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Hoover Dam

You’ll be hard-pressed to fit in everything you want to do, but here are some of the latest activities that have new and exciting options.

Hoover Dam and Black Canyon

Finally getting to Arizona and Hoover Dam is easy! For years, road improvements around Hoover Dam had made travelling to Arizona and the Black Canyon area a snarled nightmare. On 14 October 2010, however, the new Hoover Dam Bypass Highway opened with its Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge that grants a jaw-dropping view of Hoover Dam and Black Canyon. What once took between one and three hours now takes normally less than 40 minutes, and what used to be day trips are now half-day trips.

Hoover Dam is a massive construction project constructed during the Great Depression and now it is a keystone for electrical generation and water conservation in the dry Southwest United States. There are eye-opening tours of the facility itself, but the best are the sobering tales from the museum, where desperate workers toiled in upwards of 45ºC heat in primitive conditions to construct this marvel of engineering.

The visitor’s center, including its displays of the dam and its history, costs $8 a person (three and under are free). Tours of the massive power plant facility are $9 with discounted tickets available for youth and senior citizens. There is also a tour of the inner workings of the dam itself for $30 each, but sorry, no one under eight years permitted (http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/).

Several companies also offer helicopter tours of the Hoover Dam area and the Grand Canyon, including Hoover Dam Tour Company (www.hooverdamtourcompany.com) and Las Vegas Grand Canyon Tours (www.lasvegasgrandcanyontour.com).

Cooking at the Cosmo

On the 15th of every month The Cosmopolitan hosts an ongoing series of exclusive demos and dinners by renowned chefs. In March the featured chef waschef Rafih Benjelloun, who prepared an authentic Moroccan feast. Tickets are $100.

Sports on the Half Shell

Legasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo takes punters to a whole new level. It’s a sports bar and a sports book, melded together under the critical eye of celebrity chef Emeril Legasse. It has the Emeril version of ‘Bam!’ food mixed with luxuriously comfortable, stadium-type seating, more than 100 HD televisions with the attention glued to the massive, 9 x 16 ft main screen. Great food and great sports ‘taken up a notch’ makes a Saturday morning fly by when you are in Sin City.

(3325 South Las Vegas Boulevard, http://www.palazzo.com/lagasse.aspx, +01-702-607-2665)