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    Hoover Dam Parking Lot and Visitor Center 2

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2011
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    Part two of my hoover dam visitor center tips with more pictures around the visitor center.

    The Vistors Center:

    OPERATING HOURS:

    Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m.,

    Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $8.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $15.00, Seniors (62+) $12.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $8.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $12.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

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    Hoover Dam Parking Lot and Visitor Center 1

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2011
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    This hoover dam tips will be more pictures in and around the Hoover Dam Parking lot and the Visitors Center.

    The Vistors Center:

    OPERATING HOURS:

    Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m.,

    Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $8.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $15.00, Seniors (62+) $12.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $8.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $12.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

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    Hoover Dam: Arizona Vista Point

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2011
    O Callaghan-Tillman Bridge visible at upper left
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    This will be a hoover dam multi tips with more pictures of around the Hoover Dam Bypass Vista Point, this time at the Arizona side just after the hoover dam.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

    Hoover Dam was without precedent, the greatest dam constructed in its day. An arch-gravity structure rising 726 feet above bedrock, Hoover is still the Western Hemisphere's highest concrete dam. It is 660 feet thick at its base, 45 feet thick at its crest, and stretches 1,244 feet across the Black Canyon. There are 4.4 million cubic yards of concrete in the dam, power plant and related structures. Hoover Dam pioneered the Bureau of Reclamation's efforts in multiple-purpose water resources development. The dam controls floods while it stores water for irrigation, municipal, and industrial uses. The dam also provides hydroelectric power generation, recreation and fish and wildlife habitat. Lake Mead is the reservoir created behind the dam, named after Elwood Mead, who oversaw the construction of the dam. Hoover Dam serves as a crossing for U.S. Route 93 but more than that, It is an attraction in it's own right.

    OPERATING HOURS:Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m., Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $7.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $11.00, Seniors (62+) $9.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $6.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $9.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

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    Mike O Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge 3

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2011
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    Final Part of my Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge tips with the wonderful views of the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge from the Hoover Dam area.

    the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, which was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010. It was intended to be a bypass bridge to lessen the bottleneck at Hoover Dam going to Arizona via US Route 93 since the hoover dam has only has 2 lanes. The Bridge is an all weather, multi-lane archway type of bridge, spanning 890 feet high / 271 meters high1,060 foot span / 323 meter length. It is the second highest bridge in the United States. The bridge was officially named the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tilman Memorial bridge in 2004. Mike O’Callaghan was a former Nevada Governor from 1971 to 1979 and later became an editor of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. Pat Tillman was an Arizona State University graduate who left a lucrative NFL football career to join the Army in 2002. He was killed in Afghanistan from a friendly fire incident in April of 2004 at the age of 27. The bridge also has good vista points on viewing the Hoover dam from the pedestrian walkway in it but you would walk a long way up to a hill to be able to view it.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

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    Mike O Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge 2

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2011
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    Part two of my Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge tips with the wonderful views of Hoover Dam from the Pedestrian Walkaway of the Bridge.

    the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, which was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010. It was intended to be a bypass bridge to lessen the bottleneck at Hoover Dam going to Arizona via US Route 93 since the hoover dam has only has 2 lanes. The Bridge is an all weather, multi-lane archway type of bridge, spanning 890 feet high / 271 meters high1,060 foot span / 323 meter length. It is the second highest bridge in the United States. The bridge was officially named the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tilman Memorial bridge in 2004. Mike O’Callaghan was a former Nevada Governor from 1971 to 1979 and later became an editor of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. Pat Tillman was an Arizona State University graduate who left a lucrative NFL football career to join the Army in 2002. He was killed in Afghanistan from a friendly fire incident in April of 2004 at the age of 27. The bridge also has good vista points on viewing the Hoover dam from the pedestrian walkway in it but you would walk a long way up to a hill to be able to view it.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

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    Mike O Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge 1

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 4, 2011
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    This this multi tips would be on the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, which was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010. It was intended to be a bypass bridge to lessen the bottleneck at Hoover Dam going to Arizona via US Route 93 since the hoover dam has only has 2 lanes. The Bridge is an all weather, multi-lane archway type of bridge, spanning 890 feet high / 271 meters high1,060 foot span / 323 meter length. It is the second highest bridge in the United States. The bridge was officially named the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tilman Memorial bridge in 2004. Mike O’Callaghan was a former Nevada Governor from 1971 to 1979 and later became an editor of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. Pat Tillman was an Arizona State University graduate who left a lucrative NFL football career to join the Army in 2002. He was killed in Afghanistan from a friendly fire incident in April of 2004 at the age of 27. The bridge also has good vista points on viewing the Hoover dam from the pedestrian walkway in it but you would walk a long way up to a hill to be able to view it.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

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    Hoover Dam revisit 2011 (to the new vista point 2)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2011
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    This will be a hoover dam multi tips with more pictures of around the Hoover Dam Bypass Vista Point, that leads to the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, which was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

    Hoover Dam was without precedent, the greatest dam constructed in its day. An arch-gravity structure rising 726 feet above bedrock, Hoover is still the Western Hemisphere's highest concrete dam. It is 660 feet thick at its base, 45 feet thick at its crest, and stretches 1,244 feet across the Black Canyon. There are 4.4 million cubic yards of concrete in the dam, power plant and related structures. Hoover Dam pioneered the Bureau of Reclamation's efforts in multiple-purpose water resources development. The dam controls floods while it stores water for irrigation, municipal, and industrial uses. The dam also provides hydroelectric power generation, recreation and fish and wildlife habitat. Lake Mead is the reservoir created behind the dam, named after Elwood Mead, who oversaw the construction of the dam. Hoover Dam serves as a crossing for U.S. Route 93 but more than that, It is an attraction in it's own right.

    OPERATING HOURS:Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m., Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $7.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $11.00, Seniors (62+) $9.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $6.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $9.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

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    Hoover Dam revisit 2011 (to the new vista point)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 4, 2011
    to the new hoover dam vista point
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    This will be a hoover dam multi tips with more pictures of around the Hoover Dam, this time with a new vista point that leads to the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, which was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

    Hoover Dam was without precedent, the greatest dam constructed in its day. An arch-gravity structure rising 726 feet above bedrock, Hoover is still the Western Hemisphere's highest concrete dam. It is 660 feet thick at its base, 45 feet thick at its crest, and stretches 1,244 feet across the Black Canyon. There are 4.4 million cubic yards of concrete in the dam, power plant and related structures. Hoover Dam pioneered the Bureau of Reclamation's efforts in multiple-purpose water resources development. The dam controls floods while it stores water for irrigation, municipal, and industrial uses. The dam also provides hydroelectric power generation, recreation and fish and wildlife habitat. Lake Mead is the reservoir created behind the dam, named after Elwood Mead, who oversaw the construction of the dam. Hoover Dam serves as a crossing for U.S. Route 93 but more than that, It is an attraction in it's own right.

    OPERATING HOURS:Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m., Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $7.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $11.00, Seniors (62+) $9.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $6.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $9.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

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    Hoover Dam Pre O'Callaghan-Tillman Bridge

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 4, 2011

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    the O'Callaghan-Tillman Bridge not yet finished
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    This will be a hoover dam multi tips with more pictures of around the Hoover dam circa 2005 and my revisit in 2011 and this is the first, with the backbround without the still not started Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, which was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

    Hoover Dam was without precedent, the greatest dam constructed in its day. An arch-gravity structure rising 726 feet above bedrock, Hoover is still the Western Hemisphere's highest concrete dam. It is 660 feet thick at its base, 45 feet thick at its crest, and stretches 1,244 feet across the Black Canyon. There are 4.4 million cubic yards of concrete in the dam, power plant and related structures. Hoover Dam pioneered the Bureau of Reclamation's efforts in multiple-purpose water resources development. The dam controls floods while it stores water for irrigation, municipal, and industrial uses. The dam also provides hydroelectric power generation, recreation and fish and wildlife habitat. Lake Mead is the reservoir created behind the dam, named after Elwood Mead, who oversaw the construction of the dam. Hoover Dam serves as a crossing for U.S. Route 93 but more than that, It is an attraction in it's own right.

    OPERATING HOURS:Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m., Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $7.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $11.00, Seniors (62+) $9.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $6.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $9.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

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  • Was excited to see the new bridge and Hoover dam

    by Bwill1989 Written Jun 29, 2011

    I came all the way over from Indiana, and one of the highlights was to see t=
    he new bridge and Hoover dam. I was sadly disappointed to find the walls wer=
    e so high on the new bridge I couldn't see hoover dam to the right or the Co=
    lorado river to the left. There was no safe place to park on the bridge to t=
    ake pictures. I think whoever made the decision of the design of the bridge,=
    made a poor choice. But I took a picture of the huge wall, and I'm telling p=
    eople Hoover dam is on the other side. Thanks you.
            Brittany Williams

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  • Was excited to see the new bridge and Hoover dam

    by Bwill1989 Written Jun 29, 2011

    I came all the way over from Indiana, and one of the highlights was to see t=
    he new bridge and Hoover dam. I was sadly disappointed to find the walls wer=
    e so high on the new bridge I couldn't see hoover dam to the right or the Co=
    lorado river to the left. There was no safe place to park on the bridge to t=
    ake pictures. I think whoever made the decision of the design of the bridge,=
    made a poor choice. But I took a picture of the huge wall, and I'm telling p=
    eople Hoover dam is on the other side. Thanks you.
            Brittany Williams

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    Tour to the Dam

    by amandajayne81 Written Mar 19, 2011
    Almost finished

    We had seen the construction in 2008 of a massive bridge spanning the river. One of the things we were most excited about was returning to see the progress. Can you believe we missed the opening by less than a month? Never mind we saw it virtually finished.

    We did a tour (that we booked the day before) with Papillion that was quite disappointing. We had a rushed 1.5 hours at the actual dam which involved being part of a large group being moved in and out of rooms and elevators. The ten minutes in the open air were the highlight. Teh other 4.5 hours was spent on the bus and at the bus station. Quite disappointing in hindsight we probably should have driven a hire car out. Oh well you live and learn. I am just glad we didn't leave it for the day we were leaving as we would not have been back in time to get to the airport on time.

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    Hoover History

    by smithy65 Updated May 8, 2010

    The Hoover Dam trip is good for anyone who is interested in the creating of modern day wonders. The Hoover dam is an interesting place to visit if the history and the making interests you. If this this not your thing i do not think a tour specific to the dam will interest you. If you go to the Grand Canyon or Lake Mead you will probably find yourself having a photo stop here which will be enough for most people. Our tour coach to the Grand Canyon played a DVD on the history of the dam.

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    Romantic dinner

    by smithy65 Written May 8, 2010
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    The Lake Mead dinner cruise was a really good excursion. Booked from the UK before travel we were thrilled with the service we received from both the tour operators and our cruise hosts.
    We had a night time photo stop at the Hoover Dam. The meal was tasty and well prepared. It was one of my favourite trips although i did enjoy them all.

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    An engineering wonder of the world - Hoover Dam

    by csordila Updated Jun 4, 2009

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    Flying over the Hoover Dam from LV
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    The Hoover 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.

    I myself took part in a flight excursion from Las Vegas without landing at Hoover Dam. Look at my transportation tip.
    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

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