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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.

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

    2. 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: Hoover Dam Half-Day Trip in Small Group

    3. 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!

  • From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Tour

    4. 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: VIP Small-Group Hoover Dam Excursion

    5. From Las Vegas: VIP Small-Group Hoover Dam Excursion

    Located in Black Canyon on the Colorado River, Hoover Dam is an outstanding achievement, noteworthy not only for its enormous dimensions, complex design, and intricate construction, but also for its illustration of man's outstanding ability to overcome the desert's summer sun, the vagaries of a treacherous river, and the extreme hazards of great heights on the chasm's sheer walls. You'll stop at the eastern edge of the chasm in Arizona, which provides fabulous views of the dam and Lake Mead, the world's largest man-made lake. In addition, there are fabulous photo ops of the new Hoover Dam Bridge. Before returning to Las Vegas, you'll stop at a local park, where herds of bighorn sheep often come down from the surrounding mountains to gather and graze on the sweet grass.

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What people are saying about Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Overall rating

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based on 95 reviews

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!

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.

Our tour guide was incredible! Would recommend this tour to anyone