As one of the largest states in the United States, Nevada has so much to offer, from stunning landscapes, national parks, and sunshine. Whether you’re planning a trip or a staycation, we’ve broken down some state’s best attractions.
1. Visit one of Nevada’s National Parks
Nevada is home to a variety of national parks offering gorgeous scenery with low valleys and high peaks. With 23 state parks and 4 national parks, there is plenty of outdoor scenery to take in.
2. See the Power of the Hoover Dam
Just 7 miles from Boulder City, the Hoover Dam is one of the most frequently visited tourist attractions in the country – and for good reason. The Hoover Dam encapsulates Lake Mead, one of the largest manmade lakes. Generating enough power to reach three states – Nevada, Arizona, and California – the Hoover Dam is quite an impressive man-made structure.
3. Explore Lake Tahoe
Located just under an hour from Reno, Lake Tahoe is surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains. As a year-round destination, Lake Tahoe offers 22 miles of freshwater lake, gorgeous hiking trails, camping sites, and ski resorts in the winter.
4. Take a Houseboat on Lake Mead
This man-made water reservoir was originally created to supply the arid region with fresh water. Today, Lake Mead is also one of the top vacation destinations for those who enjoy relaxing and sunbathing on crystal waters and houseboat rentals are popular in the area.
5.Visit the National Automobile Museum
Located in downtown Reno, the National Automobile Museum displays over 200 classic and historic cars. There is plenty to do and see at the museum from a theatre with artifacts from each era, educational programming, and interactive displays. This museum is a must-see for car lovers of all kinds.
6. Take a Hike at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
For outdoor adventures, this conservation area is a must-see. Red Rock Canyon offers 23 hiking trails and six climbing areas. If you’re not one for hiking, a 13-mile loop through Red Rock gives both drivers and bikers some of the park’s highlights. Located just 17 miles west of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon offers a stark contrast in scenery to the bustling, commercial Vegas strip.
7. Watch the Air Races in Reno
If you find yourself near Reno in the fall, be sure to check out the STIHL National Championship Air Races, which takes place every September. Featuring high-speed air racing, performances by the National Aviation Heritage Invitational, military displays, a variety of aviation exhibits, and more to see at this multi-day annual event.
8. Take a Spin on the High Roller Observation Wheel in Las Vegas
The world’s tallest observation wheel, connected through the LINQ hotel in Vegas, boasts 360-degree views of the valley, one of the best views in town. One revolution on the High Roller takes 30 minutes and takes you 550 feet in the air.
9. Spend the Day at the Nevada Museum of Art
With a permanent collection from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, this accredited art museum features collections from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and hosts several exhibits throughout the year. Founded in 1931 and located in Reno, the Nevada Museum of Art has a scholarly focus on art and the environment.
10. Visit One of the States Old “Ghost” Towns
The gold-rush town of Rhyolite was settled in 1905 and was once briefly home to a bustling community. By 1920, the town was nearly deserted and since has been used as the setting for several western films. Today, this abandoned town makes for a scenic day trip in Nevada.