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“One for the boys!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam Access Road, Boulder City, NV 89109
702-293-8321
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 Arizona and Nevada. Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, and is located near Boulder City, Nevada. Paid parking, visitor center and guided tours.
Essex, UK
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“One for the boys!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Twice I have been to Hoover Dam, and found it so boring - yet the men in the family are amazed by the size and workings of the dam. Do not be conned into paying $7 for parking. If you drive over the dam, there is free parking, with no time limit.

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“Amazing structure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Whilst in Vegas we decided to tour the Hoover Dam. Took the Sweettours Bus trip to the Dam which from Treasure Island Hotel took about 45 mins. Driver gave a guided tour on the way but her microphone must have been set on 1 as we couldn't hear anything she said. The Dam itself is truly amazing. You get to see a 10min video on it's history/construction before being taken down into the depth of the Dam where you are given a guided tour. Tour itself takes about an hour the rest of your time there, about another hour, is yours for taking photos etc. Well worth a visit.

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“It's not that simple...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Visually stunning and not to be missed if you're in the area! We took the shorter of the two tours, which began with a good movie about construction. Easy walking along the tour route, easier actually than the walk down from the parking lot. The dam was built to control water levels downstream and is still managed for the benefit of downstream users, yet the tour and the displays that follow are all about power generation, with scarcely a mention of water management and an interactive display that's just plain misleading as a result. When we were there, just two of the eight(?) generators were running, and our guide said there was not enough power demand to run the rest! I don't think so.

Visited January 2013
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“Very Informational.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Hoover Dam is about 45 minute drive from the strip, which was the only negative about going there. But it was nice to see more of the landscape on the way there. Hoover Dam itself is very impressive, worth visiting. The tour of Hoover Dam was alright, it wasn't very long which was nice so you have plenty of time to look around at the displays and the Dam itself. I really enjoyed it and very glad I visited this landmark!

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“Iconic Landmark”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Wow! What an engineering feat! The drive to the dam, only a half hour from the strip, is well worth it. The drive itself takes you through quaint Boulder City. The Dam is a marvel.

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