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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 various lookout points and stop to take photos at the most picturesque spots, guaranteed.  At the end of your activity, you’ll head back to Las Vegas, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel or your preferred location on the Las Vegas Strip.

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

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

Join this fully guided tour and experience the Walk On The Top tour, the Nevada Power Plant Tour, the Boulder Dam Museum, lunch at the Omelet House right on the outskirts of Las Vegas, and a visit to the Hoover Dam bypass bridge. Enjoy a fully guided walk over Hoover Dam and learn about the concrete, high scalers, depression, earthquakes, cableways, spillways, intake towers, outlet works, drought, wages, and tragic deaths. Once you leave Boulder City, head 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. All this and you'll be back in Las Vegas in the early afternoon.

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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 photos of one of the world’s greatest engineering feats. If you choose the full-day option, you’ll enjoy a buffet lunch before heading to the Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden. See the production line to discover how these chocolates are produced. Then, stroll through the gardens and admire over 300 species of cactuses. At the end of your guided tour, enjoy the Nevada scenery on the way back. You’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in Las Vegas.

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From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Highlights Tour

4. 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.

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

5. 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 that stretched from this point across the Canyon.

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From Las Vegas: Grand Canyon West Rim Airplane Tour

6. 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 commentary in 1 of 16 languages. Enjoy the views on the way back to Boulder Terminal and be dropped off back to your hotel in Las Vegas, where your tour will end. You can request a commemorative flight certificate, and personalized photos are available to purchase.

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

7. 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. Fly to the Arizona Strip, just miles from the Northern Rim for breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. Head off on an ATV or Polaris Ranger along a 4x4 trail through Whitmore Canyon and Lake Mead Recreation Area to the rim of the Grand Canyon. Take in the panoramic views at 3,000 feet above the Colorado River. Admire the unusual collection of desert vegetation and animal life. Back at Bar 10 Ranch, relax and enjoy an authentic Dutch oven barbecue lunch. Then, fly to and from Bar 10 Ranch aboard an aircraft specifically designed for “flightseeing,” and soak in the views over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and the mighty Colorado River. Benefit from the high wings and large windows which offer the best views along with a comfortable climate-controlled cabin. After, stop in the gift shop to purchase photos or simply browse the souvenirs.

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Las Vegas: Private Hoover Dam Tour

8. Las Vegas: Private Hoover Dam Tour

Take a guided tour of the Hoover Dam with this day tour from Las Vegas. Explore the most-visited dam in the world on this fun sightseeing tour with a professional guide. Be picked up from Las Vegas and relax as you are driven to historic Boulder City. Stop for the chance to see some Bighorn sheep grazing at Hemenway Park. Next, journey high above the Colorado River to get a bird's-eye view of the Hoover Dam from the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Snap some pictures, while learning how the dam works and how it was built. Marvel at panoramic views of Lake Mead (the man-made lake formed by the dam) from Lake Mead Overlook. Return to your hotel in Las Vegas.

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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, passes through the Moapa River Indian Reservation. Although petroglyphs are found throughout the entire park, Mouse's Tank and Atlatl Rock are 2 areas in particular where they are relatively easily accessible. Valley of Fire has provided the setting for numerous films and television shows as well as many car commercials, including the 1966 film, The Professionals with Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin and Claudia Cardinale; the 1984-1987 CBS TV show, Airwolf starring Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine; the 1987 science fiction cult film, Cherry 2000 starring Melanie Griffith and David Andrews; the 1990 American science fiction action film, Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the 1994 American science fiction film, Star Trek Generations; Criss Angel's show, Criss Angel Mindfreak; the 2005 American action film, Domino starring Keira Knightley; the 2007 American science fiction action film, Transformers: Need for Speed: The Run, a car racing video game; and Lana Del Rey's Ride music video. This is truly a special place, and the filmmakers know it. Come and see it for yourself!

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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 Oatman, Arizona. There are 150 residents of this small outpost, and 1 poltergeist. Keep your eyes peeled! His name is "Oatie the Ghost" and is believed to be the spirit of William Ray Flour, an Irish miner. There's plenty of natural beauty around to enthrall you. The Black Mountains surround this town and make for some stunning photographs. Maybe catch a cowboy shootout at the local saloon! Before heading home we'll stop for a drink at the local saloon, and then head through the Mojave Desert via the old Gold Ruch town of El Dorado Canyon before returning to the glitz and glamor of Las Vegas.

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What people are saying about Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 159 reviews

I knew nothing about the dam prior to the tour but after seeing it and watching to the video on the return I am so happy we went and now know so much about it! Amazing site! Prices car the cafe were high but along with everything else in Vegas!

Excellent half day tour! Debbie from Pink Adventure Tours was awesome and knowledgeable from start to finish. We had a great experience and learnt so much about the history and operations of the Hoover Dam… 10/10 :-)

The tour was good and the driver was very informative. Just wished it was a bit warmer. Also description of tour did not state that there were so many steps to climb. Even the ramp up was quite long to reach the top.

Well managed tour, a must visit a place, transport timing was on dot, guide was so experienced

The driver was very informative. He is well experienced. My crew enjoyed every bit of it.