Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Best Ways to Visit Hoover Dam

For more than 80 years, the engineering marvel that is Hoover Dam has stood in the Nevada desert as a symbol of American exceptionalism. More than a million visitors a year make a pilgrimage to the art deco masterpiece, but the dam is commonly overlooked as a sight-seeing option by Las Vegas tourists. We’re on a mission to change this! Check out these three fun and affordable ways to explore Hoover Dam.

Hoover Dam Express Tour
Created with the time-starved traveler in mind, the Hoover Dam Express Tour spends approximately two hours at the dam. Guests of major resorts on the Strip and Downtown can take advantage of complimentary pickup and drop off to and from the tour center. A luxury motor coach will take you on a round trip to Hoover Dam. Once there, you can visit the museum, take a tour of the dam, and pick up some souvenirs at the dam gift shop.

Neon Dream
This surprisingly affordable helicopter tour of Hoover Dam and the Las Vegas Strip at sunset really is a dream. This is another option that includes complimentary shuttle transportation, a big plus as most tourists prefer not to rent a car. The helicopter flight departs from the vendor’s plush Las Vegas Boulevard terminal just before dusk and heads straight to the dam. You’ll have unparalleled views of Hoover Dam and the almost equally impressive Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. By the time the sun begins to set, you’ll be flying above picturesque Downtown Las Vegas and the stunning mega-resorts of the Strip. The tour company, which boasts the highest safety rating of any aviation tourism business, also offers a DVD recording of your excursion.

Hoover Dam Hummer Tour
If you’re more of a boots-on-the-ground kind of traveler, a four-hour trip to Hoover Dam in a comfortable, air-conditioned Hummer might be just what you’re looking for. This small-group experience includes a tour of the generator room deep within the heart of the dam as well as access to the visitors center and dam museum. Two tours are offered per day. The morning tour departs at 7:40 a.m. and returns at 11:45 a.m. The afternoon tour departs at noon and returns at 4 p.m.

Contrary to popular belief, you can explore this American icon without spending a fortune or sacrificing an entire day of your Vegas vacation. Even renting a car and making the 40-minute drive out to Hoover Dam is a more viable option than people realize. You won’t regret the trip. Have you ever toured Hoover Dam? Share your experience with us on our Facebook page.

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