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April 14, 2015

Visit Las Vegas: Hoover Dam and the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

When my husband and I first visited the Hoover Dam, the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge was not built yet, so on this visit with the kids, we made sure to take the kids to the bridge to get some great views of the Hoover Dam.

The view of the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River from the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge was simply spectacular.
 
Hoover Dam
At 880 feet over the Colorado River, and 1905 feet in length, the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (named after O'Callaghan, the former Nevada Governor and Tillman, who played for the Arizona Cardinals before enlisting in the US Army and being killed in action) spans between Nevada and Arizona.
While we were there, we noticed most people walked to the middle of the bridge and turned around. 
My oldest son wanted to walk to the end of the bridge, so he and I walked the entire length while the rest of my family went back down and waited for us.
The Arizona State sign is in the distance
The walk didn't take very long, and a handful of other people walked the entire length at the same time.

After walking the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge we decided to drive over the Hoover Dam.

We got some great views of the bridge from below...

as well as the High Scaler Statue, which was built in dedication to the Hoover Dam builders.
High Scaler Statue
A variety of paid tours are offered, but our family simply decided to traverse the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and drive over the Hoover Dam, and those were great ways to see this National Historic Landmark.

Hoover Dam
30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, on the Nevada-Arizona border

Click here for directions, as well as tour and parking information.

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