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  • Location:Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise

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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 90-minute cruise on Lake Mead, during which you'll enjoy lunch onboard. Stop at the legendary Ethel M Chocolate Factory on your trip back to Vegas. 


  • Hoover Dam tour with Lake Mead cruise
  • On the Hoover Dam Discovery Tour, take elevators 500 feet down into the walls of the Black Canyon
  • 90-minute Lake Mead cruise
  • Stop at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory
  • Deli-style lunch included
  • Hotel pickup and return included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Discover the engineering marvel that is Hoover Dam before taking a 90-minute steamboat cruise on Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the US. The stop at Ethel M's Chocolate Factory on the way back to Vegas is a sweet bonus!

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What You Can Expect

Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruise

Hoover Dam

Following morning pickup at your Las Vegas hotel, board a luxury motor coach and head for the Hoover Dam.

Upon arrival, embark on the Discovery Tour, which includes an exploration of several areas and lasts about 2 hours. 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 8 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 90-minute tour of Lake Mead. Enjoy views of the dam from this aquatic vantage point as you dig in to a deli-style lunch. 

At the conclusion of your lake outing, climb back aboard the motor coach 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.  

Customer Reviews

Martin P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

A very nice tour. The bus driver Uncle Milton was very nice, socialable and extremely knowledgable.

Ronald K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I enjoyed the tour of the dam and the information provided by the guide. Didn't realize how enormous the dam is.

Jackie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The Hoover Dam tour was very informative and enjoyable to see how the dam works. The Lake Mead Cruise was great to get up close to the dam and see the shore line of the lake and the food was good on the cruise along with the drinks.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour was just wonderful. The bus picked us up ten or fifteen minutes after the time proposed but we arrived in time to the tour Stop Base where we had a small explanation of the tour. Our driver Guy Fieri because I do not remember his name and I apologize, was great . He was all the way explaining the different areas we passed. Great tour guide. We had a smooth ride to the Hoover Dam. After arriving we only did a small line to see a short film about the construction of the dam and its history. After seeing the dam our second stop was at Lake Mead, where we boarded a small cruise that took us to the dam to see it from the other side . I have to say everything was excellent. My wife and I had no complaints . Thanks for the great experience and good service .

Dina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our Hoover Dam Tour With Lake Mead Cruse, was to take a visitor staying with us to see the dam. She was from out of the country and this was one of the special tours for her visit. I can remember when Lake Mead was near the top of the white edge of the lake.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


Melanie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Loved this tour especially the lake mead cruise which I really enjoyed, it took you up to the dam. Great value for money too.

Rosemary R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Everything was perfect for this excursion. The men in our group would've like to stay at the dam longer, but it was long enough for me. The weather was lovely. Our tour guide, Mark, was very good and we learned a lot from him. Very nice tour.

june f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

enjoyed the day with my grandaughter- would recommend it

Jeanne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

loved the trip, but didn't have enough time to see Hoover Dam. You could cut out the Chocolate factory, and
give more time to the dam. Lake Mead was awesome. Love the trip, Thank you so much

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