​Fun Side Trips From Lake Mead

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The Lake Mead National Recreational Area is the ideal place to anchor yourself for your next vacation out west. Located within close proximity to Las Vegas and boasting some of the most exciting adventures in the region, Lake Mead offers travelers of all varieties the opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime.

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​Alternative Bachelor Party Ideas Near Vegas

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When you think of a Las Vegas bachelor party, probably all sorts of activities involving general debauchery come to mind. However, your Las Vegas bachelor party doesn't have to include all of these typical and sometimes tired options. Instead, create an alternative bachelor party that involves adventure, history or your favorite sport.

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​Kayaking vs. River Rafting at Hoover Dam: What Should I Do?

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The Hoover Dam is one of the most photo-worthy spots in the Southwest. Standing at 726 feet tall, it’s America’s largest concrete gravity-arch dam and the most visited dam in the world. While many of the 7 million annual visitors here opt to take the Power Plant Tour, the Colorado River below boasts an even more impressive view.

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Best Activities Near Las Vegas for Seniors

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While some senior citizens are contented playing the slots and seeing shows all day, many older adults want to get out and explore Las Vegas. Luckily, there’s a surplus of all-ages active pursuits in and around the city. If you (or your older family members) don’t want to stay seated in the casinos, here are five Vegas-area hotspots for active seniors.  

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​4 Ultimate Team Building Activities Near Vegas

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If you’re in Las Vegas for an industry convention or corporate meeting, count yourself lucky! There’s plenty to do around town, from seeing Cirque on the strip to visiting the casinos and shops at Fremont Street. Your department can bond over breakfast at Hash House a Go-Go or try to solve a crime together at CSI: The Experience.

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​4 Places to Eat Near Hoover Dam

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More than a million visitors tour the Hoover Dam each year. Millions more view the dam while driving the nearby Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge – the tallest single-span bridge in the world. Whether the dam is your destination or you’re on the road to Vegas, you’ll need to fuel up your belly sometime during the day. While there’s no restaurant onsite, the area around Hoover Dam offers a handful of eateries and tour stops to keep your family well-fed.

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​Alternate Ways to See the Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the American West, signifying the efforts made by Americans during the Great Depression to complete this astounding project and the country's dedication to progress. It's a quick day trip from Las Vegas, Nevada, and a destination that people want to visit from across the globe. However, at Black Canyon River Adventures, we feel it's better to experience the dam rather than just see it from a distance.

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​Toddlers, Tweens and Teens: Family-Friendly Activities Near the Hoover Dam

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Keeping toddlers, tweens and teens engaged during a vacation to the Hoover Dam outside of Las Vegas can present challenges to parents. Often considered an ‘adult-oriented’ city, you might be surprised just how much there is to do in the area that is delightful for the entire family. Here are three fun-filled activities to enjoy during your next Vegas vacation or trip to the Hoover Dam.

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​3-, 5- and 10-Hour Day Trip Ideas Around Las Vegas

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Las Vegas may be best known for its four mile strip of themed hotels, 24-hour nightlife, and big-name entertainment. However, the Las Vegas area is more than just bright lights and luxury resorts. When visiting this region, be sure to plan a variety of day trips to take in the amazing sights and natural wonders that are within easy driving distance.  

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​How Does the Colorado River Flow?

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The Colorado River is a place of adventure. At 1,450 miles from end-to-end, it’s only the fifth longest river in America. Yet countless travelers have experienced its waters, whether braving the whitewater rapids at Breckenridge or rafting the smoother stretch that flows from the Hoover Dam downriver to Willow Beach in Arizona.

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​Hidden Hikes Near Hoover Dam

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Lake Mead Recreation Area has a reputation for diverse landscapes and activities. More than seven million people visited the site last year, attracted to the sparkling blue lakes, mountains, canyons and sandstone cliffs spread across 1.5 million acres. Visitors can also tour inside Hoover Dam, or get a close-up look from the waters of the Colorado River on our Black Canyon Raft Tour. The 3-hour trip takes guests from the base of Hoover Dam through beautiful Black Canyon to Willow Beach, a little over 11 miles downriver.

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Sample Itinerary: A Day at Hoover Dam

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There’s more to Nevada than casinos and showgirls. Just 40 minutes southeast of Sin City you’ll find one of America’s major landmarks: Hoover Dam. Built in the early 1930s, the massive dam was intended to control flooding of the Colorado River and provide power to the growing population in the Southwest. Today, the dam generates enough power to serve 1.3 million people.

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​The Perfect Hoover Dam Road Trip

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Hoover Dam is the most visited dam in the world, attracting around 7 million travelers each year. It provides water to neighboring states and hydroelectric power to more than a million residents. It’s also pretty impressive to look at.

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​5 River Rafting Safety Tips

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The Colorado River is home to some of the wildest, most challenging rapids in the Southwest. Countless rafters have told stories about their encounters with Class IV and V rapids, having their kayaks flip over or swimming in freezing cold waters.

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​The Waters of Hoover Dam: A Timeline

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In 2015, a ghost town appeared at Lake Mead. For years, Arizona had suffered through drought, bringing the waters of the manmade lake and the Colorado River at Black Canyon down to record lows. The lake literally hit bottom in June of that year, revealing the ruins of St. Thomas – a once-prosperous railroad town and Mormon settlement that was abandoned in the 1930s to make way for Hoover Dam.

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3 Great Group Activities Near Vegas

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It’s better to have company in Las Vegas. The best Sin City vacation stories come from vacationing with friends or family – whether for a raucous bachelor party, a family reunion or a company retreat. The Strip offers plenty of museums and nighttime activities for large groups. However, if you’re craving a bonding experience that doesn’t involve tequila or acrobatics, it’s best to look beyond the downtown lights. There you’ll find group-friendly activities with an outdoorsy bend.   

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​How to Experience Nature Near Las Vegas

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When you think about the beauty of nature, Las Vegas probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. That’s not your fault. The city has more tourists than residents – around 42 million per year. The Strip is dominated by smoke-filled casinos and kitschy hotels plucked from the pages of a fantasy novel.

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River Rafting Essentials

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Part of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the 30-mile stretch of the Colorado River known as the Black Canyon Water Trail is one of the area’s best spots for river rafting. The river here is classified as “moving flatwater,” which makes for a gentle, easy ride that’s ideal for sightseers and first-time rafters.

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​River Rafting 101: Tips for First-Timers

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Rafting is a unique way to see the Hoover Dam. Visitors get a fish-eye view of the impressive concrete gravity-arch structure with its dual spillways and turbine powerhouse, plus the newer Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge – completed in 2010 to divert heavy traffic away from US93. Rafters can view artifacts from the dam’s creation and snap Instagram pics of wildlife on the shores of the Colorado River.

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​5 Little-Known Facts About Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam is recognized as one of America’s modern marvels. The Federal Highway Administration named the gravity-arch dam one of America’s Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century. Photographer Ansel Adams was fascinated by the structure, which took five years and 4.36 million cubic tons of concrete to complete. Countless artists have painted this stunning view, and about 7 million visitors line up each year to snap a selfie or Instagram picture.

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Top 5 Family Attractions Near Vegas

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Las Vegas has a reputation for being an adults-only city, thanks to its abundance of casinos, nightclubs and showgirls. But there’s more to Vegas than the Strip or the Fremont Street Experience. Just a short car ride from the Luxor’s famous Sky Beam, families can find outdoor and indoor activities that appeal to every age and type.

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​4 Hot Instagram Stops at Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam is a feat of modern engineering. At 1,224 feet long and 726 feet high, it’s America’s second largest dam and one of the top twenty concrete arch dams in the world. Spanning the Colorado river between Arizona and Nevada, Hoover Dam attracts more than seven million visitors per year.

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The Hoover Dam’s Super Power

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The Hoover Dam has long been recognized as a modern marvel. Photographer Ansel Adams famously captured the dam’s magnificence in 1942. Since then countless artists have captured its image, and about 7 million visitors line up each year to snap a selfie or Instagram picture. The Federal Highway Administration even named Hoover Dam one of America’s Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century.

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