the internal geneator room at the Hoover Dam

Best Tours at the Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam is nestled in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, just a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas, Nevada. It was originally named the Boulder Dam but changed to Hoover Dam in honor of former President Hoover.

Estimates claim that over 3,000 visitors a day travel though this monumental masterpiece on tours that are available throughout the year. Visitors from tourists to vacationers alike have several choices when visiting the area on what type of tour might best fit their particular needs. The popular Hoover Dam Express Tour allows visitors to travel aboard a luxurious motorbus equipped with reclining seats and panoramic windows for viewing pleasure. Upon arrival at the dam, visitors go through a tour of the facilities learning all about the Hoover Dam. The tour starts daily at 10 a.m. and lasts a total of five hours roundtrip from hotel pick-up to drop off.

Water Tours

For visitors that love being on water, then the Lake Mead Cruise and Hoover Dam Tour are the way to go. Traveling aboard a luxurious motorbus to arrive at Lake Mead, visitors will board a Mississippi replica style paddleboat to cruise the waters of Lake Mead. It is a great way to be served a complimentary lunch while taking in the scenery upon the largest man-made lake in the United States. After the paddleboat excursion, visitors will still tour the Hoover Dam before returning to their scheduled hotel drop-off on completion of the tour.


Another way to explore the Dam is by 4-wheel drive jeeps, solo or with family aboard all-terrain Hummer driven by a personal tour guide. The tour drives through Boulder City, along the scenic Lake Mead to the Black Canyon where Hoover Dam is located. Along the way, the tour guide provides the finest photographic opportunities for photographers to take the very best images of the Dam and surrounding areas.

Tours From Above

Visitors unafraid of heights might try an aviation tour of Hoover Dam aboard a 1930’s replica plane of a bygone era. Featuring day flights plus night flights, tourists get to see the Dam and other areas surrounding it such as the Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock State Park and Boulder City. This is a popular tour and flight schedules book up quickly. Rates are much higher with flights over the Hoover Dam than land travel tours.

Another way to visit Hoover Dam with the added benefit of viewing the surrounding areas is by helicopter. Flight hours are during the day only, and rates are much higher than visiting the Dam by vehicle transport. Views from the air can make panoramic photographs that visitors can’t make by any other methods of transportation. The added ability to see all that surrounds the Dam itself will give tourists and visitors to the area another outlook on how beautiful this rugged area truly is.

Last Updated: January 09, 2015