Hoover Dam.

Walk Through Hoover Dam

Field review by the editors.

Boulder City, Nevada

According to its tour guides, Hoover dam was built to last 2,000 years -- so there's no rush to catch a tour of its innards. It's fun, though... unless you don't like heights, or the thought that you're encased within umpty-billion tons of cement. If those are your personal fears, stay away.

As a visitor, you take an elevator 54 stories straight down, marvel at the giant spinning generators and immense pipes, then walk through a claustrophobic tunnel to catch dizzying views into Black Canyon while gusts of wind thrash your face.

All that neon in Las Vegas? It wouldn't glow without the hydropower of Hoover Dam.

Walk Through Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Old US Hwy 93, Boulder City, NV
The dam straddles the Nevada-Arizona border on Old US 93. With the opening of the Hoover Dam bypass bridge, travelers from Arizona have to cross over to Nevada, then exit and take old US 93 to the Dam. The Arizona side has free parking, but it's unshaded and you have to walk across the dam to get to the tour and other dam attractions.
Summer daily 9:15-5:15; off-season until 4:15 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Parking $10, visitor center $10, 30-min tour $15, hour tour $30
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Winged Figures of the RepublicWinged Figures of the Republic, Boulder City, NV - < 1 mi.
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Memorial to Hoover Dam DeadMemorial to Hoover Dam Dead, Boulder City, NV - < 1 mi.
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