Nevada is a place of beauty and amazement. Rent an RV, hit the road and check out just some of the things you might see on a road-trip around this great state.
Naturally when people talk about Nevada, they think on Las Vegas. Of course LV is an exciting city offering everything the a grown up kid can want, but what else does the expansive state of Nevada offer? For those who like to play in the great outdoors, Nevada is a place of beauty and amazement. Rent an RV, hit the road and check out just some of the things you might see on a road-trip around this great state.
1. Sierra Nevada Camping
There's nothing quite like wide open spaces and Nevada has droves of it. But the state is not all desert, the Sierra Nevada mountain range cuts it's way north/south along the state right near the western edge where Nevada meets California. Home to some of the nations most famous national parks, the Sierra Nevada is a must-see place for those who love natural mountainous beauty.
2. Lake Tahoe in Summer
Sitting in the crater of an ancient volcano Lake Tahoe straddles the border of Nevada and California. In the summer months the water is crisp and cool in the dizzying heat of the desert. The elevated height and the fresh water from the winter's snow make it the perfect place to get away for a week and enjoy some water sports or just plain relaxing on the beach.
3. Lake Tahoe in Winter
When the winter chills set in, Lake Tahoe comes alive. Heavenly Ski Resort in the south of the lake fires up and sends party mode in the town and on the mountain in to overdrive. Meanwhile, those who like to get up early can get this view of the heavenly lake at sunrise.
4. Seven Magic Mountains
Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is situated within the Ivanpah Valley adjacent to Sheep Mountain and the McCullough, Bird Spring, and Goodsprings ranges of mountains. A creative expression of human presence in the desert, Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color.
5. Valley of Fire
World famous for its 40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. Open year round, the park has numerous campsites equipped with shaded tables, grills and water, as well as many intriguing trails to tempt hikers. The park is open sunrise to sunset but camping is 24hrs.
6. The Loneliest Road in America
The Loneliest Road in America, the stretch of U.S. 50 that traverses Nevada from Carson City to Baker as coined by by Life magazine in July 1986. The name was intended as a pejorative, but Nevada officials seized it as a marketing slogan. The name originates from large desolate areas traversed by the route, with few or no signs of civilization. It might look lonely but it's not boring. There’s a burger-eating challenge, a hot springs to dip into and the chance to mine garnets along the way. Make a game of it: grab a copy of the Official Highway 50 Survival Guide and get it stamped at the old mining towns on the route. Finish your travels with a side trip to Great Basin National Park, where you can tour the Lehman Caves or hike up 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak.
7. Red Rock Canyon
Most climbers know about Red Rock Canyon as a climbing mecca featuring some of the country’s best multi-pitch traditional climbing along with its famed sport climbing. It wasn’t until the 10 years or so that people started to notice there was amazing bouldering in Red Rock too. Only a 30 minute drive west of Las Vegas, this National Park offers climbing and so much more.
8. Las Vegas
What would a visit to Nevada be without a visit to Las Vegas. A city that never sleeps with its five-star resorts, world-class restaurants and boutiques, and spectacular entertainment and nightlife, Nevada’s largest city has long outgrown its adult playground connotation. It has truly earned its spot as one of the world’s premier tourist destinations, and no one can accuse Las Vegas of being a one-trip gambling pony these days.
9. The Desert Beauty
Scattered in amongst some of the driest and most desolate places in America are fields of green and yellow. Following some of the lesser known roads will see you stumbling across some of the most amazing fauna and flora in the world. Having something cosy like an RV rented from Las Vegas always helps with the trip, of course.
10. Hoover Dam
Probably the most famous dam and body of water in Nevada, Lake Mead came in to existence in 1935 when the Hoover Dam was completed. The Hoover Dam is a monumental feat of engineering that, when full, is the largest reservoir in the US. But from a travellers point of view, the lake that was created abounds in beauty and relaxation. Tours of the dam and the power plant are done daily.