When you hear Nevada, the first thing that you probably think about is the Las Vegas Strip. The Strip is an incredible place with so many exciting things to see and do. But there is so much more to the Silver State.
From the Mojave Desert to Great Basin National Park, Nevada contains a wide variety of topography that includes both desert landscapes and snow-covered peaks.
Nevada also contains the loneliest road in America: Nevada's section of Highway 50. This stretch of highway was given that name by Life Magazine in July 1986. There are not many attractions along this road. However, it is the gateway to tons of recreational activities like hiking, biking, climbing, camping, off-roading, horseback riding, and so much more.
Best Places to Visit in Nevada
If you are planning a visit to Southern Nevada, Las Vegas makes a great starting point. It's easy to find a flight to Las Vegas. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas (LAS) boasts serving nearly 50 million passengers each year with approximately 500 flights per day.
Las Vegas Strip: Also known as Sin City, the Entertainment Capital of the World, the Gambling Capital of the World, and the Marriage Capital of the World—the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, is two-and-a-half miles of mega resorts, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shows, and performers entertain more than 40 million visitors each year.
Downtown Las Vegas: Take a walk down the Fremont Street Experience, a free pedestrian mall covered by an LED display canopy that plays light and sound shows beginning at dusk. Tour the Neon Museum, an outdoor museum that preserves vintage neon signs. Or check out the Fremont East’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene.
Helicopter Tours: A popular way to see the area is a helicopter tour. Go for a nighttime ride over the strip or take a tour over the nearby Red Rock Canyon or Grand Canyon. Visit ghost towns, spend a day in Boulder City.
Cities in Nevada
Reno: The "Biggest Little City in the World," is known for its casino and tourism industry. It is the second most populous area in Nevada, after Las Vegas.
Carson City: The state’s capital is a frontier town on the Sierra Nevada range. Nearby is the Stewart Indian School where you can learn about Native Americans and their traditions and the city of Elko, home of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Laughlin: Go rafting down the Colorado River or eat, drink, and gamble in one of the nine riverside hotels/casinos.
Nevada State and National Parks
Nevada boasts incredibly beautiful parks and trails maintained by the state and federal government.
Great Basin National Park: Explore the ancient bristlecone pine forests, explore the underground Lehman Caves, or climb to the 13,063-foot summit of Wheeler Peak.
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area: Over 90 acres of wilderness to explore, including the 11,916-foot Mount Charleston Peak.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area: Our nation’s first and largest national recreation area is a playground for swimmers, hikers, cyclists, campers, and anglers.
Death Valley National Park: Death Valley is a land of extremes. It is home to the hottest and driest spot in North America and the lowest elevation on the continent.
Lake Tahoe State Park: Northern Nevada boasts one of the most scenic and beautiful areas in North America and the largest alpine lake in the United States. The Nevada side of Lake Tahoe has scenic beaches, paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, and beautiful Incline Village, where you can hike in the summer and ski or snowboard in the summer.
There are also many parks that are not within the state’s borders, but are just a short drive away. These include Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon.
Popular Tourist Attractions in Nevada
Whether you’re looking to gamble, eat, watch a show, hike, ski and snowboard, or simply relax at a spa, Nevada is the perfect place for your next trip.
Hoover Dam: A concrete arch-gravity dam on the Colorado River, that sits on the border of Nevada and Arizona.
Burning Man: Once a year, tens of thousands of “Burners” from around the world descend upon the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada, where they erect a temporary city for the annual
Burning Man festival.
Extraterrestrial Highway: Visit quirky alien-themed gift shops and the area surrounding the mysterious Area 51.