Nevada’s history is rooted in the Wild West, from cowboys and Indians to train robberies and silver and gold mines. Though much has changed over the decades (Nevada now draws more than 50 million visitors each year), much of the allure of the state is still found in its western heritage and wide-open spaces which makes it the perfect destination to embark on the road trip of a lifetime.
From cruising down Las Vegas Boulevard amid the sights and sounds of the entertainment capital of the world, to watching the sun go down on the rolling Nevada desert; travelling across this spectacular state will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Lake Tahoe is a classic American lakeside resort, with log cabins, tall pine trees, soft, yellow sand beaches and a wealth of activities and water sports to keep you entertained. Whilst the north shore is anchored by the town of Incline Village, which boasts two golf courses, a ski resort, and lake front hotels, the town of Stateline is situated on the south shore and is known for its large-scale casino resorts, Heavenly Mountain Resort and Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
During the summer, Lake Tahoe is perfect for water and beach activities, hiking and bicycling, whilst the winter months turn Tahoe into a skiers’ paradise, with winter sports such as tobogganing, sleigh rides and ice skating.
Death Valley National Park
Just a short drive west of Las Vegas, Beatty serves as the eastern gateway to Death Valley National Park. As the hottest, driest and lowest point in North America, Death Valley is a vista of extremes. Extreme sports lovers will find adrenaline-pumping mountain biking trails in the region’s high-desert terrain, whilst those interested in days gone by can explore several ghost towns in the area deserted after the gold and copper dried up.
Survive the Loneliest Road in America
One of the best ways to experience Nevada is to travel Highway 50, the so-called “Loneliest Road in America.” Stretching for 287 miles across the state, Highway 50 is a scenic and historic corridor through a land seemingly untouched by man. Drivers will pass through mining towns and cemeteries, state parks and remnants of the historic Pony Express route are still visible for much of the way.
Ghosts of the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah
Visit the Ghosts of the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah situated in between Las Vegas and Reno. Once home to Gold miners and Silver Barons during the mining boom in the early 20th Century, this hotel is said to have ghostly characters walking the halls. Many hotel guests have experienced the presence of “The Lady in Red”. Legend has it that “The Lady in Red” is the ghost of a prostitute who was killed on the fifth floor of the hotel by a jealous ex-boyfriend. Her haunting presence is such that it has been featured on US television. See it to believe it...
Elko and the Ruby Mountains
Elevated over 5000 ft, Elko is known as “Nevada with Altitude,” a moniker to which it truly lives up to. The thriving northeastern Nevada city is bordered by the towering, snow-capped Ruby Mountains, and the lush, glacier-carved Lamoille Canyon. This means that there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy, everything from down-and-dirty ATVing to out of this world heli-skiing. Within minutes of downtown Elko, visitors can enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, fishing or backpacking – and that’s just the start.
The Ruby Mountains, also known as America’s Alps, rise majestically southeast of Elko.Experience the ‘Wild West’ at local ranches and stations in Elko and live like a cowboy with bonfires, stargazing, hikes and horseback rides. If you want a more upbeat experience, don’t forget about the bright lights of Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world.
Self-drive holidays give you flexibility, so whatever you enjoy, there’s plenty to do in Nevada!
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