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Hoover Dam, Boulder City

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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 the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover. The Visitor's Center is located at 81 Hoover Dam Access Rd, Boulder City, AZ 89005. Phone: (702) 494-2517
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  • August 14, 2017
    We traveled from Virginia to see the Grand Canyon and the Hoover dam. I was not disappointed when I took the tour of the Hoover dam. Considering the tools of the time, The Hoover dam is an amazing str...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    If you are in the area you need to see this. It is still mind boggling how they accomplished this in the 30s and in the time they did. We took the Power Plant tour and the scale of those generators is...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Incredible piece of history paid for the carpark and hired a wheel chair very easy access lifts to take you down so you can walk along the dam. You can also park further up a walk along the bridge so ...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    Very cool place to visit! Have to go there sometime in your life. Would have given it 5 stars, but the tours were not available the one day I was there.
  • July 4, 2017
    A must see. Not only is the way this place constructed amazing, but it will remind you of how great the American worker is. You cannot help but walk away from a visit here without a total respect for the people who sacrificed there lives to get this done. The vistas are worth the trip alone.
  • June 20, 2017
    This is one of the most amazing man-made structures in the world. It's size and the nature of what it does will make an impact in you like nothing else. There is a lot of history on this dam, and if you are nearby it's a "must-visit" activity.
  • July 4, 2017
    Though the drive to the Dam is under construction, it was relatively easy to arrive, though the parking garage is limited, so arrive early. It is also a bit expensive to park at $10, but it is worth it not to walk. On the day I went, there were no tours into the Dam itself. The views are wondrous, and the gift shop and cafe are added bonuses. If you have trouble with heights, don't look over the edges!
  • June 21, 2017
    Our dam tour guide, Joe, was awesome. Very cool place. Been there several times. Highly recommend a day trip when visiting Las Vegas.

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Staying in one of downtown’s comfortable hotels keeps you close to the town’s stores, restaurants, and museums while on vacation. There are several theme hotels to choose from, reminiscent of Las Vegas’ glitz and playfulness. A motel located on the outskirts of town is often a cheaper option, and will usually provide convenient access to the highway if you are passing through. Many accommodations offer swimming pools, a great way to cool down after a day exploring in the Nevada heat.
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