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