- Type: Sightseeing, Tours
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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About 45-minutes away from the relentless lure of Vegas' flashing neon, at the border for Nevada and Arizona is the manmade wonder of the Hoover Dam. Built in the 1930s and towering more than 700 feet tall, the dam provides flood control and electricity to the neighboring region, and also draws more than 1 million tourists every year. Even the Vegas diehard should spare a day for this one-of-a-kind attraction.
Take the power plant tour, which consists of a short film and a guided elevator ride into the depths of the dam. The tour, and the dam itself, is one of the biggest draws for families visiting the region, a plus for parents seeking to offer their children an alternative to the adult-focused Vegas scene.
You can visit Hoover Dam daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for entry and tours cost between $10 and $30, depending on what tour you choose.