By Nishat Khan
November is almost here! Which, of course, means Halloween is here, but it also means a month full of national holidays is arriving! With holidays like Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving approaching faster than we think, it might be hard to get out of the state with only a few weeks left to book hotels and find things to do. If you’re really itching to go somewhere, then the Hoover Dam might be the place for you.
The Hoover Dam lies between Arizona and Nevada. If you’re planning on going to Las Vegas, perfect, because the Hoover Dam is on the way. Constructed in the 1930s, the Hoover Dam is 726 feet high, and 1244 feet long. It is one of the largest producers of hydroelectricity in the world, and is also the dam that created Lake Mead.
There’s quite a lot to do at the Hoover Dam other than making dam jokes. The Dam offers a full guided tour that takes you to the lesser-known areas of the dam, showing you the hidden wonders that we might usually overlook, such as a construction tunnel that was built in the 1930s, and used by many of the workers who helped to build such an important monument.
You can also take a power plant tour in which you will be able to see the dam like never before: from the inside. An experienced guide will take you through the area that shelters all the equipment that keeps the dam up and running. You will be able to go deep inside the dam and see all the factors that helped to make the dam in the first place. Later, the guide will have you take an elevator up to a balcony to get an open view of all the plant’s eight generators. If you are claustrophobic, I would not recommend taking this tour, as it takes you through very tight spaces.
If afterwards you are looking for even more things to do, take either the stairs or elevator up to the observation deck that sits on top of the Visitor Center. There are both open and closed areas to view Lake Mead, the Colorado River, and the expanse of the Hoover Dam.
If you want to get a look at the dam from the lake, there are many opportunities to go kayaking or canoeing in Lake Mead, though certain restrictions apply. You can get away from the smaller spaces and view the dam in an open environment that has pleased visitors for decades.
Note: You can’t book tickets online, so when you arrive, you will have to buy tickets at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving day, but luckily we have four days after Thanksgiving to experience it.
The Hoover Dam is the perfect place to visit if you are on your way to Nevada, or just want to get out of town. It has a variety of tours and things to do for all kinds of people, and it offers a quiet scenery that lets you relax from the usual hurry of everyday life.