1. Valley of Fire State Park
Our biggest, oldest state park was dedicated in 1935 and encompasses 42,000 acres. Explore the petroglyphs and petrified wood.
2. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is cold, blue and deep---up to 1,645 feet. Canoe or kayak on Tahoe to be part of its serene beauty, or bask on the shores in the sunshine.
3. Ruby Mountains
Ruby Dome sits at an elevation of 11,387 feet. Explore these stunning mountains via bike for a challenging, exhilarating trip.
4. Reno’s Riverwalk
Nature and man-made wonders come together on Reno’s Riverwalk. Walk along the riverwalk, exploring Reno’s shops, restaurants and entertainment. Kayak or canoe on the lively Truckee River.
5. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
This 197,349-acre National Conservation Area offers hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking. Explore the area’s visitor center to learn even more.
6. Mount Charleston
The best way to explore Mount Charleston is via the Mount Charleston Scenic Byway. Hop in your car, or climb on your motorcycle and enjoy the meandering road. Watch for wildlife. More than 25 species are unique to this area.
7. Lake Mead
This gorgeous lake, created by Hoover Dam, covers 247 square miles. It’s the largest reservoir in the entire country. Explore the lake via boat for the very best views.
8. Great Basin National Park
Explore this wild place under the shadow of the gorgeous Wheeler Peak. Find sage, lakes, and bristlecone pines.
9. Floyd Lamb Park
Las Vegas is a city of lights, slots and excess, but just 20 miles from the Strip, you’ll find an oasis of calm, green beauty. Spend some time exploring the four ponds and nature trails, and say hello to the peacocks and geese.
10. Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam is a feat of engineering and a real accomplishment of the Great Depression. (It was completed two years ahead of schedule!) More than one million people tour the dam every year.
11. Las Vegas Strip
Sure, the Las Vegas Strip is full of tourists, but it also offers some of the country’s best restaurants, entertainment and people-watching. Explore it at least once.
12. Lehman Caves National Monument
Explore the stalactites, stalagmites and more than 300 other unique formations at Lehman Caves. For the most thorough visit, take the Grand Palace Tour.
13. Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park
Between 1876 and 1879, the Ward Charcoal Ovens were a big part of the silver boom. Explore the 30-foot-high ovens and learn about this important part of Nevada’s history.
14. Cathedral Gorge State Park
The red cliffs at Cathedral Gorge State Park beg for exploration. Take a hike, or check it out via the scenic overlook. Bring your camera along. The views are stunning.