One of the top vacation attractons in Eastern Washington is Grand Coulee Dam. This magnificent structure, one of the most impressive things humans have ever built, has been welcoming visitors for years. When you go there, you will find plenty of opportunities to learn and study about it, some great places to view it, and some truly fun experiences too.
The road trip to get to Grand Coulee Dam can be a lot of fun too, with some great attractions along the way including Dry Falls, Moses Coulee, Banks Lake, Soap Lake, Chief Joseph Dam, and Lake Lenore Caves.
We recently reached out to the Bureau of Reclamation at Grand Coulee Dam to see if they’d answer some questions about this top notch attraction and important part of the Pacific Northwest’s agriculture and electrical industries. Lucky for us, they said Yes!
Grand Coulee Dam is obviously popular with locals and travelers alike. Do you have any idea how many people visit the dam each year?
Over the past five years, Grand Coulee Dam has had an average of 260,000 visitors per year.
How long has the famous laser light show been running at Grand Coulee Dam?
The original laser light show ran for 25 years from 1989 – 2013. In 2014, we began playing a new show.
Grand Coulee Dam is a huge structure. How long did it take and how much did it cost to build it?
The original dam was constructed from 1933 – 1941 at a cost of $300 million (in 1940’s dollars).
The Third Power Plant and forebay dam was added from 1967 -1975 at a cost of $700 million (in 1980’s dollars).
Grand Coulee Dam is a great destination attraction and also an awesome place to stop at on a road trip through the area. What’s the best place there to have a picnic.
There are several places in the area to have a picnic, including Douglas Park, North Dam Park or Spring Canyon.
My favorite question: Is there a little known fact about Grand Coulee Dam that may surprise some people?
There is enough concrete in Grand Coulee Dam to build a standard sidewalk around the equator twice.
A very special thank you to Lynne Brougher, the Public Affairs Specialist at the Grand Coulee Power Office!
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Website: Grand Coulee Dam