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Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise from Las Vegas

Las Vegas, United States

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Visit the Hoover Dam and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Mead during this full-day excursion from Las Vegas. Travel to the Hoover Dam with your expert guide to learn about its history and inner workings. Visit the Nevada wing of the power plant and peruse the displays at the Visitors Center. Take a cruise on Lake Mead and enjoy lunch onboard while taking in the views. Stop at the legendary Ethel M Chocolate Factory on your trip back to Vegas.
  • Hoover Dam tour with Lake Mead cruise from Las Vegas
  • On the Hoover Dam Discovery Tour, take elevators 500 feet down into the walls of the Black Canyon
  • Lake Mead cruise with deli-style lunch
  • Hotel pickup and return from Las Vegas included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A steamboat ride on Lake Mead provides another perspective of the dam for an enhanced experience.
Following morning pickup at your Las Vegas hotel, board a luxury motorcoach and head for the Hoover Dam.

Upon arrival, embark on the Discovery Tour, which includes an exploration of several areas. In the Exhibit Gallery, view displays on the region’s natural history and the operational history of the dam. Wander through murals, maps, and displays on the Theatre Level that document the history of the Hoover Dam. Watch 'How the West was Won', a short video that details the Bureau of Reclamation’s part in growing food and taming the rivers and the desert. Ride an elevator 500 feet (152 meters) down into the Black Canyon’s walls and walk through the 250-foot (76-meter) tunnel drilled out of rock. Visit the eight generators in the Nevada wing of the power plant. 

Leave the dam and continue to Lake Mead Marina. Board the Desert Princess, a paddle-wheel steamboat and your chariot for the tour of Lake Mead. Enjoy views of the dam from this aquatic vantage point as you dig into a deli-style lunch. 

At the conclusion of your lake outing, climb back aboard the motorcoach and head back to your Vegas hotel. Stop at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory and (if time allows) the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign for a photo op.
Stop At:  
Gray Line Las Vegas
Begin your Hoover Dam tour with pickup in a luxury motor coach from your Las Vegas hotel. A brief stop at the terminal for check-in, where restrooms and a cafe are available.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hoover Dam
Upon arrival at the Hoover Dam, head to the Theater Level, where there are murals, maps, photos and other displays that provide an introduction to the Hoover Dam. Watch a short presentation, "How the West was Won," that showcases the part that the Bureau of Reclamation played in taming the rivers, settling the West and growing the country’s food. Next, you’ll visit the power plant generators on the guided Discovery Tour. To get there, you'll take the large elevators 500 feet down into the walls of the Black Canyon to walk through a 250-foot-long tunnel and view the 650-foot-long Nevada wing of the power plant and its eight huge generators. Stand on top of it at the Penstock Viewing Platform, where you can view one of the four 30-foot-diameter pipes that transport nearly 90,000 gallons of water each second from Lake Mead to the hydroelectric generators in the powerhouse. After the Discovery Tour, visit the Exhibit Gallery, which highlights some of the natural history of the region and presents a picture of how the Hoover Dam was constructed and how it presently operates. From the Dam Overlook, you can soak in the beautiful panoramic view of the Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake Mead Cruises
Then it’s time to leave the heights of Hoover Dam and head down to the water’s level. At Lake Mead Marina, you’ll board the Desert Princess paddle-wheel steamboat for an approximate 90-minute cruise on Lake Mead. You’ll enjoy your deli-style lunch on board as you travel along Lake Mead and admire new views of Hoover Dam.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ethel M Chocolates Factory and Cactus Garden
A stop for a self-guided tour of a real working chocolate factory with free samples of chocolate.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
Photo opportunity at the Famous Welcome to Las Vegas Sign.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free


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Lake Mead Cruise and Hoover Dam
, Mar 2020
This was a great tour! Unfortunately, The Hoover Dam was having issues with their elevators, so we stood in line for most of the tour and were worried we wouldn't get to see the power plant, but our tour guide stayed the extra time needed so that we all could complete the tour. My husband and I were very satisfied with the tour.
Fab day at the dam.
, Feb 2020
The dam tour was fantastic. We had a lovely day. Our tour guide was absolutely awesome she kept us well informed at all times and made us all smile. Highly recommend this trip and company.
Waste of a day
, Feb 2020
Our boat cruise got cancelled due to mechanical reasons and it was too windy to risk it. We got on the boat had a quick lunch and were told we'd be refunded for the boat cruise. Our bus driver picked us up and took us to the Hoover Dam. Thing is it was unbelievably windy that day and we thought it might have been cancelled anyways- and we could have planned something else so the whole day was wasted. We've already seen the Hoover Dam. Not impressed that Viator has not returned my email about getting said refund for at least the cruise portion of our entire wasted day. Its been almost a month.
Hoover Dam
, Feb 2020
We had a wonderful time on the lake cruise and at the Hoover Dam. Enjoyed stopping at the famous Las Vegas sign and at the chocolate factory. All of the employees were very polite. I would highly recommend this tour. A great value.
Hoover Dam & Lake Mead
, Feb 2020
Lovely trip. very interesting. Excellent service with collection from the hotel and dropped off. Friendly and helpful staff
No tour
, Feb 2020
What a magnificent sight! What innovation from our fearless leaders and citizens! Only wish the elevator was working so we could have gone below.
Hoover Dam and Lake mead cruise
, Feb 2020
A big bus dropped off half the people at Lake Mead. Were loaded on the boat, only to be told they could not take us out. Viator gave a credit for it quickly. Hoover Damn tour was good. Bus was so so. Not a wow trip. Driver was not the best guide, played a tape telling us how much to tip...we did but truly wasn't worth as much as suggested!
Hoover dam
, Nov 2019
Only thing I was disappointed in was our cruise being canceled due to high winds. :( Other than that, it was great.
Hoover damb
, Nov 2019
fantastic day out very well organised its the 2nd time we have done this highly recommended worth every penny and a very knowlegable driver
Less Chocolate, More Damn Dam
, Nov 2019
The Lake Mead Cruise was lovely and informative. Don't expect a gourmet lunch, a soggy sub and chips is about all you will get. The crew was very accommodating, the bartender made a great margarita. The Hoover Dam tour was relaxing and enlightening. We could have spent more time at the dam and less time at our stop at Ethel M' s Chocolate Factory. There was definitely not enough time to take everything in. Another hour would have been appropriate. Our driver was exceptional. I liked the fact that the hint for a tip came from a recording so that the driver did not have to grovel.

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