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  • Las Vegas: Small Group 3-Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour

    1. Las Vegas: Small Group 3-Hour Hoover Dam Mini Tour

    Enjoy a compact guided tour of the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas, and take the chance to see this man-made wonder up close. Admire views of the dam and Lake Mead — America’s largest reservoir. Benefit from pickup and drop-off at selected hotels.

    Get picked up in Las Vegas and relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 40-minute drive to the Hoover Dam. Arrive at the dam and cross the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, where your guide will park. 

    Head up to the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Walkway on foot and take in the spectacular bird’s-eye view over the dam and the nearby Colorado River. Stop at Hemenway Park, where you’ll notice some desert bighorn sheep often hang out.

    Continue onto the Lake Mead Lookout for panoramic views of the man-made aquatic wonder. After this, drive across the dam to va...

    Leisurely tour with a few stops to get out & take pics. Guide provided a few nuggets of information, related to the sites & facts about Vegas.

  • Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Walk-on-the-Top Tour with Lunch

    2. Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Walk-on-the-Top Tour with Lunch

    The "Best of the Best" in Hoover Dam Tours! Fully guided walk over Hoover Dam and Power Plant generator tour, Boulder City plus the Boulder Dam Museum, with a stop at the Hoover Dam bypass bridge to get a unique look at the front side of the dam. Once we leave Boulder City we will be heading for lunch at the Omelet House on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Stop at the Las Vegas welcome sign and take some photos of the landmark, without having to wait in line. First Class all the Way This is the "Best of the Best" Hoover Dam 2:30 Express Tour! One of the very few fully guided Hoover Dam tours left in Las Vegas. This tour is everything you could want in a tour of the Dam, it includes: our signature Walk On The Top tour, the Nevada Power Plant Tour, the Boulder Dam Museum, lunch at the 

    This tour is just perfect. Your tour bus picks up close to your hotel and drops you off back there. The lunch included is amazing, the tour is very informative and beautiful!!! Harrison was our tour guide and he was very funny, knowledgable and caring.

  • From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Express Shuttle or Deluxe Tour

    3. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Express Shuttle or Deluxe Tour

    Escape the city for a while with a guided visit to the Hoover Dam on a day trip from Las Vegas. Take a guided tour in a shared group, and benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Las Vegas. Select the full-day option to enjoy a buffet lunch, and visit the Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden. Get picked up at your hotel and drive to the Hoover Dam, 1 of the 7 man-made Wonders of the World. Travel by air-conditioned bus with deliberately large windows, so you won't miss a thing as you cruise by. As you pass Boulder City, admire the magnificent view of Lake Mead, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes. Learn all about the dam’s history from your expert guide’s commentary. See the giant intake towers that bring water inside the dam to generate power for millions of people. Soak up the views from on top of this unforgettable slice of US history and make sure to snap some phot...

    Comfortable ride, awesome driver. Hoover Dam was spectacular. Would recommend this tour to anyone.

  • From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

    4. From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

    Get ready for a bird’s-eye view of one of the country’s most memorable natural wonders on this scenic airplane tour over the Grand Canyon. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Las Vegas and admire the canyon’s West Rim from above.

    Get picked up from your hotel in Las Vegas and head on down to Boulder Terminal for your check-in. Board the air-conditioned passenger aircraft, and prepare for take-off.

    Fly towards the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, passing over Lake Mead — the largest man-made lake in the US — and the Hoover Dam. Soar above the Colorado River and soak in the scenery as you cross into Arizona.

    Arrive at the Grand Canyon — a stunning natural phenomenon. Gaze out of the plane's large windows for panoramic views of the swirling colors and rock formations as you benefit from expert comme...

    Beautiful views Cece was a great pilot. I didn't get a good view Of Hoover damn because I was on the wrong side of the plane wish she would have gone by it on the way home. We had 4 people 1 of them didn't have a sound device in working condition. The red plain that looks way weird and nicer is not the one they put us on.

  • Las Vegas: Grand Canyon North Tour w/Polaris Ranger or ATV

    5. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon North Tour w/Polaris Ranger or ATV

    Avoid the busy national park crowds, and experience rare sights in the heart of the Grand Canyon at Bar 10 Ranch. This exclusive tour will fly you to the Arizona Strip, just miles from the virtually unexplored Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon, and provide an unmatched Grand Canyon National Park experience from a splendid vantage point. Visitors will head off the beaten path on an ATV or Polaris Ranger as they travel along a 4x4 trail through Whitmore Canyon and Lake Mead Recreation Area to the rim of the Grand Canyon. At 3,000 feet (880 meters) above the Colorado River, the sheer drop from the rim at this part of the canyon will offer you spectacularly rare views. Take time to explore the unusual collection of desert vegetation and animal life. Back at Bar 10 Ranch, relax, enjoy the hospitality and a authentic Dutch oven barbecue lunch. Passengers will fly to and from Bar 10 Ranch aboar...

    It was more than I expected!!! Our guide, Tanner, was so friendly and fun. The food was the great. Would love to do a longer stay sometime! The bus picked us up at the exact time we were told. We really enjoyed the plane ride and the views we saw were spectacular!

  • From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Highlights Tour

    6. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Highlights Tour

    Experience the top highlights of Hoover Dam on a half-day tour that is perfect for those who want to enjoy views overlooking Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the historic Boulder City. Depart from the Las Vegas Strip aboard a luxury motorcoach for a quick ride to Boulder City, home of the workers who built the Hoover Dam. The stop at this charming town includes a free visit to the Hoover Dam Museum, cafes, antique shops and a unique art walk featuring beautiful, bronze statues. Get stunning views of this "Man-Made Wonder of the World" from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which gives an aerial view from 900 feet above the Colorado River and Black Canyon.   Have a photo stop at the highest overlook on the Arizona side of the Hoover Dam and visit the Lake Mead Visitor’s Center.

    Pasquale was the BEST GUIDE EVER!!! The tour was worth the money and I think we got more than enough without being able to actually tour the dam facilities itself due to COVID restrictions. I would definitely recommend to all first-time Dam visitors!!!!

  • From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Half-Day Trip in Small Group

    7. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Half-Day Trip in Small Group

    Travel in style and comfort to the most popular sightseeing attraction in Nevada. The Hoover Dam is a feat of modern engineering and is one of the Seven Man Made Wonders of the Modern World. Your professional guide will personally escort you throughout your tour to help you make the most of your Hoover Dam experience. Several areas of interest along the way include the historic city of Boulder, originally a Federal town built to house the workers building Hoover Dam, and the beautiful Lake Mead – the largest man made body of water in the western hemisphere – and dramatic views of the Colorado River. At the dam you’ll see a live presentation on the Dam’s construction and history, and walk through the exhibition galleries and picturesque observation deck. Finally, venture down to the power plant to view the massive generators. The Hoover Dam Discovery Tour offers ample time for thorough...

    Catherine was our guide and she was wonderful! Picked us up at our hotel at 7:45 promptly and we were back about 12:15. Very informative tour. Stopped in Boulder City and at Hoover Dam. Can not say enough positive things about this tour. Highly recommend!

  • Grand Canyon West by Helicopter: Full-Day from Las Vegas

    8. Grand Canyon West by Helicopter: Full-Day from Las Vegas

    Your excursion to the Grand Canyon begins with a thrilling helicopter flight taking you over Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, Fortification Hill and Temple Rock. You’ll fly through the majestic Canyon on the way to Grand Canyon West, our primary destination. Once we land you’ll have about 3 hours to explore Grand Canyon West, taking in the various overlooks. Visit Eagle Point, where you’ll see the Skywalk, an amazing feat of engineering. The Skywalk’s glass walking surface is suspended 3,500 feet above the Grand Canyon’s floor and extends a full 70 feet from the rim’s edge. From there go to a Native American village, where you’ll see the authentic dwellings of the Hualapai tribe. The next stops will be at Guano Point and “Highpoint Hike”, where you’ll have time to take photos of the breathtaking views of the Canyon and the Colorado River. You’ll also see remnants of the historic mining tram ...

    This is a best company in the area. The ride was unforgettable. Everyone who’s working over there so nice and friendly. Our pilot, Tim was amazing. We definitely do again when we are gonna be in Las Vegas.

  • From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Tour

    9. From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Tour

    Experience the incredible Valley of Fire, once the spiritual center of a great American civilization. The rock formations and Indian art will amaze you as you discover the ancient art and artifacts on a 7-hour tour. Valley of Fire State Park, covering nearly 42,000 acres, is the oldest and largest state park in Nevada, and was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968. Its name is derived from the red sandstone formations, created by the great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park's attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays. Located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, at an elevation of between 2,000 and 2,600 feet, the valley abuts the Lake Mead National Recreation Area at the Virgin River confluence. The park entry on Valley of Fire Highway, designated as a Nevada Scenic Byway, pas...

    Pick up was prompt at my hotel. Trip was as described. It was very hot so the last few stops were tiring

  • From Las Vegas: Ghost Town Wild West Adventures Day Trip

    10. From Las Vegas: Ghost Town Wild West Adventures Day Trip

    Discover the Wild West and ghost towns that dot the desert landscape. Choose from a shared or private day-trip departing from Las Vegas and uncover the mysteries of these ghost towns. Your guide picks you up and you head straight out into the desert. First, you'll stop at the Hoover Dam—that exquisite masterpiece of engineering. This enormous dam holds back the mighty Colorado River, and provides power for a huge portion of Las Vegas' bright lights, as well as residents in 4 states. We soon leave modernity behind, and head into the old mining town of Chloride, Arizona. Here you can see a still functioning "ghost town" that has been operating since the 1860s. The 250 residents who call these streets home are very proud of their history, and are happy to chat with you before you enjoy your deli style lunch. After filling your belly, we drive the iconic Route 66 to a small Ghost Town in ...

    All three towns were interesting in their own way. The guide knew the history and geography of the area and told it well.

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Catherine was our guide and she was wonderful! Picked us up at our hotel at 7:45 promptly and we were back about 12:15. Very informative tour. Stopped in Boulder City and at Hoover Dam. Can not say enough positive things about this tour. Highly recommend!

This is a best company in the area. The ride was unforgettable. Everyone who’s working over there so nice and friendly. Our pilot, Tim was amazing. We definitely do again when we are gonna be in Las Vegas.

Chris was the best tour guide ever!!! He covered a ton of information and told us lots of info we didn't know. He was very nice to the guests and stressed the importance of drinking water.What a doll!

Our guide Chris was awesome. He made us all feel welcome! Super knowledgeable and you could tell he really enjoyed telling all about the area! Would highly recommend this mini tour!

Comfortable ride, awesome driver. Hoover Dam was spectacular. Would recommend this tour to anyone.