Nevada is filled with things to do and see from the iconic Hoover Dam to the famous Las Vegas Strip. Here are 7 of the best attractions in Nevada.
Nevada is filled with many things to do, both in Las Vegas as well as in other areas around the state. Regardless of why you’re coming to Nevada, you should definitely make time to visit some of the wonderful attractions located only in this state, including the iconic Hoover Dam or the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Attractions in Nevada
Anyone who takes a trip to Nevada needs to schedule a few days to visit Las Vegas. This city is the diamond in the middle of a dessert. It’s filled with fun things to do, from casinos to shows and more. Although you can definitely have just a night of fun, it’s always better to schedule a little more time for this wonderful city.
Keep in mind that part of the Grand Canyon National Park is also located in Nevada, and Las Vegas is the second closest city to the south rim of the park with only a 5 hour drive. There are various tour options available, and there are even a couple that will get you back to your hotel in time for dinner.
Taking a trip to Nevada? Whether you’re visiting for business or for pleasure, the Hoover Dam should be on your Nevada itinerary. This famous dam gives you a wonderful view of the surrounding area, including a birds-eye view of the Colorado River. If you want to learn even more about this famous dam, you can schedule a tour.
If you want to experience Nevada nature at its best, add a trip to the Great Basin to your travel itinerary. This national park has it all, from hot desert to damp caves. You can also take advantage of its many programs, including the astronomy program or the Great Basin ranger program!
Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake found high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with half of it located in California. It features amazingly clear blue water surrounded by mountain peaks. The Lake Tahoe the area is home to a number of ski resorts and offers boating, fishing, water skiing, mountain biking, and hiking activities.
Just north-east of Las Vegas is the oldest state park in the state of Nevada, The Valley of Fire. It features incredible sandstone formations such as the amazing colours and shape of the Fire Wave rock, created from giant sand dunes that solidified nearly 150 million years ago. The rugged landscape is perfect for hiking and wildlife viewing.
Definitely be on the lookout for the Elephant Rock, it’s such an impressive looking formation!
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is home to massive red rock formations up to 3,000 feet high jut above the Mojave Desert. Hiking, Rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnicking, and wildlife watching are popular activities here.
There are a large number of ghost towns found in Nevada, each with their own attractions and historical experiences. Some ghost towns are unpopulated bu still have abandoned buildings, while others support a small number of full-time residents. Some are now museums or historical sites. It’s a great way to step back into Nevada’s Silver mining past where towns popped up during the silver boom and were abandoned when the mines closed. Some were mining camps and more were supply points or mills established to support nearby mines. Ghost towns are certainly part of Nevada’s charm and worth a visit along the way.
While this is in no way a complete list of the things to do and see in Nevada, these are the top sites your family will enjoy visiting.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!
Saturday 12th of May 2018
Great list of must-see places in Nevada. I would also include Virginia City due to its deep history of mining. Red Rock National Park looks awesome.
Friday 26th of August 2016
The scenery is stunning! Nevada is so much miore than Vegas and the strip! Thank you for sharing and letting us know all about it!
Saturday 20th of August 2016
I have always wanted to go to Grand Canyon National Park maybe some day !!
Saturday 14th of May 2016
I've never been to Nevada, but these look like some great places to visit!
Saturday 14th of May 2016
Vegas is the city for my honeymoon, whenever that happens! Thanks for the post. My list of attractions around Vegas just got bigger!