When you hear the State of Nevada, the first thing that comes to mind quite often is gambling in Las Vegas. While the night life and poker are great attractions, there’s much more to the starter of Nevada than Las Vegas. If you haven’t been to these 5 places then you’ve only seen a part of Nevada. In no particular order, here are 5 places in Nevada that promise to provide you a great experience
Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places in Nevada. The 22 mile body of freshwater is often surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the Nevada and California border, the lake is a year round tourist location. You can enjoy the great scenery at any time of year on a lakeside scenic drive. In the summertime, you can visit one of the great beaches or spend some time hiking or camp at any of the campgrounds in the area.
Valley of Fire State Park
We can’t discuss nature in Nevada without mentioning the Valley of State Fire Park. A great way to view the park is by hiking. The hikes aren’t very stressful and are mostly short but you’re able to see incredible things like rock walls that are covered in petroglyphs, slot canyons and even old filming locations. The campgrounds at Valley of Fire State Park are strategically placed and enclosed in rock formations.
Great Basin National Park
Located around East-Central Nevada, the park almost shares a border with the state of Utah and covers about 80,000 acres of basin and range landscape. The park is very near the massive Highland Ridge Wilderness area. There are several backpacking opportunities and many developed camping sites. Asides during the winter, the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive and the Baker Creek Road are highlights of the park.
The Hoover Dam built on the Nevada and Arizona state Line is only a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas. The Dam was built during the Great Depression and contains Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. Lake Mead provides hydroelectric power to three states. You can get spectacular views of Lake Mead or the vast body of water that runs over the edge. At the time the Dam was built, it was majorly to provide jobs for people. While it still does that, it now serves other purposes as well.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Located to the west of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon is one of the popular hiking areas in Nevada. The 13-mile drive through the canyon takes about 30 minutes and you get to view the spectacular scenery. The canyon covers a number of geological formations but the massive red rocks jutting out of the Mojave Desert is the most striking feature to behold. You can road bike, rock climb, picnic, ride horseback, mountain bike and view wildlife while you’re there. At the Conservation area, there is a developed campground that has primitive facilities.
Again, the state of Nevada would definitely be fulfilling for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities. Again, Las Vegas is a very interesting place to be when you visit the state of Nevada but it’s not the sole place you can have a great experience.
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