Nevada

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Nevada is a vast state with most of its population clustered in a certain Sin City in the southwest corner, where more than 40 million people visit annually. Stark desert beauty and a bit of the Wild West is found in much of the rest of Nevada, particularly in Great Basin National Park, where high desert meets alpine forest. Straddling the California/Nevada state line is the Sierra Nevada resort region of Lake Tahoe and Reno, which beckons naturalists, campers, boaters, and those looking for similar action to Las Vegas in a more local setting.

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Great Basin National Park

As you drive the staight, desolate road into Great Basin National Park, it's hard not to feel moved—or at least tiny. Massive Wheeler Peak rises...

Crystal Bay

Right at the Nevada border, Crystal Bay features a cluster of casinos, a few spunky ones with personality and some smaller ones that locals...

Incline Village

Incline Village dates to the early 1960s, when an Oklahoma developer bought 10,000 acres north of Lake Tahoe. His idea was to sketch out a plan...

Reno

Established in 1859 as a trading station at a bridge over the Truckee River, Reno grew along with the silver mines of nearby Virginia City and...

Stateline

Stateline is the archetypal Nevada border town. Its four high-rise casinos are as vertical and contained as the commercial district of South...

Zephyr Cove

The largest settlement between Incline Village and the Stateline area is Zephyr Cove, a tiny resort. It has a beach, marina, campground, picnic...

Las Vegas

Las Vegas knows what everyone wants and delivers it in spades. Megaresorts fund their 45-foot bronze lions, half-size Eiffel Towers, and towering...

Boulder City

In the early 1930s Boulder City was built by the federal government to house 5,000 construction workers on the Hoover Dam project. A strict...

Hoover Dam

In 1928 Congress authorized $175 million for construction of a dam on the Colorado River to control destructive floods, provide a steady water...

Laughlin

Laughlin is a unique state-line city separated from Arizona by the Colorado River. Its founder, Don Laughlin, bought an eight-room motel here...

Mt. Charleston

In winter Las Vegans drive about an hour to crowd the upper elevations of the Spring Mountains to throw snowballs, sled, cross-country ski,...

Outside Great Basin National Park

An hour's drive west of the park, at the intersection of three U.S. highways, Ely (population 4,262) has the biggest population in the area...

Lake Tahoe

You don't need a highway sign to know when you've crossed from California into Nevada: the flashing lights and elaborate marquees of casinos...

Southeast Nevada

Laughlin, Nevada, and Bullhead City, Arizona, are separated by a unique state line: the Colorado River. It's an interesting juxtaposition of...

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is actually the Colorado River backed up behind Hoover Dam, making it the nation's largest man-made reservoir: it covers 225 square...

Valley of Fire

The 56,000-acre Valley of Fire State Park was dedicated in 1935 as Nevada's first state park. Valley of Fire takes its name from distinctive...

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