Five days in Vegas wasn’t enough. But it was time for us to move on to our next destination. So we promised ourselves that we will be back. 🙂
After a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, we got ready for our departure. Check out at MGM was done online. So there was no hassle at all. We took US 515 which connected to US 93 and eventually I-40, on our way to Arizona.
Going to Hoover Dam wasn’t a part of our itinerary. But John and I were glad that we passed through the area because it’s an engineering marvel. Imagine how difficult it must have been years ago when the workers started its construction? Such massive development in the middle of nowhere must have been challenging.
Lake Mead, on the other hand, is a product of Hoover Dam. From afar, it looked so beautiful and inviting.
Wikipedia states that it is the largest reservoir in the United States in maximum water capacity. It is located on the Colorado River about 24 mi (39 km) from the Strip southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona. Formed by the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead is 112 miles (180 km) long when the lake is full, has 550 miles (890 km) of shoreline, is over 500 feet (152 meters) at greatest depth, with a surface elevation of 1,221.4 feet (327.3 metres) above sea level, and has 247 square miles (640 km2) of surface, and when filled to capacity, 28 million acre-feet (35 km3) of water. However, the lake has not reached this capacity since 1983 due to increasing droughts.
So let me share with you my photos of both places:
So if you’re in Nevada, try stopping by at the Hoover Dam. And Lake Mead Recreation Area.
It’s worth the trip! 🙂
Their official website – http://www.nps.gov/lake/index.htm tells you what activities are available at Lake Mead.
Lea C. Walker