I took part in a flight excursion from Las Vegas without landing at Hoover Dam.
The Dam was built on the time of the big economic crisis, in 1930, but it is still a milestone in the story of the architecture. The dam surpassed all engineering records when the consruction works finished in 1935. This was the so far highest dam, the most expensive and largest hydroelectric plant of all time.
Astonishing, but it was finished with two and a half years earlier and from less money, than planned. With the help of the Hoover dam became peopled the southwestern part of America, since was current and water supply already.
In several parts of Nevada, Arizona and South California even today this 221 metres high huge construction towering above the black canyon of the Colorado River insures the current and the water.
The busiest season for visitors is in the summer from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
Powerplant Tour Admission Fees: U$11.00, Seniors (62+) U$9.00, Juniors (ages 4-16) U$9.00. Tickets sold until 4:15 p.m.
Tours: Summer: first tour at 9:15am; last tour at 5:15pm. Winter: first tour at 9:15am; last tour at 4:15pm
Directions: 50 km southeast of Las Vegas, follow US 93 (runs across the top of the dam)
Parking near Visitor Center: U$7.00 - cash-only!
Visitor Center: is open 9:00am to 5:00pm every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
Didn't really plan to visit this dam, we were on our way back from the Grand Canyon when seeing this interesting place. So, we decided to stop and take a look.
Located between the Arizona and Nevada states, Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.
The story behind the building of this Hoover Dam is interesting to read. So, I suggest that you check the official website. Perhaps you pass this area someday and you have the opportunity to see it yourself.
Seeing the canyon from above is a spectecular vision. I flew to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas on a light plane. The flight takes you along the Colorado river with unique views of the Hoover Dam, lake Mead and the canyon.
It is the greatest engineering projects ever accomplished. The dam prevents flooding of the Colorado River and provides water and megawatts of electricity for Las Vegas. The hydroelectric plant helps light up parts of Arizona, Nevada and southern California.
Located: 35 miles southeast of Las Vegas on highway 93.
THE HOOVER DAM. You can fly over it or join a 1/2 day tour from Vegas for around US$35. If you're on the day tour you get explore the dam from the inside.
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