So after a night of pitstop in Las Vegas, we headed off to Page (Arizona) for the next night.
En route, we stopped by Hoover Dam which was about a 45 minutes ~ 1 hour drive from Las Vegas… depending on how fast/slow you drive and how many turns you miss on the GPS. LOL!
Our GPS was a little laggy so we didn’t have a lot of lead time from notification to making the turn/exits so we ended up making a couple of detours throughout our entire trip. Fortunately, we realised this after the first couple of days and we got smart after that. ^^
Anyway, to be honest, I was kinda underwhelmed by the Hoover Dam; I was like “Oh. Ok. So that’s it?” I guess, it is in part how I recently visited the Three Gorges Dam, which is the largest dam in the world, along the Yangtze River in China so everything else after that just pales in comparison.
I wouldn’t recommend going to the Hoover Dam specifically because there really isn’t anything to it unless you are some engineering/architectural nerd/enthusiast. There’s a museum on the Nevada side of Hoover Dam but we didn’t bother to go and take a look at it because we were really just stopping by en route to Page, Arizona.
Also, take note that there MIGHT be a time difference between Nevada and Arizona because Nevada observes daylight saving time but Arizona doesn’t. So yeah, imagine our confusion when we arrived at our destination and were wondering why did we take an extra hour on our drive than we thought.
Anyway, here’s a tip: if you are driving to the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas, when you first approach the Hoover Dam, you’ll see signs to a car park (that’s where the museum is as well). That car park is going to cost you USD10.00. Instead, what you should do is, drive across the dam, go pass the first car park and head over to the 2 more parking areas up the slope. Over there, parking is FREE! ^^ You’ll probably have to wait a bit for a lot but the wait isn’t that long as people are always coming and going.
I’d recommend parking up there because you’ll also get to see the dam from a slightly elevation point and hence you can get a more wide view. From there you can decide if you’ve seen enough or you can just take a quick walk down the steps (and back up later) down to walk across the Hoover Dam if it makes you feel better that you have actually step foot on the dam. ^^ Hey, whatever rocks your boat and makes you happy man.