Visiting the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas is a great day trip. Like most people, I’ve only ever seen the Hoover Dam in movies, so I was eager to take the day away from sin city and embark on this excursion!
The drive out is wonderful. Lake Mead is so very pretty!
So the Hoover Dam.
It was actually much smaller in person than I thought it was going to be. Date hate me, but… I was a little underwhelmed.
Most visitors only see the back of the Hoover Dam because that’s where the tour buses stop. It’s crazy how many people think it’s the front though. There’s no good place to park in the front for a “stop,” so the confusion is totally understandable. To make seeing the front even more difficult, when driving across the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, you can’t see over the concrete sides, so most don’t even know what’s below! Nevertheless, and the point of this is, be sure to see the front of the Hoover Dam (pictured below). I still thought it was underwhelming (I know, I know), but maybe you’ll think differently.
This view (below), although a very convenient and easy to get to, is the back of the Hoover Dam.
The history, and details, especially about the overflow vents, is fascinating, and the fact that the Hoover Damn is located in two different time zones is crazy!