Nevada January 16, 2017
Everyone From Nevada Should Take These 7 Awesome Vacations
There’s so much to see and do in Nevada that you don’t even to go far from home for a fun vacation. Most of these trips can even be done in one weekend! Here are 7 vacation ideas that make amazing vacation spots.
Reno is the third largest city in Nevada and the usual picture out-of-towners get in their head is a city full of gambling halls. While you can definitely gamble to your heart's content in Reno, it's also has some lovely natural areas, fascinating museums and cultural institutions and a fantastic downtown area along the Truckee River. When you visit, consider taking a long walk along the Truckee River, which you can start among the shops and dining establishments in downtown Reno and take you into more open territory. Residents even enjoy spots in the river such as swimming and kayaking. It's also a beautiful spot place to find a picnic spot, and there are several well maintained parks along the river path such as Idlewild. You can learn more about the river district at their
And then how about a walking tour of historical Reno? You can
a historical walking tour app that will take you throughout the city's districts to see such sites as the Atcheson House, Southside Fire Station and the Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad Depot. The Depot, built in 1910, has now been renovated as an upscale brewery where you can enjoy a meal after your tour.
2. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe has so many things to do it's hard to just list a few. Aside from lake activities like boating, fishing, and swimming, there's some beautiful hiking around the lake with stunning scenic views, making this area much loved by nature photographers. One favorite spot to visit is the Thunderbird Lodge National Historic Site. You can take a tour of the property right on the lake several days a week. For information go to the lodge
Enjoy hiking around the property or a walk along the lake. If you happen to make your vacation in the winter, the Diamond Peak Ski Resort offers world class skiing with trails for beginners through advanced and you can rent equipment as well! Ski along well-groomed trails while gazing out onto the scenic vista of the lake below.
3. Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is one of the great engineering marvels of the world and you'll be amazed by not only the history and mechanics of the structure, but also by the incredible scenic views and all the art deco touches around the structure. After a visit to the dam, you can enjoy a day in Boulder City which has some delightful small restaurants and shops. For something different, try a kayak tour! You can take a 7 hour tour all year long that goes around the dam area and to Sauna and Emerald Caves. You'll enjoy views of historical sites and lots of wildlife. For an unforgettable experience, contact
about their various tour options around the dam and Lake Mead area.
4. Historical Towns: Virginia City and Carson City
How about a vacation tour across two of Nevada's cities known for their place in the history of the state? If you are a lover of all things "Old West" then you'll enjoy a weekend scouting through the historical streets of Virginia City and Carson City. In Virginia City, you can visit a town that looks much the same as it did back during the Comstock Lode days, with vintage establishments such as the Delta Saloon, Piper's Opera House and St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church. Take a ride on the
Virginia and Truckee Railroad
and relive the days of travelers, settlers and miners. The move on to Carson City, the capital of Nevada, with its many historical buildings still in use today. There's the state Capitol building, the Governor's Mansion, and the Kit Carson Trail heritage walk. Visit the
. a lovely restored mansion from the late 1800's in a beautiful park.
5. Las Vegas
Las Vegas is one of the most visited cities in the U.S. and usually it's for the gambling and other entertainment you can find on the Las Vegas Strip. But there are many ways to enjoy Las Vegas, which has lots of cultural attractions and beautiful natural spaces. How about a helicopter tour at night over the city? View all of the lights of the Strip in a uniquely compelling way.
Maverick Helicopter Tours
will take you above the city at night for an unforgettable trip. And then take a ride through Red Rock Canyon Natural Conservation Area, just 15 miles outside of Las Vegas. Become like the cowboys and cowgals of days past atop a trusty mount and experience the stunning red cliffs for yourself. You can even take a
Sunset Dinner Ride
that ends the trail with a delicious BBQ.
6. Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park is an exquisitely beautiful treasure in eastern Nevada that is perfect for the outdoor recreation lover. You can chose to camp or stay at lodging nearby and enjoy a few days in the peaceful splendor the park. At night, the park has some of the most incredible skies for star gazing. During the day, you can visit any of the many hiking trails. Take a walk down into the Lehman Caves on a guided tour to see this eerie environment underground. Reserve a tour ahead of time at the
website. If you're looking for a hiking recommendation, there are many alpine lakes in the park and Teresa Lake is stunningly beautiful. You can hike around the lake and enjoy the cliffs and aspen forests, or stop for a picnic and commune with this little slice of nature heaven in Nevada.
Big Bend of the Colorado is the latest state park in Nevada and it's situated on the Colorado River within 5 miles of Laughlin. If you love camping, there are 24 sites with full hookups and tons to do. Picnic by the river on one of the many tables provided, take a hike, enjoy boating or go for a swim. You can also visit the nearby Davis Dam. You can make a stop in Laughlin and enjoy the several casinos and restaurants there, and then move on to Grapevine Canyon with some incredible hiking. Walk along a fresh water spring which leads to some lovely plant life and see petroglyphs from ages past still visible on the cliffs. If you're lucky you may also see some wild desert bighorn sheep hanging out in the canyon. Christmas Tree Pass is another favorite destination, though it really requires a 4 wheel drive vehicle to pass all the way through.
Have you visited any of these vacation spots? Where do you recommend people vacation in Nevada? Share in the comments!