Las Vegas Journals

Hoover Dam during Holidays

A December 2001 trip to Las Vegas by hwlrmnky

Quote: This was about my twentieth time to the Hoover Dam and my father's first. I used to live in Flagstaff, AZ, and I would cross the dam to get into Las Vegas. This time, we went from Vegas to the Hoover Dam, specifically to sight-see and take pictures.

Hoover Dam during Holidays

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Overview

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Driving from Las Vegas, the best thing to do is drive all the way across the state line of Arizona and then turn around and go back west into Nevada where the Visitors' Center is. This gives you a sense of the size of the dam and will allow you to see the views from both directions. If you are a history buff, you will enjoy the Center with its film and photographs and it is well worth paying the (under ) fee. However, if you prefer to remain outdoors in the fresh air, don't feel guilty--enjoy! The Hoover Dam is extremely pedestrian-friendly and there are photo opportunities as well as historical monuments to enjoy without entering the Visitors' Center. A funny and unexpected highlight of our visit was...Read More
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A "visit" to the Hoover Dam can be as brief as the fifteen minutes it takes to drive across or it can take all day if you take full advantage of the Vistors' Center and shop at the gift shop. We spent an hour driving the 35 miles from Las Vegas, 2 1/2 hours taking pictures and exploring the Visitor's Center, and thirty minutes driving back this last time.

Be aware that the heightened security against terrorist attacks--in the form of vehicle checkpoints--has added some time to the drive onto the dam.

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I ride a Pride Sundancer personal mobility scooter and I am very glad to be able to report that a visit to Hoover Dam is a true pleasure for the special-needs traveler. I had been to the dam many times pre-scooter, but this last trip, 12/27/01, was my first time with wheels. If you park in the parking garage or in one of the outdoor lots within a quarter-mile of the dam, you can ride away from your car or van and onto the walkways very easily. The elevator down to the Visitors' Center entrance is easy to find, clearly marked and near the parking garage; it is also large enough to wheel in and out of easily and hold a some family members at the same time. It's even large enough to hold two wheelchairs ...Read More