Every time The Husband and I travel to visit the Grand Canyon, or rather attempt to travel to the great hole in the ground (Oh woe is the ever elusive Grand Canyon!), we somehow stumble upon something else and eventually not end up reaching the Grand Canyon. But our stumbles have not been disappointing at all. Who would have thought that we would even stumble upon THE Hoover Dam?
The Husband took a turn when we saw the “Hoover Dam” directional sign and I was blown away by the greatness of this gargantuan man made structure.
We first walked halfway through the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge because we thought that we needed to pay to drive and walk through the main area of the Hoover Dam. But we were happy to know that walking around was free.
So we just found a free parking space, which is over at the Arizona side of the dam (The dam actually straddles two states: Nevada and Arizona).
But if you want to pay for parking, just park at the garage which will cost you $10.
Apart from paid parking, you need not pay UNLESS you will be taking the tour inside the Hoover Dam, which costs $15 per adult and operates from 9AM to 5PM only (last tour departs at 3:55PM). The Husband and I did not pay for the tour since we arrived later than 4PM.
The sight of the Hoover Dam against the trapesty of the sunset sky was majestic. I was overwhelmed thinking of how the structure was built in 1931 through 1935.
Imagine that they were able to build a super structure without the help of the super equipment and technology we have in the 21st century!
If you are travelling through Southern California, Nevada and Arizona, make the Hoover Dam a MUST stopover.