Named after President Herbert Hoover, this grand reservoir was constructed over a span of five years during the Great Depression. Built to contain the roaring tempest of the mighty Colorado River, the Hoover Dam harnesses hydroelectric energy to feed the power-related needs of both California and the Southwest. Such is the magnificence of the dam that, energy harnessed from this massive marvel supplies electricity to over 20 million people. The dam spans an expanse of nearly 1250 feet (381 meters) over the Black Canyon gorge, and is located at the cusp of the Arizona-Nevada border. A prolific engineering spectacle that invites wonder and awe even decades after its construction, the colossal Hoover Dam remains one of the most remarkable accomplishments in architectural history.
The Mob Museum is located in what once used to be a courthouse. Built in 1933, it was one of the 14 courthouses in the nation to hold the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime. This makes it a perfect backdrop for The Mob Museum, an authentic view of the mob's impact on Las Vegas history. The museum presents the story from the perspective of both the organized crime syndicate and law enforcement. Visitors get to be part of the action through theater presentations and interactive environments. Visitors can shoot a simulated Tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes, and take part in FBI weapons training. The museum can also be booked for private events.
A beautiful visual water symphony choreographed to music provides an unforgettable welcome to the Bellagio Las Vegas. The water jets span more than 1,000 feet (304 meters) and can shoot up to 250 feet (76 meters) in the air while seeming to dance to choreographed lights and romantic classical music. It is a spectacular sight and one worth taking the time to view while strolling along the boulevard. As evening sets in, the lit-up fountain is a sight to behold. Be sure to bring a camera as this is one of Vegas' best attractions, and it's for free! The magic happens every 30 minutes until 8 PM, after which shows are every 15 minutes. Please note that shows may stray from this schedule due to the weather.
With a scale as high as 550 feet (167.6 meters) tall, the vivacious High Roller is one of the largest observational wheels in the world. An extravagant circular bend dominating the brimming Strip, this gigantic Ferris wheel is a spectacular engineering feat. Complete with 28 cabins, this observation wheel offers breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Valley. A spectacular adornment to the LINQ, the High Roller seems to blend in with the increasingly jubilant, iridescent and charismatic landscape of the city. Soaring as if to reach the skies, it is especially a stunning sight when lit up at night. The sweeping High Roller is an embodiment of Las Vegas' vibrant spirit.
Nestled within close proximity to Downtown Las Vegas, Springs Preserve is a natural park and cultural center devoted to commemorating the history of Las Vegas and promoting sustainability. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the preserve is a rich repository of desert botanical gardens, museums, and galleries. It is home to several life-sized displays, exhibits, and entities centered around building a green environment. this insightful preserve also hosts classes, lectures, and workshops built around the disciplines of cooking, archaeology, sustainability, arts, crafts, cultural studies and more. Serpentine trails cleave many wetlands and lush desert terrains at this sprawling preserve which is also home to an indoor theater and a historic photo gallery. A seamless synergy of nature, education, and conservation, Springs Reserve is a noble step towards replenishing the global environment.
Are you in Paris or Las Vegas? Ride to the peak of the 46-story replica of the Eiffel Tower in the glass elevators and you'll find you're in both places at once! At the observation deck on top, you will behold a breathtaking view of the Las Vegas Strip from 540 feet (165 meters) up. The 11th-floor Eiffel Tower Restaurant is formal dining at its finest; reservations are necessary. Tickets are available at the Tower.
The lush greenery of the Bicentennial Park welcomes all those looking for a break from the bustle of the city. Located in the heart of the city, this park plays a prominent role in the local community's life, providing a space where kids can run freely, where couples can stroll leisurely, and families can picnic enjoyably. Spread over 7 acres (2.8 hectares), the park comprises facilities like a bandstand and a children's playground. The park is also the venue for various special events, like the Bicentennial Celebration and the Boulder City Fine Arts Festival.
The Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City is a wonderful place to explore the history of the region and the railroads that once served it. Guests can ride the railways and participate in a number of special events throughout the year.
The four hour tour starts with complimentary round trip shuttle to and from your hotel to Boulder City. Your plane will take off and fly past the glistening Lake Mead. Sit back and relax as you soar above the Mohave Desert's arid landscape that has formed rolling hills and stunning land. From your birds eye view you'll see the towering Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon. Once in the Grand Canyon, you'll see the Grand Wash Cliffs, the Canyon's western region. The flat top cliffs provide stunning backdrops of red rock formations while the mighty Colorado River snakes its way through the Canyon floor, taking in the lush vegetation along the riverbanks.
The tour consists of a flight out of Boulder City in a Vistaliner Airplane with oversized windows so you can see Canyon's celebrated scenery: Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and the West Rim. You then land in the middle of the Hualapai Nation at the West Rim where the Skywalk is located. Tickets to the Skywalk are available for purchase. The tour includes light lunch at the Guano Point viewing spot. You get to explore Indian Village, which consists of five exhibits depicting not only the Hualapai Tribe, but three other Southwest tribes and their authentic hand-constructed dwellings that are representative of many Plains Indians.