Nevada is largely a desert and semi-arid state but that has not detracted from its beauty. The state boasts several natural and man-made attractions that are a major tourist draw and the tourism industry is the largest business in Nevada.
Most tourists prefer the large cities that have gambling and entertainment facilities. However, the state also has several natural attractions that are just a few hours away from any major city. A few of the most popular must see places and tourist draws in the state are listed below.
The Strip is pure entertainment and it has something for everyone. More than 37 million people visit the Strip every year and the entire area of 4.2 miles consists of casinos offering gambling, entertainment facilities with rides and shopping, live music, theaters, restaurants, clubs and pubs.
Fifteen of the city's 25 hotels are located on the strip and the area is open 24-7. The Strip also has several golf courses, major malls, and restaurants.
From the Strip, tourists can see the fountains at the Bellagio, the Mirage's volcano and Caesars Palace with its Fall of Atlantic and Festival Fountains. The Strip has a vibrant nightlife and free trams operate from major hotels to the Strip all through the day.
You don't have to like cars to visit the National Automobile Museum. Established in 1989, the historic museum houses automobiles right from the 19th century to the modern day. At last count, the museum had more than 200 cars permanently on exhibit in its four galleries.
The museum also has Elvis Presley's 1973 Cadillac Eldorado, the 1962 Lincoln Continental that John F. Kennedy was assigned, and John Wayne's 1953 Chevrolet Corvette.
Don't forget to gawk at the 24-carat, gold-plated DeLorean DMC-12 that was expressly built for American Express.
The Bellagio is a luxury resort hotel in Las Vegas. The hotel has a beautiful fountain located right in front of the hotel in an eight-acre lake. Every day, the fountains run through a choreographed water feature that is set to music and light.
Three 30-minute shows are held every day in the afternoon, in the evening, and at midnight. The lake and fountain cost more than $40 million dollars to build but it is one of the most popular free tourist attractions in the city and on the strip.
If you like shopping, the Fremont Street Experience is right up your alley. This pedestrian mall is a major downtown attraction and it is spread out over five blocks of Fremont Street.
The entire mall is covered by a barrel vault canopy called Viva Vision that is illuminated with a light and sound show.
Free concerts are usually held on the sound stages in the mall. The venue is a major tourist attraction and it hosts a huge New Year party complete with fireworks every year.
Everybody know about Hoover Dam but no one know just how impressive this dam actually is! The Dam extends about 726 feet high and 1,244 feet wide at the top. At the base, the dam is about 660 feet thick.
More than 22,000 people worked to make the dam and it took approximately five years to complete. The Dam is invaluable for its irrigation capability and hydroelectric power generators.
The Dam is astounding and visitors can photograph the dam and its vicinity, tour the surrounding areas for flora and fauna, kayak or raft on the Colorado River, enjoy the views from the Observation Deck at the Visitor center, and lunch at the local restaurants.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most impressive natural attractions in Nevada. The Canyon is formed by Colorado River as it winds its way down the state. The Canyon is approximately 277 miles long and the scenery changes constantly along its length and breadth.
The area has more than 1500 unique plants, fungi, and moss that are found only in the Canyon area. The area is also home to more than 1000 unique insects, animals, birds, and reptiles. For this reason, the Grand Canyon is a very popular tourist destination.
Apart from sightseeing, tourists can raft on the river, hike and run on trails surrounding the river, and view the river from a helicopter. Camping is also allowed on the North and South Rim of the Canyon and there are great amenities around the Canyon for visitors and tourists.
This beautiful freshwater lake is one of the most dazzling lakes in Nevada. It is the largest alpine lake in the state and it is the second deepest lake in the US. The stunningly clear lake is famous for its pure-blue waters.
Looming mountain peaks surrounding the lake and are reflected on the pristine lake waters creating an eye-catching visual. The lake is also surrounded by ski resorts, summer holiday homes and tourist attractions.
Visitors can enjoy winter and summer activities in and around the lake. Winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and snowshoeing are popular. During the summer, water sports like jet skiing, para-sailing, paddle sports, yachting, and sailboat racing are common.
As the lake is surrounded by thick forests, tourists can arrange for hiking, biking, camping, and many more activities on the lush forests.
Lake Mead is one of the deepest reservoirs in the US and it has an impressive 550 miles of shoreline. The lake was formed by the Hoover Dam when it was built on the Colorado River. The Lake offers several activities for locals and tourists like boating, yachting, water skiing, fishing, sunbathing, and swimming.
The lake also has four marinas and boat tours can be booked from any of these marinas for fishing or water sports. The lake also has several small man-made islands that are a great place for a vacation.
The Great Basin National Park is located in White Pine County and it is famous for its ancient bristlecone pines. The Park is also famous for the Lehman caves located at the bottom of Wheeler Peak.
The Caves are inhabited by several bacteria and insects that thrive in the enclosed environment on the organic matter left by larger animals like squirrels, chipmunks, rats and bats. The Park also has 12 trails for hiking, biking, and camping.
The Red Rock Canyon is beautiful and it showcases a set of towering red rocks. With looming 3000 feet sandstone walls, the peaks and walls are called as the Keystone Thrust and the highest point is called the La Madre Mountain.
The entire area is impressive and it is spread out over more than 195,819 acres. The area offers hiking, camping, rock climbing, horseback riding, biking, and rock scrambling.