Nevada, the Silver State or Sagebrush State, is so much more than the buzzing casinos of Las Vegas. Nevada offers historic landmarks, quaint towns, renowned museums, amazing national parks, and stunning scenery that the state has to offer.
McCarran International Airport is the main airport in Nevada, which is very close to the Las Vegas Strip.
The second airport is the Reno-Tahoe Airport which offers lesser (than the international) flights but nevertheless quite a few.
You can also reach by train, the California Zephyr.
You can get numerous taxis from the airport to reach your destination. Also, there are frequent buses and two of them operate 24 hours a day.
You may get around by public transport or may rent a car from a wide selection.
Let's explore the cities!
Las Vegas, known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, is famous for its classy casinos. The Strip is the main road lined with world-class restaurants and casino hotels.
You can see a volcano attraction erupting hourly at the Mirage or visit the light and music show of fountains outside the Bellagio.
Other attractions include the huge shark tank in the Golden Nugget, the Eifel Tower at Paris, Las Vegas, and the indoor theme park at Circus Circus.
Also, you can take a ride in the largest Ferris wheel in the world – High Roller.
At a height of 1,149 ft, the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in America and boasts of spectacular views.
It also offers great shopping capitals like the Town Square and the Fashion Show Mall.
The capital city is surrounded by nature wonders like the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe, and the Carson River. The picturesque city is home to historic attractions like the Nevada State Capitol Complex.
Visit attractions like the Brewery Arts Center, the golf courses, and Mills Park. There are famous historic museums like the Nevada State Museum or the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
Reno, The Biggest Little City
Reno is known for its affordable casinos, bustling nightlife, interesting museums, and the amazing restaurants and buffets. You can enjoy the delicious cuisine with live music.
The Reno Central Library is an architectural wonder with a beautiful park inside the library. The National Automobile Museum houses one of the largest collections of antique automobiles in the world.
Virginia, a booming metropolis was a mining town earlier and now is one of the largest historical districts. There are more than 15 museums here which are all fascinating in their own way. The Way It Was Museum takes you back in time with Victorian clothing, rare photos, and mineral collections.
The Mark Twain Museum is also another famous attraction. Or else, you can just stroll around, hop on a historic train, or enjoy a drink in old bars.
Rhyolite is a ghost town in Nye County which houses the Goldwell Open Air Museum and Tom Kelly’s Bottle House. The town was abandoned as the mine started depleting.
You can walk through the surviving buildings including large schools, an opera house, railway depots, saloons, and a stock exchange.
Boulder City is a quaint and charming town where you can explore some unusual boutiques and engage in activities like ziplining, biking, hiking, and trying some thrilling rides.
Let's travel to the nature marvels of the Silver State!
Here's the Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon
The Canyon boasts of numerous red rocks in different formations, in the heart of the Mojave Desert. The peaks are called as the Keystone Thrust and the highest point is the La Madre Mountain. Visit the Red Rock Visitor Center to gather information about the best routes or if any of them are closed due to weather.
You may take a 30 minute scenic drive through the canyon or if interested, you may also go for rock climbing. Other activities are rock scrambling, horseback riding, biking, and hiking.
Black Rock Desert
The desert offers panoramic views of the mountain ranges bordering it. The area hosts Burning Man, a music and arts festival for a week once a year. It becomes one of the most vibrant places in the state then. The whole place is dismantled and burned down which leaves only the earth behind.
Fly Geyser is a result of a test drill for water. The minerals have built up over the years and resulted in water spouting. It’s not open to the public but can be easily seen from State Route 34.
Great Basin National Park
The scenic national park attracts lots of hikers and nature lovers. Hikers will love all the 12 trails. But, the Bristlecone Pine Trail, which boasts of Bristlecone Pine trees (oldest organisms on earth). The trail takes you ahead to the Wheeler Peak. Also, you can enjoy great stargazing here!
The Lehman Caves boasts of beautiful stalactites and stalagmite decorated marble caves divided in sections like the Gothic Palace and the Lodge Room. There are over 300 rare formations to witness.
Visit Tonopah, a desert area that claims to be the best place for stargazing in the country. You may also visit the Tonopah Historic Mining Park where you can get an underground tour to explore the mining equipment.
The Valley of Fire State Park boasts of almost 42,000 acres of unique terrain which is actually said to resemble the surface of Mars. It feels like red sandstone formations have suddenly emerged from the desert sand.
The picturesque landscapes can be seen on a drive. Major attractions are the Rainbow Vista and White Domes.
Lake Mead is one of the largest artificial lakes in the US and the recreational area is a popular spot in summers. You may choose to rent watersport equipment, a boat, or a kayak and explore on your own.
You can also visit the Hoover Dam which was constructed 80 years ago and has interactive displays about its history. It also consists of the Grapevine Canyon that boasts of 1,000 year old Petroglyphs.
Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and second deepest in America. It is located between the state lines of California and Nevada. Take a ride on the Heavenly Gondola which boasts of panoramic scenic views.
You can also take a boat ride, swim, or snorkel in the lake to explore the surrounding beauty. There are numerous hiking and biking trails around which offer great skiing locations in the winter. Sand Harbor is a place where you can enjoy white beaches, coves, and shaded forest areas.
Ruby Mountains is a stunning 80-mile mountain range offering various activities. It is in a remote area in Northern Nevada and reaching here can be difficult. But the view here is worth it! You can indulge in activities like mountain biking, horseback riding, and wildlife watching.
The U-shaped Lamoille Canyon consists of beautiful peaks and valleys, and year-round snowfields. You may also get to see a wide area filled with wildflowers.
Cathedral Gorge State Park protects 1,608 acres of erosion-carved caves and cathedral-like rocky spires. Hiking and camping are the best activities here.