Visiting the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas is a FABULOUS day trip, and I highly recommend everyone see this famous point in person at least once in their life. Like most people, I’ve only ever seen the Hoover Dam in movies, so I was eager to take this excursion from sin city!
Even the drive there is wonderful. Seeing Lake Mead from ground level (vs the plane), is so very pretty!
So the Hoover Dam. It was actually a lot smaller in person. I was expecting it to be MORE than it was, and honestly, I was a little underwhelmed.
It’s strange, because most visitors only see the back side of the Hoover Dam, especially if they aren’t doing a tour. It’s crazy how many people think it’s the front, but it’s not. However, there’s no real place to park in the front of the dam for a “stop,” so the confusion is totally understandable. To make seeing the front of the Hoover Dam even more difficult, when driving across the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (which is that super tall and large bridge you can’t miss), you can’t see over the concrete sides, so most people don’t even know what’s below. Nevertheless, and the point to this is, be sure to see the front of the dam (pictured below). You may have to go out of your way, but do it. I still thought it was underwhelming (go ahead and flame me), but it’s the truth. It was much smaller (like most things), when compared to what’s on TV and in movies, but maybe you’ll think differently.
And this (below), although a very convenient and easy to get to view, is the backside of the Hoover Dam.
The history of the structure and its overflow vents are seriously beyond fascinating. The fact that it’s located in two different time zones is super amazing. But the look and size of the dam itself is… eh. I’m sorry! I just remember Chevy Chase hanging from it and thought it was HUGE, and it’s really not all THAT big.