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Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Tours from Las Vegas

If you’re looking to switch up your Las Vegas experience with a quick day trip, the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead are just a quick drive away from the city and offer a refreshing getaway from the activity on the Strip. Gray Line provides exciting guided tours to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead that will fit both your schedule and your budget.

Why Visit Hoover Dam?

Hoover Dam is one of the most impressive man-made engineering feats in the world. As one of the biggest and most successful government projects of its time, the project was actually completed on time and under budget during the Great Depression… something that seems unheard of by today’s standards!

To this day, Hoover Dam provides water and hydroelectric power to the entire southwest region of the United States. Our in-depth tours will bring Hoover Dam to life with engaging tour guides, stunning photo opportunities, and a comfortable ride to and from your Las Vegas hotel.

Why Visit Lake Mead?

Formed by Hoover Dam's taming effects on the Colorado River, Lake Mead is one of the largest reservoirs in the United States. A shockingly beautiful body of fresh water right in the middle of the desert, Las Vegas locals and tourists alike visit this oasis for fun water sports, camping, and to escape the Las Vegas heat.

Check out our Lake Mead tours below for an exciting day trip away from the crowds. A relaxing cruise on the Desert Princess paddlewheel boat is one of our most popular tour requests!

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  • Hoover Dam Express Bus Tour from Las Vegas

    Hoover Dam Express Bus Tour from Las Vegas

    Looking for a quick half-day outing from Las Vegas? Enjoy an exciting tour of Hoover Dam with breathtaking photo opportunities

    Rate from Hoover Dam Express Bus Tour from Las Vegas
    4.5 Hours
    Free Cancellation
    Fully refundable when canceled up to 24 hours prior to departure.
    Special Offer


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Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Tour Highlights

Whether you’d like like to spend the whole day enjoying Hoover Dam and Lake Mead or take just a quick express tour, Gray Line offers a selection of convenient Hoover Dam tours from Las Vegas so you can choose which option works best for you.

Hoover Dam is registered as a National Historic Landmark and a National Civil Engineering Landmark, so there’s so much to see and learn. Hoover Dam offers insightful exhibits and engaging behind-the-scenes looks at the innovation used to create and operate the dam. As an experienced Hoover Dam tour company, our Hoover Dam tours take an in-depth look into this spectacular landmark.

All Gray Line Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Tours include:

  • Fees and admission to Hoover Dam (and Lake Mead if applicable) with access to the Visitors Center
  • Pick-up and drop-off from most major Las Vegas hotels on the Strip and Downtown (please confirm your location when booking)
  • A comfortable ride to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead in our air-conditioned motor coach, equipped with video monitors, reclining seats, and restrooms
  • Services of a professional driver and engaging tour guide for a fun and informative experience
  • Excellent views of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam with photo opportunities from the observation deck and Nevada look-out points along the way

In addition, each Hoover Dam tour package includes unique features such as stops at the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign, self-guided tours of Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory and the World’s Largest Cacti Botanical Gardens, fun photo opportunities, and a thrilling helicopter tour over Hoover Dam and Lake Mead! See our individual tour packages below for more details.

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Q. Which tour is most popular?

Our most popular tour is the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Cruise Tour on the Desert Princess. This exciting day trip takes you to the historic Hoover Dam for an insightful tour of the dam’s operations, then to Lake Mead for a relaxing 90-minute cruise on a Mississippi-style paddle wheeler boat. You’ll also enjoy lunch during your cruise and exciting photo opportunities from multiple look-out points throughout the tour.

Q. Does Lake Mead have restricted hours?

Lake Mead Recreation Area is open year-round, 7 days a week. However, some beaches are only open during the daytime, while others are open 24 hours. Restricted beaches will be marked with signs indicating when they open and close. The Lake Mead Visitor Center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but is closed on major holidays.

Q. What is there to do at Lake Mead?

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a beautiful sparkling oasis where visitors can enjoy swimming, boating, jet-skiing, fishing, and other water sports. It’s a relaxing place to take in the scenic southwestern landscapes with your family.

Q. How far is the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas?

Hoover Dam is only about 45 minutes from Las Vegas by motorcoach! All our Hoover Dam and Lake Mead tours also include a stop at the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory and Cacti Botanical Garden.

Q. How far is Lake Mead from Hoover Dam?

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is only about a 15-minute drive from Hoover Dam, making Lake Mead and Hoover Dam the perfect combination for a day tour or half-day tour from Las Vegas.

Q. What items are prohibited on this tour?

The following items are prohibited on our Hoover Dam and Lake Mead tours due to security:

  • Luggage
  • Large backpacks
  • Suitcases
  • Briefcases
  • Coolers
  • Alcohol

In addition, government security strictly prohibits food or drink of any kind while inside Hoover Dam. You will not be allowed to tour Hoover Dam if you are prone to claustrophobia or use a pacemaker for your heart, which can be damaged by electromagnetic activity.


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