Visiting the Hoover Dam

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While visiting Las Vegas, my husband and I decided to extend our trip to include the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon and Sedona.   After seeing many documentaries and pictures of both the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, I was curious to see if these two sites lived up to all to hype. We were not disappointed! The sheer scale of both of these places can truly only be appreciated in person. Pictures do not do them justice.

The Hoover Dam

Depending on traffic the Hoover Dam is less than an hour away from Las Vegas. Hearing that Las Vegas rush hour can seriously affect travel time to the Dam, we decided to visit the dam on a Saturday morning. We encountered no traffic problems and reached the dam in under 50 minutes.   I recommend arriving at the dam early because the line to purchase tickets can get really long and tickets can sell out. We arrived at 9:30 and were able to purchase tickets for an 11:00 dam tour.   The dam offers two tours: the power plant tour and the dam tour. We opted to take the longer and more expensive dam tour and I am so glad that we did! The power plant tour is really quick and only shows you the power plant room where the giant turbines are housed. The picture featured below is really all that you see.

Power Plant Tour | Watch Carmen StyleThe dam tour includes the power plant room and tunnels inside the dam itself. I feel that the longer dam tour gives you a better appreciation for the sheer scale and scope of the dam.  Below is a picture of some of the tunnels within the dam.

Visiting the Hoover Dam | Watch Carmen StyleThe museum and visitor center are also really nice. Everyone must watch a 10 minute documentary about the Hoover Dam which does an excellent job at explaining the overall construction and purpose of the dam. After watching the movie you can then tour the museum or start your tour of the dam. The museum has an excellent observation deck that allows you to take great photographs of the outside of the dam. It also helped me to appreciate the enormous amount of water that the dam holds back.

Visiting Hoover Dam | Watch Carmen StyleThe visitor center has a nice cafe that offers a nice selection of food and refreshments. It is rather expensive, but the only other option for food is nearby Boulder City. If you are interested in visiting the Hoover Dam then click here to reach the official website.  Check in next week to read about the continuation of our journey to the Grand Canyon.

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