Best Places In Nevada To Visit

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In 1964, Nevada became the 36th state to join the union. Even though it is the seventh largest state in area, it remains sparsely populated due to its sometimes, harsh environment. Despite that, visitors will find many fascinating places to explore. Here are some of the best places in Nevada to visit.

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Las Vegas

Gambling is legal in Nevada and no place takes advantage of that quite like Las Vegas. Fondly known as Sin City, millions of people flock to Las Vegas every year to indulge in games of chance, dine in world famous restaurants and enjoy the vibrant nightlife. Known as an adult playground, the city has plenty of entertainment options suitable for young visitors, as well. Some of the most popular attractions include the Shark Reef aquarium, the Secret Garden at the Mirage and the dancing fountains at the Bellagio.

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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a huge expanse of water straddling the border between Nevada and California. Boating, water skiing, swimming and mountain biking are among the many activities that attract visitors during the hot summer months. During the winter, it is a popular place for winter sport enthusiasts with numerous ski resorts featuring runs suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

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Ghost Towns

If you feel like scaring up a specter or two, you will not want to miss the opportunity to visit one of the state’s many ghost towns. Many of the buildings in Rhyolite, on US 95 in the Bullfrog Hills, are still standing. Ruins include the Bottle House and the old railroad depot. The Goldwell Open Air Museum sits near the south entrance to town and contains numerous unique sculptures. Admission to the museum is free. Metropolis is on I-80 outside of Wells. This town is smaller than Rhyolite and many of its buildings are now in ruins. Visitors here can explore an old bank/hotel, a schoolhouse and the cemetery.

Whether you like to gamble, ski, or explore locations steeped in the history of the wild, wild west, Nevada has plenty of interesting places to visit.

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Most Haunted Places In Arizona

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With a history that begins more than half a century ago when the first European settlers arrived, it is no wonder that Arizona is among the most haunted places in America. From creepy old hotels to a spooky theater and a now defunct prison, ghost hunters can find plenty of spooky places to explore. Here is a short list of the most haunted places in Arizona.

Jerome, Arizona

Known as the Wickedest City in the West, Jerome is home to what many consider to be one of the most haunted spots in the state. The Jerome Grand Hotel is housed in a former state hospital that opened in 1927 to treat mentally ill patients and local copper miners who suffered hideous injuries while plying their trade. The hospital closed in 1950 but reopened in the late 1990s as a hotel. Many visitors have reported poltergeist-like activity involved appliances coming unplugged and electronic equipment malfunctioning or mysteriously moved to difference locations. Add to that cries of distress and phantom nurses roaming the halls and you may find this a difficult place to get a good night’s sleep.

Tombstone, Arizona

The Birdcage Theater in Tombstone is a former brothel, gambling parlor and saloon that now serves as a tourist attraction. Plenty of people have reported seeing the ghosts of dancers, gamblers and cowboys, which is understandable considering more than a dozen gunfights took place on the property before it closed in 1889. Many former employees claim to have seen and heard spooky things and some visitors claim the ghosts have even followed them home.

Yuma Territorial Prison

Old prisons are prime spots for paranormal activity and the Yuma Territorial Prison is no exception. The two most haunted locations on the grounds are said to be the visitors’ museum and an especially creepy spot known as the Dark Cell where prisoners were often confined for days on end. Many visitors who have crossed the threshold to take a closer look report feeling anxious and some have even reported feeling a pinch or two. The spook within the Dark Cell is attracted to the color red and small children. Meanwhile, in the museum, employees claim to hear a woman singing in the early morning hours. The museum is also home to a poltergeist that plays with money and is particularly fond of dimes.

Go if you dare, but if you find yourself in any of these creepy landmarks, do not be surprised if you run into an otherworldly visitor or two.

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What Casino Games Have The Best Odds?

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A vacation at Vegas is nothing if you are not visiting the casinos, placing the bets and trying out your luck. Or, at least that is how most people feel. However, it is also a fact that many of these happy-go-lucky adventures have a very poor knowledge of things such as edges, house percentages and the best and the poorest odds.

So, what most do is they stick to slot machines and give the tables a miss. However, this is the biggest mistake you can commit if you are really eager to win some money. The truth of the matter is that the house percentages are far lower in most common table game situations as compared to slots. Yes, if you are not a seasoned poker player, you should not jump on a Texas Hold’Em table since chances are you will be easily outwitted by experienced players—for POKER IS TOUGH.

Casino Games with the Best Odds: Blackjack, Craps, Roulette

Yes, these are the games where you stand the best chances of winning. In Blackjack, for example, you play only against the dealer and the house has only a negligible 1% edge over the player. The rules of playing the game are fairly easy and there are scores of internet sites where you can do some preliminary research and even get a bit of a practice under your belt before you hit the table for real.

The same goes for Craps. All those shoes or boxes, we agree, may come appear a bit intimidating to a first-timer. But once you know the rules, playing the game is really easy. And, bets are almost 50-50, so little house edge again.

As for Roulette, as long as you are playing reds or blacks, the house enjoys an edge, but a very slim one, owing to the green 0 and 00 slots which are common to all American wheels. You can also place your bet on a single number and if you win, you will be paid out 36 to 1. However, we strongly advise against going for fancy roulette combinations. They may appear tempting in many cases, but in reality, the house enjoys a high edge on most of those combinations.

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