The Hoover Dam | Historic, Iconic & Incredible Landmark

by VJ Team

Having an arch-gravity design, the historic Hoover Dam is an iconic landmark that serves an important role in Nevada’s electrical network. Using water from Lake Mead and the Colorado River, this structure is located a short drive away from Las Vegas. The famous dam is named in honor of the America’s 31st president.

The Hoover Dam - Iconic Landmark

Photo Credit: Bureau of Reclamation
photographer Jamel Carry

Background and History

Constructed in the 1930’s, the Hoover Dam has been one of the most vital infrastructure components in the American Southwest. This dam provided a strong economic stimulus to the sparsely populated Las Vegas area during the Great Depression. In fact, Boulder City was originally established to facilitate the construction and management of the dam. Today, the dam is one of the top man-made attractions in Nevada.

Visiting the Site

The visitor center at the Hoover Dam hosts several permanent exhibits that cover the history of the structure and the surrounding area. This facility includes a detailed topographical model of the local geography, including Lake Mead and the adjacent mountains. An observation deck is also located inside the visitor center.

The powerplant tour is the main attraction at the site. Led by experienced guides, this tour offers an exclusive glimpse into the mechanical aspects of the electrical infrastructure. Visitors will see the turbines, pipes, generators and other massive workings that generate electricity for the state of Nevada. The 70-second elevator ride takes guests more than 500 feet underground. A theater and other exhibits present the fascinating story of the powerplant.

Located outdoors at ground level, the Winged Figures of the Republic are some other notable landmarks at the site. You can also check out the Old Exhibit Building, which served as an important military base during World War II. The Arizona and Nevada spillways are visible from the walkways at the site. Additionally, the Nevada intake towers are some prominent structures of the dam infrastructure.

Location and Transportation

Connected to Interstate 11 and Route 172, Hoover Dam Access Road leads to the official parking facilities at the Hoover Dam. RVs, buses and other large vehicles could be parked at the Boulder Dam lot that overlooks the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. A covered parking garage with multiple levels is located close to the visitor center. Boulder City is located just a short drive away from the dam. Additionally, Las Vegas is less than an hour’s drive from the attraction. Many resorts on the Las Vegas Strip offer organized tours to the site.

Click to visit the Hoover Dam official website.

Speedway Children’s Charities to Host Annual Drive for Charity Golf Tournament

by VJ Team

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will host the 17th annual Drive for Charity Golf Tournament presented by Insomniac on Monday, May 13, 2019, to raise funds for a great cause.

The event will take place at Bear’s Best Las Vegas, a one-of-a-kind Jack Nicklaus-designed course, and Speedway Children’s Charities’ Las Vegas Chapter will receive all proceeds from the tournament. The tournament’s presenting sponsor is Insomniac Events, creators of the Electric Daisy Carnival that will take place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway May 17-19.

Nicklaus selected 18 holes from his more than 200 course designs worldwide and put them into one extraordinary round of golf at Bear’s Best. Located in the upscale, exclusive Ridge neighborhood of the master-planned community of Summerlin, Bear’s Best is a high-end, daily fee public course focused on providing the best possible Las Vegas golf experience.

The entry fee is $1,000 per foursome or $250 for individuals, and players will receive a round of golf, golf cart use, unlimited range balls, continental breakfast, awards lunch, gifts and goodie bags. Complimentary chair massages from Spa Costa Del Sur at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa and a ball drop, courtesy of Big Valley Towing, are just part of the extras that will be available to participants.

Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m., and the tournament features a scramble format. Players will be asked to provide their handicap index when registering.

“This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, and Bear’s Best is a wonderful facility,” SCC Las Vegas Chapter Director Paulette Anderson said. “Not only do our participants get the chance to play one of the city’s top golf courses, but they are helping raise money for thousands of Southern Nevada children in need. It’s going to be a great day of fun and fellowship, and I encourage people to put a team together and be a part of it all!”

The tournament also will include a raffle, with prizes ranging from golf foursomes to spa packages and NASCAR tickets, as well as a live auction and various product samples set up around the course. Other event sponsors include LVMS and Las Vegas Sports Network’s ESPN Las Vegas.

The event helps SCC support children in need in Southern Nevada, and the charity donated more than $260,000 to 60 different charities in 2018. To register, contact Paulette Anderson at 702.632.8242 or log on to the SCC Las Vegas website for more information.

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Marvel’s Avengers STATION – Play games and save the world!

by VJ Team

Do you like superheroes? Or are you a Marvel fan? Seeking a fun date night, or are you visiting Vegas with kids?? Look no further than Marvel’s Avengers STATION!

Play games and save the world…that’s just an average day at this interactive exhibit and attraction. As a guest, your goal is to interactively assemble case files on each of the characters and move on to become qualified members of the AVENGERS STATION.

Marvel Avengers STATION

Marvel Avengers STATION

Located on the Las Vegas Strip at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Marvel’s Avengers STATION features state-of-the-art technology and digital special effects that brings the film franchise to life with an extensive range of authentic Avengers props and operational equipment.

As your host takes you through the STATION, you will interact with exclusive intelligence files, classified studies experiments, and view original props from the movies, like all of the Iron Man suits! From Captain America’s uniform and shield, Bruce Banner’s laboratory, Vision’s birth cradle, Hawkeye and Black Widow uniforms and weapons, Iron Man’s MK 45 suit and The Hulkbuster suit, you will really see it all. At the conclusion of the experience, you and your guests will become new STATION agents and can acquire your personalized ID badges to use when drafted to save the world.

Perfect for all ages, Marvel’s Avengers STATION is open Daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Priced at $34 for guests 12 and older, $24 for ages 4-11, and free for children under 3, each exhibit ticket includes a collectible commemorative badge and can be purchased at http://www.stationattraction.com/ or at the retail store. Service fees are additional. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. For more information, call (702) 894-7626 or visit online and follow on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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