Traveling in Nevada
I’ve been to Nevada six times now which includes four trips to Las Vegas, three trips to Lake Tahoe, and some stops during road trips. Only on my last two trips did I do any real photography when I revisited Vegas and Lake Tahoe. Nevada is a great state to visit for its natural beauty, skiing, and of course the casinos and night life in Las Vegas and Reno. For the most part I feel I’ve conquered the state of Nevada, but of course there’s always so much more to do! Maybe next time I return I’ll go back to Lake Tahoe in the winter or I’ll visit some of the mountains and canyons of the north and do some real back country hiking and camping.
In less than fifty years, Las Vegas has risen from a humble railroad town to the entertainment capital of the world. Visitors from all nations come here to enjoy the massive casinos, spectacular night shows, and adult entertainment. Las Vegas is one of the few cities where its attractions are the hotels themselves. People can stay at some of the most luxurious casino resorts on earth while they shop, gamble, drink and find all other sorts of entertainment without even leaving the building.
Also know as “The Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno was the original gambling capital of the United States until it was surpassed by Las Vegas. Even though Reno is no longer the king of casinos and shows, it still is among the top places in the US for gambling and entertainment and remains just as fun today as it did 50 years ago. Most casino’s and restaurants are open 24 7 for non stop partying into the night, while during the day no one should miss the city’s River Walk.
Boundary Peak is in Nevada’s White Mountains, and is the highest point in the state. Although the White mountains are the driest mountain range in the United States, in the winter time they can still receive a good amount of snow and weather. Boundary Peak barely tops 13,000 feet or 4,000 meters, but the large elevation gain here gives way to all kinds of wilderness adventures.
The small capital of Nevada is known as Carson City, founded right on the western border of the state along California. With many other cities like Reno and Las Vegas in the same state, Carson City might seem boring in comparison. Here you can get a lesson about the state from the birthplace of Nevada at the state museum, see a reenacted gunfight, or even catch a camel race. Reno is also very close to Carson City, so a quick day trip is all you should need.
Split in half by Nevada and California, the high altitude Lake Tahoe offers lots of activities both in the summer and during winter. The lake is famous for its turquoise colored waters and scenic mountains that have lots of hiking and some of the best skiing in the country. Around the lake are lots of excellent bars and night clubs where many people partying in the evening after some outdoor adventures in the day.
The Valley of Fire is located less than an hour drive of Las Vegas and boasts brilliantly colored formations of sandstone and sand dunes. The park gets its name because of the way the sun makes the valley appear to be on fire during the early morning hours and during sunset. The Valley of Fire is an excellent place to see some of Nevada’s best scenery and offers a chance to visit part of its vast deserts.