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.
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.
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.
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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