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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Historic Site
“The Hoover Dam is known as an engineering marvel for good reason. The massive 726-foot-tall concrete arch-gravity dam holds back the powerful Colorado River and generates enough hydroelectric power to serve 1.3 million people annually. Located about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam is a fun day trip destination for the entire family. You can check out educational exhibits and access the observation deck at the Visitor Center, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note: The dam tour is only open to visitors 8 years old and older, but guests of all ages are welcome to tour the Powerplant.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Historic Site
“If you have time when you’re in or near Las Vegas carve out a day to kayak the Hoover Dam! So peaceful and gorgeous! ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Lake
“Awesome to walk around, have coffee, new water sports activities. You will feel in a different place :)”
  • 19 locals recommend
Lake
“Lake Mead is a lake on the Colorado River, about 24 mi (39 km) from the Las Vegas Strip, southeast of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona. It is the largest reservoir in the United States in terms of water capacity. Formed by the Hoover Dam, the reservoir serves water to the states of Arizona, California, and Nevada, providing sustenance to nearly 20 million people and large areas of farmland. Nine main access points to the lake are available. On the west are three roads from the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Access from the northwest from I-15 is through the Valley of Fire State Park and the Moapa River Indian Reservation to the Overton Arm of the lake.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Beautiful walks through the lakes and town lights. Great for couples or people wanting to get away from the city life. Local restaurants, water activities, and festivals. Super fun and relaxing. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Route
“Great vantage of Hoover Dam and Colorado River. Free to park & walk across. Parking on Nevada side”
  • 4 locals recommend
Storage
“Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the marina provide boat rentals, cruises on the lake, or have lunch at the marina. Kids are always amazed by the MANY fish at the marina:)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Bright, airy eatery boasting Mexican cuisine with a California twist, a lakeside balcony & fire pit. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“A must see, Great Lake views. If you’re lucky you’ll even catch a glimpse of the bighorn sheep. Plus a great play ground for kids.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
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“The burgers are fantastic. Atmosphere is great. Indoor or outdoor eating options. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Lake Las Vegas Water Sports offers everything from extreme adventures like water jetpacks, to something more relaxing - like stand up paddle boarding. If you don’t want to get wet then check out the back trails on any of their bikes or even cruise to the hoover dam in a Polaris Sling Shot! Whatever you prefer.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
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“This is a must go to if you have a vehicle.... The Coffee Cup was featured on DINERS, DRIVE-INs & DIVES. This amazing diner is a busy spot, to avoid a long wait to get seated, I recommend getting there earlier rather than later. The Coffee Cup is surrounded by awesome little antique shops and a hop, skip and a jump away from the historic Hoover Dam. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
History Museum
“Receive the history of Las Vegas and those who settled and helped to create what it is today. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Amazing view of the base of the Hoover Dam, with hot springs and an outlet into the Colorado River!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“Start here to get info on the artificial lake thanks to Hoover Dam. Swimming, paddle boat, canoes, fishing..... water level down due to drought so maybe limits on some activities. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Specialties include thin crust pizzas, daily homemade pastas, mesquite-grilled fresh fish, spit-roasted meats and fowl, and a glorious selection of desserts.”
  • 1 local recommends