that's only true part of the year. Arizona does not have Daylight Savings.
Posted on: Mar 31, 2009
aelder2259 says:
I forgot to mention...does everybody know that you can stand in two different time zones in the middle of the dam?
Posted on: Mar 31, 2009
mwtlgray mwtlgray
21 reviews
Hoover Dam Feb 27, 2008
They are continuesly working on the dam so always expect construction. Write now they are currently working on making an over pass that goes over the dam. Kind of exciting just to see how they are building it. It is a really beautiful site to see but make sure you hold on tight to anything that might fly away. The wind was crazy and we lost our hat while sitting on the side. If you are traveling with a camper, there is a seperate area you will have to drive through, they will do a search of the camper. New policies due to the events on September 11th 2001. They offer tours and helicopter rides over the area. If you all you want to do is visit, you dont have to pay anything. Just park, which is also free, and walk around and enjoy the site. It is beautiful!

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