There are around 56 million visitors travelling to Nevada annually. This is not surprising considering that not only is the Silver State the seventh biggest state in the United States, but it is also home to very diverse recreational options from glitzy Las Vegas to the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains.
Considering the fact that Nevada has 110,571 square miles of land, you can easily find something to do. Whether it be a scenic road trip, nature hike, ski adventure, or a night out on the town, you would definitely not run out of opportunities for fun.
Although it would take too long to list all the places you have to see when you go to Nevada, here are some destination ideas:
This city is not known as The Entertainment Capital of the World for nothing. There are so many exciting things to do in Las Vegas that it seems to be a year-round party. Of course, being known to be the most iconic gaming destination, Las Vegas is a top choice for casinos and slot machines. But aside from gaming, the city is also known for parties at Fremont Street, luxury hotels like the Bellagio, famous Vegas shows such as Cirque Du Soleil and the Blue Man Group, and multiple big star concerts.
Known as the “Jewel of the Sierra Nevada”, Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains. It sits on the border of Nevada and California, so you can go and see sights in California and head back into Nevada in one road trip. Lake Tahoe is known for its emerald waters and snow-capped mountains, as well as year-round fun. You can enjoy the sun and water activities on its 72 miles of shoreline in the summer or check out the famous ski slopes in the winter by checking into its many lakefront properties or hotels.
Another chance to stand in two states at once is when you visit “The Greatest Dam in the World” between Nevada and Arizona. The Hoover Dam holds back the largest man-made lake in the United States, Lake Mead. With its imposing size across the Black Canyon and the deep blue waters of Lake Mead, it truly is a sight to behold. There are a number of tours, including the Hoover Dam Tour, which takes you inside the passageways of the dam, and or Power Plant Tour, which lets you see the hydroelectric generators. Tour tickets can be purchased at the reception lobby of the visitor center.
This is one for the history buffs. Virginia City is one of the largest historic districts in the country and one of the few places where you can experience the Old West. Visitors can try one of the many saloons, ride a stagecoach, hop on a historic train, or even visit the Delta Saloon’s so-called cursed poker table. The Way It Was Museum gives you a glimpse into the past with its mining relics, vintage costumes, and working model and cutaway of an actual gold and silver mine. The Mark Twain Museum celebrates one of Virginia City’s most famous residents, Samuel Clemens, who worked here when he started writing using the pen name Mark Twain.
Great Basin National Park
If you are looking more into quiet time with nature, The Great Basin National Park is a destination for you. One of the most underrated parks in the United States, and one of the least-visited, the park is great for hiking among pine forests and trails to mountain lakes. The park also has caves and caverns like the Lehman Caves. Ranger-led tours are available daily but regularly sell out, so reservations are recommended. At night, the park is also the place to be to see countless stars, planets, and meteors, as the lack of light pollution provides you with the darkest night skies.