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Grand Coulee Dam & Laser Light Show



Every summer we try to visit not only fun and adventure places, but also places that hold lots of history and education.


Grand Coulee Dam


Last months just the few days before the summer break ended we decided to visit Grand Coulee Dam and watch the Laser Show.


We drove by GRAND COULEE DAM so many times in last 15 years and every time as we drove by we always said: “One day we’ll stop and explore the dam and enjoy the laser show.”


Grand Coulee

Grand Coulee Dam




Well…one day finally came…..


I don’t want to turn this post into a huge post with tons and tons of numbers and statistics….I much rather show you few pictures, but I feel that few statistics and facts are in order…..


The GRAND COULEE DAM:

  • sits deep in the Columbia River Gorge of North Central Washington. It is located about 90 miles west of Spokane, 100 miles South of Canada’s boarder and about 230 miles east of Seattle.
  • is the largest hydropower producer in the USA and fourth largest producer in the world
  • is one of the largest concrete structures in the world
  • is a gravity dam
  • was build between 1933-1942



Grand Coulee Dam

Educational Trip To Grand Coulee Dam




The Grand Coulee Dam is a truly magnificent structure and  is a huge part of American past…..present…..future.


Huge part of the Grand Coulee Dam experience is the Laser Light Show.


Laser Light Show

Laser Light Show




I wasn’t sure what to expect from a laser light show at a dam, but if you are looking for fun way to learn a history of the Grand Coulee Dam don’t miss the show and let the mighty Columbia River herself tell you the story of how and why the Grand Coulee Dam came to be built!


 Laser Light Show

Grand Coulee Dam Laser Light Show

Grand Coulee Dam

Laser Light Show


The Laser Light Show is held nightly starting from Saturday of Memorial Day Long Weekend til end of September……always after dark.


Make sure you arrive early to get best viewing spot (n the visitor center level) and have time to check out the amazing visitor’s center with many interesting and educational exhibits.


Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam


If you visit Grand Coulee Dam during the day and can’t wait for the laser light show make sure you take an advantage of Third Powerplant guided tour which includes a look at two of the largest turbines in the world and a van ride across the top of the dam…..truly an experience not to be missed.


Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam

Grand Coulee Dam


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10 Responses to “Grand Coulee Dam & Laser Light Show”

  1. You’re a good mama to make some educational stops part of your kids’ summer break. (My mom never lets me forget that I once said I didn’t want to do anything educational on summer break!)

  2. Lisa Taylor says:

    Oh it looks so interesting and fun! It’s going on my list for next year, (when I hope we will be able to get away from “new house yard & interior work” and hit the road once again!)

  3. That’s neat about the pouring ceremony! It looks like a place my son would love when he gets a bit older.

  4. Debra says:

    I have never seen a light lazer show and would like to sometime. Very interesting article!

  5. I love when fun and education collide!!!! Glad you finally got the chance to experience it!

  6. Wow, this looks really great. My boys would love this. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Kristl Story says:

    What a great road trip!

  8. Mimi Baker says:

    Looks like an amazing place to have a vacation!! Great photos of the show!

  9. That looks like so much fun! It is amazing how many times there are places nearby that you always think you will visit someday and hoe often you don’t. Good for you for taking the trip!

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