There are many wonderful places located throughout Nevada, some of which are highly underrated. Unfortunately, many places don’t receive the same amount of attention others do. The attention that many do receive is mostly from locals, not out-of-towners. Listed below are 12 underrated places in Nevada that every out-of-towner should check out.
1. Pioneer Saloon - Goodsprings, Nevada
The Pioneer Saloon is a historic landmark that's been serving up sodas, suds and shots since 1913. This saloon has also been featured in many movies and television shows. (310 W Spring St.)
2. Valley of Fire State Park - Overton, Nevada
Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park. It features endless hiking trails and incredible sandstone formations that were created by dinosaurs. (29450 Valley of Fire Rd.)
3. Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge - Amargosa Valley, Nevada
Established in 1984, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is the largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert. It protects nearly 30 species of plants and animals. (610 Spring Meadows Rd.)
4. Tonopah, Nevada
Tonopah, Nevada is the perfect place to take an out-of-towner stargazing. As a matter of fact, this Nevada town was rated the #1 stargazing destination in America by USA Today.
5. National Atomic Testing Museum - Las Vegas, Nevada
The National Atomic Testing Museum is an interesting science, history and educational institution that shares the story of America's nuclear weapons program at the Nevada Test Site. This museum has some of the greatest exhibits! (755 E Flamingo Rd.)
6. Lehman Caves - Baker, Nevada
Lehman Caves is located within the Great Basin National Park and features more than 300 rare shield formations. Cave tours are offered daily.
7. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe was founded nearly two million years ago and is North America's largest Alpine Lake. Two of its main attractions are Sand Harbor and Bonsai Rock, (both pictured above.)
8. Genoa, Nevada
Genoa was founded in 1851, making it Nevada's oldest town. Two of Genoa's main attractions include the Genoa Courthouse Museum and Mormon Station Memorial Park. If you're going to show an out-of-towner around Nevada, a visit to the Silver State's oldest town is a must.
9. Lake Mead National Recreation Area
The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona. It offers several recreational activities, including boating, fishing, swimming and hiking.
10. Cathedral Gorge State Park - Panaca, Nevada
In 1935, Cathedral Gorge State Park was established as one of Nevada's four original parks. Park visitors have the opportunity to enjoy different types of recreational activities, including hiking, camping and exploring the slot canyons. (111 Cathedral Gorge State Park Rd.)
11. Rachel, Nevada
Rachel, Nevada is located along the Extraterrestrial Highway and is the perfect place to take an out-of-towner if they're a UFO enthusiast. The main attraction in Rachel is the Little A'Le'Inn.
12. Fort Churchill State Historic Park - Silver Springs, Nevada
Fort Churchill State Historic Park preserves the remains of a U.S. Army fort and a way station on the Pony Express and Central Overland Routes that date back to the 1860s. Hiking, camping, picnicking, photography and canoeing are just a few of the activities enjoyed by park visitors. (10000 US Hwy 95A N)
What other wonderful places in Nevada do you consider to be underrated? Share them with us in the comments below!