Hoover Dam is located about half an hour outside Las Vegas and situated in between Arizona and Nevada. Filled with history and a colossal view, the Hoover Dam is certainly a worthwhile stop. It’s easy to be awed by the Hoover Dam. If you have just a few minutes, stop along one of the many roadside viewpoints–perfect for snapping a photo and taking in the immensity of the dam.
If you have have more than a few minutes, be sure to check out the power plant tour and see how the dam operates, it plays an essential role in brining much needed water to the Southwest. When it was completed in 1936, the Hoover Dam was quite an engineering marvel and was the largest dam in the world at that time.
Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which acts as the border between Arizona and Nevada. The damn created Lake Mead, which is the largest reservoir in the US in water capacity.
In 2010 a four-lane highway bridge arching across the Colorado River opened, carrying traffic between Nevada and Arizona. The older two-lane highway across the dam could no longer handle the 15,000 vehicles that travel across each day. Construction on the 1,900-foot-long structure, named the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, began in 2005. An impressive feat of engineering, the supporting twin-rib arch span echoes the elegant curves of the dam itself.