Hoover Dam is an easy drive of only 30 minutes from Las Vegas. When you approach, keep your eye out for the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge sign and swing into the parking lot for it. Completed in 2011, at a cost of $240 million, it is the second-highest span in the country. Take the steps leading up from the parking lot to the pedestrian walkway for some quick exercise and an awesome view of the dam from above.
Continue on towards the Visitors Center, forego the $7 parking, and instead park on the other side of the dam for free: it’s a pleasant five-minute walk. Have doubts about seeing a stupid dam? So did I, but the engineering, view and art deco design are worth the trip. Between the fresh desert air and morning light, the experience was exhilarating.
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