The Hoover Dam is really an extraordinary sight. If you’ve never been, it’s gorgeous and much bigger than I thought. It’s about 45 minutes from Las Vegas and well worth the trip. It’s an engineering wonder for man to be able to design, build, and maintain (and now defend) such a structure in the middle of a river. The dam took 5 years to build in the 1930s and is situated on the Colorado river, between Arizona and Nevada (two different time zones). It was commissioned under President Roosevelt and named after President Hoover.