Hoover Dam tours are a great way to explore this impressive feat just a half hour away from the neon lights of Las Vegas. Whether you book a tour with a professional guide, take a helicopter tour, or you show up on your own, a visit to the Hoover Dam is an excellent addition to any Las Vegas itinerary.
Many tour companies begin their tours right at their Las Vegas hotels—when transportation is included in the package, you don't need to worry about any of the driving. As you step onto the van or minibus, a professional driver will navigate the Las Vegas traffic. You can sit back and relax while the guide begins telling you about Hoover Dam history. If you wanted to make the drive yourself, it doesn't take too long to get to the dam that's right on the border of Las Vegas and Arizona. Many hotels also can help you find helicopter tours out to the dam, or include a look at the dam with Grand Canyon tours, but while this view is impressive, you don’t get to see the inner workings.
Once you arrive, you have several choices for Hoover Dam tours. It makes the most sense to start in the Visitor Center—a three-story glass structure just waiting to be discovered. On the first level, you can watch a movie explaining how the tallest of the Las Vegas attractions was built and how it contributed to the growth of the West. The second level is packed with exhibits, while the third level is home to an observation deck.
The visitor center is just the beginning of Hoover Dam tours. One upgrade allows access to the dam's Powerplant, the place that provides juice to much of the region. You can do more than look at the equipment. The experience includes multimedia presentations and guided tours led by Bureau of Reclamation guides, who know the inner workings of the Hoover Dam better than anybody. A ticket to the Powerplant also gives you admission to the Visitor Center.
The third option lets you really see the Hoover Dam up close with a guided tour. This package includes admission to the Visitor Center and Powerplant along with a guide tour of the dam and the some of the underground passageways. This option includes about a mile of walking, so you should make sure to wear comfortable shoes.