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Hoover Dam, Boulder City

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Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover. The Visitor's Center is located at 81 Hoover Dam Access Rd, Boulder City, AZ 89005. Phone: (702) 494-2517
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  • I've always wanted to visit here and finally got the chance. We rented a car in Las Vegas and took the the amazing drive here and not only is it a really gorgeous drive but as soon as you arrive it is...  more »
  • I am so glad we decided to take the quick jaunt here from Vegas. What a spectacular place of American and Engineering history. Loved the tour and learning about how the dam was built. Great place to v...  more »
  • Took a day trip to the dam from Las Vegas and it was amazing. Google Maps said it was about an hour away but it really didn't feel that far at all, and probably took closer to 35-40 mins if that. I di...  more »
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  • If you have time, see the construction video, about 23 minutes, at the Hover Dam Museum, Boulder City Hotel, BC. You'll be amazed and appreciate the magnitude of effort that went into this project. Plenty to see at the dam for free. Park first for the bridge hike and spectacular view of the dam and story plaques. Wheelchair accessible. Next pay to park, $10, or cross the dam for free parking. Take in free recorded narrations at the dam center by the old ticket booths, in the shade, and by the statues. Also plenty of plaques to explain the history. Walk around. Lots to see like the spill ways. Plan on lunch at the Grill.. The food is prepared fresh, right in front of your eyes. If you wish, pay for the visitor center and Tour inside the dam, mainly the generators.
  • This place is super as a one day exploring. The dam is in the border of Nevada and Arizona so either side its difference of 1 hour of time zone that was fun. The view is also amazing. Parking is $10 at site. There you can visit the dam inside with addition of $35. Walking over the dam is free and can have look on both side Water and power plant.
  • Great visit. I recommend the complete tour package. Educational and fun. A bit of walking required. Tour allows you to see out of a ventilation shaft within the dam. Cool!
  • The whole place leaves you awestruck by the sheer magnitude of the accomplishment. During the height of the depression, the largest (at the time) man-made dam in the world was designed and built in the middle of a remote desert and still was over two years ahead of schedule. The engineering is fascinating, the art deco style is beautiful, and there is nothing that can.compare.to standing on the dam and looking out at the magnitude of it! A must see if you are in the area.
  • It is more than worth it to pay the $10 to access the visitor center. We wanted to take the tour, too, but they were not running the day we visited. Great views. Be sure to look for the fish...huge fish. You'll learn a lot in the visitors center. Super friendly staff.

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