25 miles south-east of Las Vegas, in the middle of the desert southwest, sits an engineering marvel. The Hoover Dam, built during the Great Depression of the 1930′s, spans the border between Nevada and Arizona and plays host to over a million visitors each year.
For those looking to get away from the smoke filled casinos of Las Vegas, a day trip to the Hoover Dam fits the bill. Peering over the arched face, down to the Colorado River below is spectacular, and will give even the most steady individuals a bad case of wobbly knees. It’s a drop of over 726 ft. Want to see the dam from a different angle? You’re in luck! Guided tours run a few times daily that allow you to peer up at the concrete monolith. Unfortunately though, much of the dam is off limits now due to security restrictions put in place after 9/11. Still, the tour is pretty extraordinary, and well worth it.