Most of my planning flew out the window the second I got to Las Vegas, but one thing I did stick to was our tour of the Hoover Dam — probably because it was already paid for. My mother had a real hankering to see the Hoover Dam since she had never been there before which was surprising because she’s been to almost every state in the country. So we booked the Hoover Dam Tour with Lake Mead Cruise with Viator.
First stop was the infamous Las Vegas Sign. Next stop on the tour was the Hoover Dam itself. The tour of the Dam was pretty quick, which I personally like, I’m not a fan of things that last longer then necessary. I have a short attention span. The inside of the Dam is impressive, it is incredibly massive.
Next up was the cruise around Lake Meade. First you get a simple lunch on the boat. The cruise around the lake was my favorite part it was beautiful and gives you a really amazing view of the Dam. You can also see the affects of the drought that the area has been experiencing for years. If you look at the cliffs around the lake there is a distinct line where the rock changes color from brownish-red to white. They call it the ‘bath-ring’ effect. The line is where the water level used to be. It is quite a drastic difference.
At the end of the day, the last stop is a tour of the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory — but we were there at the very end of the business day and there wasn’t really much to see. But, there was a lot of chocolate to buy so it all worked out for the best and was a great way to end the tour.