Summer is coming up quickly and you know what that means. Adventure season is upon us! Have you been brainstorming what types of places you’d like to explore in the upcoming months? Take a look at these 10 epic adventures that every Nevadan should have on their bucket list right now. These adventures will show you the very best of what our state has to offer, and you should make it your mission to do them all.
1. Spend the day on Pyramid Lake.
Pyramid Lake is one of Nevada's most incredible wonders. It appears almost like a mirage in the desert. This beautiful lake is located on the Paiute Indian Reservation and has long been renowned as a recreationist's paradise. The ancient lake is home to some amazing history and it's must-visit for all Nevadans.
2. Explore the Mt. Charleston Wilderness.
It's hard to believe that just outside of the Las Vegas area is one of the most breathtaking wilderness areas in the state. The Mt. Charleston Wilderness Area is a great place to escape from the desert heat. Hiding in the area are some of Nevada's coolest treasures, including the oldest living organisms in the world—Bristlecone Pines.
3. Take a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon may technically be in Arizona, but it would be a crime to ignore the brilliant sightseeing tours that are based out of Nevada. Something that should be near the top of every Nevadan's bucket list is a helicopter tour of one of our world's greatest natural wonders. The view is incredible from above this massive canyon and you have to see it for yourself.
4. Ski or snowboard the fresh powder at Mt. Rose.
Boasting the highest elevation of any Tahoe-based resort, Mt. Rose is heaven on earth for skiers and snowboarders. With dozens of trails to choose from, this place goes to show that Nevada is a premiere destination for desert dwellers
5. Go hiking in the Ruby Mountains.
Northern Nevada is a treasure trove of adventure destinations, including the breathtakingly beautiful Ruby Mountains. Take a day (or several) to explore The Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail where you'll come across plenty of wildlife, lakes, streams, and jaw-dropping scenery.
6. Take a tour of one of the country's greatest man-made wonders.
The Hoover Dam has become such an ingrained part of Nevada tourism that it's easy to forget how magnificent of a place this really is. Considering it was built during the Great Depression, the iconic dam is a testament to man's sense of ingenuity. You haven't lived until you've seen this engineering marvel up close. Pictures just don't do it justice.
7. Lose yourself in the ghost town of Rhyolite.
Rhyolite can best be described as a quintessential ghost town. With crumbling buildings that haven't been inhabited in more than a century, this place is considered one of the best ghost towns in the country. It may look like a movie set, but this place is the real deal. Located 120 miles north of Las Vegas, you could spend hours taking in the serene beauty of this vacant town.
8. Buggy across the massive Sand Mountain.
Sand Mountain Recreation Area is renowned as an off-roading paradise. However, you can still appreciate the beauty of this magnificent dune even if off-roading isn't your thing. After all, this massive mountain is made up of sand from a lake that dried up approximately 9,000 years ago. How amazing is that?
9. Traverse America's Loneliest Road.
America's Loneliest Road isn't as bad as it sounds. In fact, Highway 50 is loaded with all sorts of interesting sights and includes some amazing places to stop along the way. The historic towns of Ely, Fallon, Austin, Eureka, and more make for great places to get out and stretch your legs along the highway.
10. Get lost in the beauty of Great Basin National Park.
Great Basin National Park is one of the most underrated parks in the country. It's Nevada's largest national park but it doesn't maintain the attendance of more well-known parks in surrounding states. Well, that's just fine with us. It's the quiet, serene nature of the park that makes this place such a heavenly destination. You could spend days on end soaking up the natural beauty that Great Basin has to offer.