Forty million people can't be wrong. That's how many tourists visit Las Vegas, Nevada every year. They come for the casinos, the nightlife, and the Elvis impersonators. They stay for incredible restaurants where top chefs, like Joel Robuchon and Thomas Keller, perform culinary magic every night, for the shopping at fabulous malls and discount outlets, for the eye-catching casino and resort architecture, and for the Nevada hotel deals.
The allure of Las Vegas is so overpowering, many people overlook the fact that Nevada has lots of other vacation attractions. Don't make this mistake yourself! You won't have problems locating Nevada hotels in major population centres like Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe, but if the desert moonscape beckons you, it's advisable to book a cheap Nevada hotel deal in advance.
Straddling the Nevada and California border, Lake Tahoe and its outlet, the Truckee, are perfect places for water sports of every kind. Water ski, paddleboard, and kayak on the lake, or spend a lazy afternoon floating down the river in an inner tube. Explore the beautiful surrounding countryside by mountain bike or on horseback. In the winter, Lake Tahoe is one of the nation's most popular destinations for snow holidays with 15 ski resorts all within easy driving distance of one another.
Want to learn more about Nevada's mining past? Visit Virginia City just north of Tahoe. Thanks to the Comstock silver lode, Virginia City was the wealthiest town in the U.S. for one brief shining moment back in 1859. Today, the silver comes out of tourists' pockets. Stop in at the Bullette Red Light Museum to get up to speed on the history of the world's oldest profession, or visit The Way It Was Museum to learn about mining.
Area 51, the spot in the southwestern Nevada desert where putative aliens landed, is off limits to civilians, but you can take Route 375, dubbed the "Extraterrestrial Highway," right past it. Stock up on alien jerky when you hit the tiny town of Rachel.
If Las Vegas is the diamond in Nevada's crown, then Reno is its glittering red ruby. Nicknamed "The Biggest Little City in the World," Reno is not ashamed to show off its western roots. When you get bored with the casinos, book a walking tour of Reno's historic districts with the Historic Reno Preservation Society.
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