The Hoover Dam area has much to explore. It is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation area, which also includes the Black Canyon Wilderness to the south. It is a great area for hiking, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and fishing. Visitors can spend hours at the dam alone.
The Hoover Dam has numerous opportunities for photography and has interesting architectural style, memorials, sculptures, and other features. Visitors can also shop at the gift store and purchase food concessions by the Visitor Center.
There are numerous attractions within a few hours of Hoover Dam. Visitors could literally spend weeks visiting Las Vegas, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Boulder City, Valley of Fire State Park, the Spring Mountains, and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
For longer trips, Grand Canyon National Park, Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Sedona, and Phoenix, Arizona are all within a five hour drive from Hoover Dam.
The nearest area with hotels near the Hoover Dam is Boulder City, Nevada, which is located eight miles west of the dam. Boulder City is a much quieter town than Las Vegas. Gambling is prohibited in the city. The city offers a golf course, shopping, hiking trails in the mountains, and a variety of hotel and restaurant options.
In Las Vegas, which is 30 miles northwest of the dam, the accommodation and dining options are nearly endless. There are more than one hundred thousand hotel rooms in Las Vegas for visitors to choose from.