A spirit of discovery runs deep in Nevada. Across the state’s adventure-packed northwest, to the metropolitan desert of Las Vegas, unlimited experiences are waiting for you to discover, explore and conquer.
Whether it’s traversing vast expanses of wide-open spaces or joining in something a little more communal like music and art festivals, Nevada’s landscape and culture are tailor-made for cowboys, visionaries, dreamers and doers.
Nevada is full of talented traditional artists, with a long list of galleries and museums to show for it. But for some reason, on US-95 between Las Vegas and Reno, there’s a lot of stuff that’s pretty “out there”… metaphorically and often literally. Which is exactly why we love it. Enough even to sculpt a road trip that will bring you face-to-face with some of the most unique, unrestrained— or shall we say “free-range”—art you may ever encounter.
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Nevada is the only place in the world to call everything from glitz and glamour to vast desert landscapes its own, making it the ideal destination for a holiday that has it all. Try your luck at Las Vegas’ 24-hour casinos or explore the red-hued, rugged rocks at the spectacular Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just minutes from the sparkling lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Whatever you love to do on holiday, take your passions to the next level in this unique destination.
Elko is in the heart of Cowboy Country. Here you can visit the new California Trails Centre, which presents the history of the Gold Rush, Western Migration, Pioneers and the Donner Party. Next visit historic downtown Elko to see amazing saddles and leather creations at Capriola’s Saddle Shop. Experience the sights and sounds of the Western Folklife Centre and learn more of cowboy poetry and song. Just outside Elko, you can head to Lamoille Canyon and drive leisurely up the breathtaking twelve-mile canyon road viewing spectacular vistas, wildlife, flowers, and rushing streams, through the glacially carved canyons of the Ruby Mountains.
Once a vital mining settlement, Virginia City is a gem of the Old West. Spend an afternoon walking the plank boardwalks, browsing the shops and dimly lit saloons, venturing into an old mine (preserved to its original layout) and ride on the Historic V&T Railroad to experience real history.
Genoa was Nevada’s first settlement and a quaint little town, with beautiful scenery and “Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlour” – Genoa Bar and Saloon, which is a key experience. Since 1853 drinks have been served at this bar which has welcomed presidents, actors and famous musicians through the years.
Ride the rails on the Nevada Northern Railway, also known as the Ghost Train. Explore the East Ely Railroad Depot museum and home to Nevada’s Official State Locomotive Engine #40. Don’t miss out on a visit to Renaissance Village. These homes built in 1908 have been restored to portray different ethnic backgrounds and show the diversity of cultures that settled in the area. Follow a detailed map of Ely’s magical outdoor art and you will find masterful works of art from artists around the world who have depicted the history and variety of cultures that shaped this historic mining town.
Carson City, the state capital, is only half an hour south of Reno. Highlights along Main Street include the capitol building, Nevada state museum and Nevada state railroad museum which offers diesel or steam train rides for visitors. Carson City also boasts nine golf courses; whilst nearby Carson valley is home to vast ranches, antique shops and Victoria homes. Tahoe Ridge Winery, one of Nevada’s four wineries, has a tasting room and a restaurant in Carson Valley – a perfect place to stop for some lunch and wine tasting.
Reno, also known as ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’, was the original sin city where, at the beginning of the 20th Century, it gained national notoriety for being the city people came to for gambling, drinking and divorce.
In recent years it has seen something of a cultural resurgence with shopping, galleries and restaurants. Enjoy your stay in Reno at world class spas, browsing the extensive selection of shops, from boutiques to outlet stores, trying out the largest outdoor climbing wall in the world, or visit the National Automobile Museum which features some of the most famous cars from Bill Harrah’s collection.
Explore the vast range of cuisines on offer and enjoy the entertainment in the numerous bars and casinos, before retiring to your hotel room in Reno.
With picture postcard scenery of sparkling crystal clear water reflecting snow clad mountains, Lake Tahoe is the USA’s second-deepest lake and, at 6255ft high, it is also one of the highest-elevation lakes in the country.
Lake Tahoe is a classic American lakeside resort, with log cabins, tall pine trees, soft, yellow sand beaches and a wealth of activities and water sports to keep you entertained.
The north shore is anchored by the town of incline village, which boasts two golf courses, a ski resort, and two lake front hotels. The town of Stateline is situated on the south shore and is known for its large scale casino resorts, Heavenly mountain resort and Edgewood Tahoe Golf course. From South Lake Tahoe, you can board the M.S. Dixie II and enjoy a relaxing cruise, taking in the magnificent views of the azur coloured lake and rugged mountains.
During the summer, Tahoe is perfect for water and beach activities, hiking and bicycling, whilst the winter months turn Tahoe into a skiers’ paradise, with winter sports such as tobogganing and ice skating to fulfil all preferences.