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The Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark in the US that attracts nearly a million visitors every year. Built between 1931-36, it’s still an impressive feat of civil engineering to this day. There are a few options for visiting, and it’s an easy day trip from the popular city of Las Vegas.
“A 45-minute drive from Las Vegas will bring you to one of America’s most iconic landmarks – the Hoover Dam. It was built in just five years between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression. There are a few options if you want to take a tour. First, you’ll watch a short film. An elevator ride brings you down 530 feet.
When you arrive, you’ll begin a one-hour guided tour of the Hoover Dam power plant. Along the way, your guide will teach you all about the Hoover Dam, how it was built, and how it works. You also get to see eight of the seventeen generators from a viewing platform. Be sure to look down to see the intricate floor designs!
Back up top, you can visit the Exhibit Gallery. There are several audio, visual and interactive exhibits here that will teach you a lot more about the Hoover Dam.
Finally, head out to the observation deck. Here you can enjoy incredible panoramic views of the dam and the Colorado River. You’ll also see the impressive bridge that was built in 2010. Across the street, check out the Winged Figures of the Republic statues and the Nevada Intake Towers. Snap a few more photos and hop back in the car. This is one day trip out of Las Vegas that you don’t want to miss!”