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Nevada – Las Vegas and So Much More

Nevada is best known for the glamour and razzmatazz of Las Vegas, and the famous strip with its casinos and hotels. The Strip is undoubtedly a sight to behold and a must-visit. However, it’d be a fallacy to assume that this is all there is to Nevada. This state is a nature lover’s paradise with tremendous scope for enjoying outdoor activities like fishing, trekking, horseback riding, and skiing.

Here’s a list of ten fabulous attractions that the state has to offer.

10.  Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park

The Great Basin National Park is spread over 80,000 acres and brushes the state’s border with Utah. The Wheeler Peak, which rises more than 13,000 feet, is a must-see sight. You may also want to check out the Lehman Caves. The park is a sanctuary for Bristlecone Pines, some of which are more than 5,000 years old. You can camp in the park and also go backpacking. The Baker Creek Road offers a scenic drive during spring and summer. From the park, you may want to move on to the Highland Ridge Wilderness area.

9.   The Other Austin

Austin, Nevada
Austin, Nevada

If you’ve ever wondered about life in Nevada when it was a magnet for fortune seekers looking to strike it rich during the silver rush of the 1860s, then check out the small community of Austin. It’s a ghost town today, but once it was home to more than 10,000 people. Today, this relic of the past has around 340 people living here. Austin is on Highway 50 and while here, you may also want to visit other towns such as Berlin, another vestige from an era past. While there, you may want to visit the old churches in the area and the many abandoned structures that are still around.

8.   Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe contains some of the freshest, bluest, and clearest water that you will ever see anywhere in the world. The lake is more than two million years old and is fed by the snows of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Part of the lake is located in California. It stretches for twenty-two miles and offers scenic views, skiing, fishing, and hiking. The lake has the distinction of being the second-deepest lake in America.

7.   Lake Mead

Lake Mead
Lake Mead

Lake Mead is 112 miles long and the largest man-made lake in the United States. It is located a few miles outside Las Vegas, and is a popular place for city folks to chill in the bracing air while enjoying a paddleboat ride. The lake and its surrounding environs are a photographer’s delight and you may even catch glimpses of wildlife while on the lake. Check out the cruise rides offered; consider one that offers lectures on the history of the area, the construction of the dam, and the formation of the Grand Canyon.

6.   The Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire
Valley of Fire

The Valley of Fire is an hour’s drive from Las Vegas. It is the oldest state park in the state. It is filled with sandstone formations in shapes that only nature could’ve created. These sandstone arches, pillars, rocks, etc are remnants of sand dunes from millions of years ago – from the time when dinosaurs walked the area. The park is spread over 42,000 acres. You can see sites of human habitation that are from before the Common Era – more than 3,000 years old. The park is open 365 days a year and is popular with hikers and backpackers.

Official site: http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire-state-park/

 

5.   Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is spread over 200,000 acres and is just a few minutes’ drive outside Las Vegas. Red rock hills and hillocks dot the sparse landscape of the Mojave Desert. Some of these formations rise more than 3,000 feet. There are miles of scenic spaces and hiking trails for you to cover. Rock climbing, mountain biking, and animal watching are activities that attract enthusiasts.

Official site: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/red_rock_nca.html

 

4.   Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake, Nevada
Pyramid Lake, Nevada

Nevada has many beautiful lakes, and many of these are situated some distance away from civilization. The Pyramid Lake is one such lake. It lies to the North of Interstate 80 on Nevada Route 447. A tribe of Native Americans handles the lake’s upkeep. Limestone hills that rise from the middle of the lake give it its unique name. The lake is a great venue for water sports and fishing. The surrounding areas host hiking trails, and wildlife watching opportunities abound in this region.

 

3.   Lamoille Canyon

Lamoille Canyon, Nevada
Lamoille Canyon, Nevada

Lamoille Canyon is widely regarded as one of the most scenic spots in America. Situated deep inside the Ruby Mountains range, the canyon was formed due to the movement of glaciers. It is situated at a height of 8,800 feet. The road leading to the canyon has been designated a National Forest Road and offers spectacular sights of meadows, waterfalls, and natural formations. Summer and spring are the most beautiful seasons to visit the canyon. A trip to Lamoille Canyon is an opportunity to see wildlife such as mountain goats, cougars, and mule deer. The area is renowned for abundant avian life.

2.   Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam was constructed in the early 20th century. During the Great Depression, the dam provided employment to thousands, and today draws thousands of tourists. Even today, the dam, which is 726 feet high, is regarded as a feat of engineering. The dam’s waters, held in Lake Mead, constitute the largest freshwater reservoir in America. Hoover Dam supplies water and hydroelectric power to the state.

Official site: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/

 

1.   Las Vegas and The Strip

The Strip, Las Vegas
The Strip, Las Vegas

The two-and-half mile stretch of the Strip packs more sights and sounds to regale visitors than what’d you’d likely get in entire towns and cities. World-famous casinos beckon, offering a chance to win money that will keep you rich for the rest of your life. There are hotels with kitchens managed by some of the greatest chefs in the world. Shopping plazas, gardens, and entertainment shows vie for your attention. The neon lights of Las Vegas can even be seen from space. The city’s boulevard is an iconic stretch that stretches from Mandalay Bay Hotel to Treasure Island Hotel.

Originally posted 2017-04-26 08:04:17.

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