Before we hit the bright lights of Vegas (baby) we headed to Hoover Dam. I had pretty low expectations here because when it comes to giant feats of engineering and historical milestones I've really only got about five minutes of 'wow, that's cool' or 'hmmm, interesting' in me before I start getting bored, bored, bored. So it was a pleasant surprise to find that the Hoover Dam was in fact amazing. A prefect combination of stunning natural scenery and grand human design, with just enough interesting factual tidbits scattered about the place.
It was built in the early-mid 1930s, and the public areas were purposefully designed to be beautiful, so there are all kinds of gorgeous Art Deco touches everywhere. Whilst everyone else on our tour was agog at how much cement was needed to build the thing (over 5,000,000,000 barrels if you're curious), I was obsessing over light fittings and tiles and mosaics and fonts and the way the tunnels curved just so. It was wonderful!
*Said in Penguins of Madagascar style, aka this.