Nevada February 26, 2019
Here Are 10 Rites-Of-Passage That Every Nevadan Must Experience Once
Let’s be honest. Nevadans are a unique type of people. We’re tough and passionate, but slightly kooky inside as well. Every Nevadan is different but there is one thing that brings us all together: an undying love for Nevada. Additionally, there are certain experiences that almost every Nevadan has probably done at some point. If you haven’t, you’ll want to make sure you do. After all, these 10 rites of passage prove that you’re a real Nevadan. How many have you done?
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. A long drive on the world-famous Extraterrestrial Highway.
Nevada is famous for all sorts of wacky attractions but the Extraterrestrial Highway may be the wackiest. If you live in Nevada but have yet to traverse this famous highway, you'll want to plan a trip pronto. Check out some of our state's best alien-spotting destinations and try your best to not get abducted!
2. An ice-cold dip in the glorious waters of Lake Tahoe.
We may share it with another state, but Lake Tahoe is one of Nevada's greatest wonders. In fact, we love it so much that we are more than willing to brave an icy dip in its notably cold waters. Some would say that a visit to Tahoe just isn't complete without it.
3. Eating at a Las Vegas buffet...and going back for seconds.
If Nevada had a state food, it would probably be "buffets". It's what we're known for, and we do it well. Real Nevadans know how to sniff out a good buffet and aren't afraid to go back for seconds...and thirds...and fourths. Hey, you gotta get your money's worth.
4. Going for a hike in the driest, hottest summer weather.
This is something that all Nevadans do at some point. It's the middle of summer and the temperatures are soaring, but we convince ourselves it's "just a dry heat" and we decide to go out on a hike anyway! A little heat couldn't hurt, right? But every Nevadan knows to bring plenty of water, as well.
5. Getting wild at Burning Man.
It's one of the world's kookiest festivals and there's nothing else like it on this planet. Seeing it for yourself is a must for any Nevadan. 'Nuff said.
6. Spotting a wild mustang in their natural habitat.
Nevadans love wildlife and seeing it always sparks something magical in our souls. Especially if it's one of Nevada's famous wild mustangs. Seeing one of these beautiful creatures is definitely a rite of passage. Once you spot one, you'll never forget the feeling.
7. Soak in a natural hot springs. Bonus points if you skinny dip!
When your state is loaded with amazing hot springs, it could be considered a crime to go your whole life without soaking in one. You just haven't experienced the true beauty of Nevada until you've spent the day soaking in a spring and taking it all in.
8. Go stargazing at Great Basin National Park.
Another notable feature of Nevada is our famous dark skies. There's no better place on earth to look up at the night sky so every Nevadan should make it their duty to take advantage of this fact every once in a while. Great Basin National Park is a great place to do it considering they boast some of the darkest skies in the Silver State.
9. Photograph the Valley of Fire.
We're pretty sure it's a requirement for every Nevadan to have at least a few photos of Valley of Fire on their phone or camera at all times. It's just so photogenic!
10. Celebrating Nevada's birthday on the anniversary of its statehood.
Nevada may be the one state that actually celebrates its "birthday". Every year, Nevadans take part in festivities on Nevada Day—the day that Nevada gained its statehood. Parades and festivals are known to take place on this day, and taking part in the celebrations is simply a must for any Nevada lover.
How many of these rites of passage have you accomplished? What else would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments! If you enjoyed this list, be sure to check out
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