08 Jul 5 Top Places To Visit In Nevada
So often the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas overshadows the incredible landscapes that the rest of Nevada has to offer. Although the Strip in Las Vegas is a great place to visit, the state of Nevada is one of amazing natural diversity and offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy such outdoor activities as horseback rising, mountain biking, hiking and fishing. The following are 5 of the top places to visit in Nevada.
1. Las Vegas
The two and a half mile Strip in Las Vegas is one of the world’s best entertainment centers. The Strip is loaded with gigantic hotels and resorts, gardens, restaurants and theaters. So whether it is gambling, catching a show or two from world class performers or dining in great restaurants, Las Vegas is a place you definitely want to visit.
2. Hoover Dam
This structure was built to help provide jobs during the Great Depression. It is an amazing monument of modern engineering and today is a major tourist attraction. Located 45 minutes away from Los Vegas, this dam is 726 feet high and contains Lake Mead, which is the largest reservoir within the U.S. Hoover Dam provides California, Arizona and Nevada with hydroelectric power. More than one million people visit it each year.
3. Lake Tahoe
This gigantic freshwater lake is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with part of it in California and the other part in Nevada. Lake Tahoe features stunning clear blue water that is surrounded by majestic mountains. This 22-mile long lake was inhabited originally by the Washoe and is the second deepest lake within the U.S. The area now features numerous ski resorts in addition to numerous to hiking, mountain biking, water skiing, fishing and boating opportunities.
4. Valley Of Fire
This is Nevada’s oldest state park and is located one hour to the northeast of Las Vegas. The park covers over 42,000 acres of amazing sandstone formations that were formed out of gigantic sand dunes which solidified almost 150 million years ago. The rugged and beautiful landscape is ideal for wildlife viewing and hiking.
5. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Located only 17 miles from Las Vegas, this conservation area covers almost 200,000 acres. It features enormous red rock formations that span up to 3,000 feet high over the Mojave Desert. There is an incredible 13-mile scenic drive in the area in addition to over 30 miles worth of hiking trails. Some of the most popular activities here include wildlife watching, picnicking, mountain biking, horseback riding and rock climbing.