4 Best Places to Visit in Nevada
Nevada is a vast and beautiful state filled with a variety of unique natural and manmade landscapes, so it seems a shame that many tourists tend to visit just one place instead of exploring the state’s numerous distinctive areas. As spring is just around the corner, we thought we’d explore some of the best locations Nevada has to offer.
1. Las Vegas
How could we possibly discuss the best of Nevada State without mentioning the famous Las Vegas strip? Almost 43 million visitors traveled to Las Vegas throughout 2016, many of whom will have visited The Strip, a two and a half mile long avenue at the heart of the city packed with resorts, a rollercoaster, hotels, theatres, restaurants, gardens and much more.
2. The Valley of Fire
About an hour away from the city of Las Vegas sits the oldest state park in the entirety of Nevada. The Valley of Fire consists of over 42,000 acres packed full of sandstone structures and enormous sand dunes that have existed since the age of the dinosaurs almost 150 million years ago. This is particularly impressive when you consider the fact that humans have only inhabited the area for 3,000 years. Plus, if you get tired of the unusual sculptures you can go hiking or even on a wildlife safari - though we recommend you avoid this in the summer months as temperatures can reach over 125 degrees.
3. Lake Tahoe
Above Nevada and California, high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is Lake Tahoe. Encompassed by mountains, this 22-mile-long azure lake is the second deepest lake in the United States and yet has some of the clearest waters to offer on Earth. Many centuries ago, the lake was inhabited by the Washoe people, however now you can visit a variety of ski resorts, many of which also offer boating, fishing, mountain biking and hiking to their customers.
4. Austin: The Ghost Town
Somewhere along Highway 50 is the mysterious, eerie mining town of Austin. Back in 1862 when the silver rush was taking place, Austin became a hot spot for miners. In fact, over 10,000 individuals moved to the town to take advantage of its location and access to the silver mines. However, just 50 years later, the boom came to an end and left only 340 people in the town. In addition to Austin, there are also several surrounding ghost towns including Berlin where churches, Stokes Castle and many other buildings stand vacant.
Whether you plan on visiting a city, a ghost town or some of the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes, make sure you take the time to truly experience all of the different elements that come together to create this one-of-a-kind state.