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Beyond the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas lies a world of adventure, history, and natural beauty waiting for visitors to discover in the 'Silver State' of Nevada.

About Nevada

Nevada gets its name from the Sierra Nevada.

Visitors to Nevada can explore the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe, experience the excitement of Las Vegas, or discover the rich history of its ghost towns.

Nevada is also known as the Silver State, because of its large silver mine industries.

States neighbouring Nevada: California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Arizona.

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Map of Nevada

Map of Nevada

Nevada is known for its diverse geography, which includes deserts, mountain ranges, and vast open spaces.

The state capital of Nevada is Carson City.

Nevada Overview

Nevada is a state located in the western United States.

Nevada is bordered by Oregon to the north-west, Idaho to the north-east, California to the west, Arizona to the south-east, and Utah to the east.

Nevada's distinct blend of natural beauty, entertainment, and unique attractions make it an intriguing state to explore.

Area 51

The highly secretive United States Air Force facility is located in a remote part of southern Nevada.

Area 51 has captivated the public's imagination due to numerous conspiracy theories and alleged extraterrestrial activities.

Capital and Major Cities

The capital of Nevada is Carson City, while the largest city is Las Vegas; which is internationally renowned for its entertainment, nightlife, and casinos.

Other significant cities in Nevada include Reno, Henderson, and North Las Vegas.


Nevada's economy has traditionally been based around the mining industry; particularly the mining of gold and silver.

However, the state's most significant economic driver now is tourism; especially in Las Vegas, where visitors flock to experience the city's vibrant entertainment industry, world-class resorts, and casinos.

Outdoor recreation, including hiking, skiing, and boating, also contributes to the economy, particularly in areas like Lake Tahoe and the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.


Nevada's education system includes several universities and colleges.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) are the state's two largest public research institutions.

Gambling and Entertainment

Nevada is famous for its lenient gambling laws and is home to numerous casinos and resorts.

Las Vegas, often called the 'Entertainment Capital of the World', attracts millions of visitors each year with its extravagant shows, live performances, and high-profile events.


Nevada is predominantly arid and characterised by desert landscapes.

The Mojave Desert covers the southern part of the state, while the Great Basin Desert occupies the central and northern regions.

The Sierra Nevada mountain range stretches along the western border, including the well-known Lake Tahoe, which is partially located in Nevada.

Legalised Activities

Nevada is one of the few states in the U.S. where certain activities, such as gambling and prostitution in specific counties, are legally permitted.

The state also legalised recreational marijuana in 2017.

Nickname and Motto

Nevada is often referred to as the 'Silver State' due to its historical importance in silver mining.

Nevada's motto is 'All for Our Country'.

Outdoor Recreation

Nevada offers a variety of outdoor activities for nature enthusiasts.

The state has several national parks, including Great Basin National Park, Death Valley National Park (partially in California), and parts of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

These areas provide opportunities for camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing.

Unique Attractions

Besides Las Vegas, Nevada offers other unique attractions, such as the Hoover Dam, which provides hydroelectric power and is a popular tourist destination.

The Valley of Fire State Park showcases stunning red sandstone formations, and the Extraterrestrial Highway (Nevada State Route 375) takes travellers through the heart of the state's UFO lore.

Visiting Nevada

Nevada is famous for its vibrant cities, desert landscapes, and world-renowned entertainment options.

From the glittering lights of Las Vegas to the natural wonders of the Great Basin National Park, Nevada offers a diverse range of attractions and activities.

Nevada Highlights

Nevada offers a unique blend of natural beauty and exciting entertainment, making it a captivating destination for visitors.

Apart from the casinos, tourists can also visit Old West ghost towns, and abandoned gold and silver mines.

Great Basin National Park

Experience the tranquility of the Great Basin National Park, located in eastern Nevada.

This remote park features diverse ecosystems, including ancient bristlecone pine forests, limestone caves, and the beautiful Lehman Caves.

Explore the park's hiking trails, camp under the starry sky, and witness the unique natural beauty of the region.

Hoover Dam

Located on the border of Nevada and Arizona, the Hoover Dam is a marvel of engineering and a must-see attraction.

Take a guided tour to learn about its construction and significance in providing electricity and water to the region.

The dam's massive size and picturesque surroundings make it an impressive sight.

Lake Tahoe

If you're a nature enthusiast, head to Lake Tahoe; a stunning alpine lake situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The crystal-clear waters, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, offer opportunities for swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking.

In winter, Tahoe transforms into a popular ski destination with several world-class resorts.

Las Vegas

Start your Nevada adventure in Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world.

Explore the iconic Las Vegas Strip, which is lined with extravagant resorts, casinos, and entertainment venues.

Enjoy world-class shows, try your luck at the casinos, and indulge in gourmet dining and shopping experiences.

Don't miss the spectacular fountain show at the Bellagio or the High Roller Observation Wheel for panoramic views of the city.

Nevada State Museum

Located in Carson City, the Nevada State Museum showcases the rich history and culture of the state.

Learn about Nevada's mining heritage, Native American history, and the famous Comstock Lode.

The museum also features exhibits on the flora and fauna of the region, including a mammoth skeleton.


Known as 'The Biggest Little City in the World', Reno offers a vibrant casino scene, entertainment options, and outdoor activities.

Stroll along the Riverwalk District, try your luck at the casinos, catch a show or concert, or venture into the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains for hiking, skiing, or mountain biking.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe crosses the boundary between California and Nevada, at an altitude of about 1,897 m. On its shores are tourist resorts and state recreation areas.

Where to Stay in Lake Tahoe

Bally's Lake Tahoe Casino and Resort

Bally's Lake Tahoe Casino & Resort

Bally's Lake Tahoe Casino Resort: 55 Highway 50, Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Hit the jackpot with exclusive offers; from discounts on room rates to dining credits and extra perks you won't find at any other hotels.

Formerly the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, Bally's Lake Tahoe Casino Resort still overlooks Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Hotels in Lake Tahoe.

Carson City

The Washoe and Paiute tribes were already here when a trading post was set up in 1851. Silver was discovered in the nearby Comstock Lode and the Carson City silver dollar was born.

Map of Carson City

Map of Carson City

Carson City thrives on tourism.

Around Nevada

The excitement capital of the world; especially if you win.

The gambling centres of Reno and Las Vegas is what attracts most visitors to Nevada; even the Greyhound from San Francisco to Salt Lake City and Denver stops at Reno for enough time to let you play the slots; if you're over 21.

Apart from the distractions of the casinos and neon in Las Vegas and Reno, there are also some scenic attractions in Nevada.

Lake Mead.

Hoover Dam straddles Nevada and Arizona. The colossus concrete structure holds back the Colorado River, and creates a man-made lake.

A number of historical sites also survive in Nevada: An 1868 mansion in Virginia City is known as the Castle; the Mormon Station Historic State Monument is in Genoa; and you can visit Fort Churchill Historic State Monument in Yerington.

Nevada Museums

Many of Nevada's museums exhibit Native American crafts and artefacts and relics from the early mining days.

Among these are the Nevada State Museum, in Carson City; North-eastern Nevada Museum, in Elko; and the Nevada Historical Society, in Reno.

Travel Nevada.

Visit Nevada for the golden-hour ghost towns, intriguing attractions and far-out art; stay for the cafe classics, sagebrush saloons, and surprising scenery.

Nevada offers let’s-see-what-happens adventure everywhere you look, and touring Nevada is the best way to explore it.

Nevada Ghost Towns

When silver mining was no longer profitable in Nevada, the people moved out. You can find at least twenty of these historic ghost towns between Lake Tahoe and Salt Lake City, and there are many more around Nevada.

Nevada Desert

The desert area is known as Death Valley, and it holds the record of the hottest temperature ever recorded in North America, a sweltering 57º C, in 1913.

Death Valley National Park, in south-western Nevada and south-eastern California, is the largest in the adjoining United States.

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