"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites, and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money. That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "
Hoover Dam is really something that needs to be seen at least one time if you visit the Las Vegas area. The shear size of the dam, plus the history behind the dam really makes the trip worthwhile. Here are just a few things to keep in mind before you go:
I strongly suggest to not go to Hoover Dam in the summer. If you have to go during the summer, get in and out of there before 11:00 a.m. There is little if any relief from the heat around the dam. A short walk on the top of the dam during the summer can be brutal.
Pay the $7.00 and park your car in the parking garage by the dam. Trying to find a "free" spot around the dam perimeter is frustrating. If it's hot, then your car will be covered and not an inferno. Don't be cheap -- pay the fee.
Bringing young children to the dam can be stressful. Be prepared for lots of walking and make sure they have something to drink. There are lots of people and a lot of cars on the dam -- watch you children.
The tour of the dam: Personally, I don't think it is worth the money. The tour has been scaled back considerably since 9/11. The basic tour provides a quick tour of the inside of the dam and is over in about 30 minutes. However, if you want to see the powerplant, then pay the money.
Note: All photos on this post were taken by and are the property of Jimmy Hoofa.