Are a lot of places to visit in Nevada. The state of Nevada is known for Unidentified Flying Objects, old country westerns, Sin City (which we will riff on more about here in a moment), and some ultra mysterious place called Area 51. Today, we want to share with you the 10 best places to visit in Nevada… we will go ahead and kick things off with the city you’re probably already thinking about.
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1. Las Vegas
If you’re spending time in Nevada, there’s a big chance that you’ll be in Las Vegas. Known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas really does have something for everyone. Enormous casino hotels line the main road, called The Strip, and they offer endless gambling, world-class restaurants, and big-name shows every night of the week.
2. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is a huge body of water that straddles the state line between California and Nevada. Many visitors who want to check out the beauty of Lake Tahoe head right to the border where the cities of South Lake Tahoe and Stateline blend together. Here, you can view the largest Alpine Lake in America and kick back on miles of beaches.
3. Valley of Fire State Park
Just 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Las Vegas is the Valley of Fire State Park. This park boasts some truly phenomenal terrain, and many people compare it to the surface of Mars rather than an earthly destination. While much of the landscape is photo-worthy, there are some spots you’ll want to specifically drive to on your visit.
4. Lake Mead National Recreation Area
In warm weather, Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a popular place to visit in Nevada. With such a hot climate, it is no surprise that the cool waters of Lake Mead beckon. Created by the construction of the Hoover Dam 80 years ago, Lake Mead is one of the largest artificial lakes in the United States.
With a nickname like the Biggest Little City in the World, Reno is clearly a destination worth getting to know. At the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and just 45 minutes away from Lake Tahoe, Reno is a place where all visitors can find something to enjoy.
6. Red Rock Canyon
To the west of Las Vegas is Red Rock Canyon, a stunning natural attraction of red rocks in interesting formations. The Red Rock Visitor Center is a great place to start, and guides can direct you to the best viewing spots and offer any advice related to weather or blocked paths.
7. Virginia City
Just south of Reno is Virginia City, a small town with an incredible atmosphere. It is one of the few destinations in the country where you can experience the Old West in all its 19th-century glory. During the 1860s gold rush, Virginia City was a high-flying Wild West boomtown.
8. Great Basin National Park
One of Nevada’s most scenic destinations, and a top spot for those who love the great outdoors, is the Great Basin, National Park. The park is located in the eastern part of the state close to the border with Utah. The Lehman Caves are one of the top attractions in the Great Basin National Park, and a tour will take you through sections like the Gothic Palace and the Lodge Room.
9. Carson City
On the banks of Lake Tahoe is Carson City, the capital of Nevada. Being surrounded by the lake, the Carson River, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains makes Carson City an especially picturesque destination. As the state capital, Carson City also boasts a number of important historic attractions.
10. The Black Rock Desert
In the far northeast corner of Nevada is the Black Rock Desert. For one week a year, this semi-arid conservation area becomes one of the most bustling, vibrant, and wild places in Nevada. That’s because the Black Rock Desert hosts Burning Man, a music and arts festival.
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