Top 10 most beautiful cities in the state of Nevada, USA

11 Best Places to Visit in Nevada

Most people immediately think of Las Vegas when they picture Nevada, and while no list of places to visit in the Silver State would be complete without Sin City, there are many other fabulous places to visit.

Lake Tahoe from Incline Village, Nevada

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Lake Tahoe (hotel rates & photos)

Lake Tahoe is located on the border of Nevada and California. Both sides offer many attractions and outdoor adventures. Gaming takes place in North Lake Tahoe on the Nevada side, which has a casino with 24-hour entertainment, including slot machines, table games and live music. In the summertime, Incline Village is a great place with 55 acres of long sandy beaches, wooded areas and rocky coves. Crystal clear water and interesting rock formations make for outstanding snorkeling and swimming. There are miles and miles of hiking and biking trails in the surrounding mountains. Of course, winter brings some of the best snowboarding on the planet.

Virginia City.

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Virginia City (Prices and Photos)

Virginia City is one of the largest historic areas in the entire country. One of Nevada’s earliest mining towns, it was the opening of Comstock Lode in the late 19th Century that made it a fast-growing metropolis of more than 25,000 residents. At its peak, it was a center for art and culture. Although the population has shrunk somewhat over the years, nothing else has changed. Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the authentic waterfront sidewalks, sip a drink in one of the Oldest West’s many sedans, and even take a stagecoach ride or take a historic train. With 17 museums in town, it’s easy to get into the fascinating history of Virginia City. The Mark Twain Museum celebrates one of its most famous residents, Samuel Clemens, who worked here for a famous newspaper when he began using the pseudonym Mark Twain.

The How It Was Museum offers a journey back in time, telling what daily life was like during Virginia’s heyday. It features Victorian women’s clothing, rare photographs, mineral collections, a fully equipped blacksmith store and more.

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Nevada State Capitol, Carson City

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Carson City (Hotel prices and Photos)

Carson City is the state capital of Nevada, and it offers many opportunities for history buffs. Downtown is the historic Capitol Building with its silver-painted dome, which is open for public tours. There are also a number of museums that showcase history, like the Nevada State Museum and the Nevada State Railroad Museum, where you can learn about the history of trains. If you want to experience them, then take a historic trip to the V & T Railway in nearby Virginia. While Carson City doesn’t have the megas casinos you’ll find in Vegas, it has friendlier Nevada-style games and plenty of dining, shopping and antique options.

Lake Stella, Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park, Baker (Hotel prices and photos)

This national park on Nevada’s eastern border is one of the least visited and most remote national parks in America. It provides an opportunity to enjoy hiking scenic trails that wind through ancient pine forests leading to pristine mountain lakes, often without seeing another soul. There are also the Lehman Caves, a magnificent marble cave richly decorated with stalactites, stalagmites, popcorn, floral stone and more than 300 rare shield formations, which can be visited by taking a guided tour. When stargazing, because of the park’s isolation, the lack of light pollution results in some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States, meteors, countless stars and five planets in the sky after sunset.

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Ely (Hotel prices and photos)

Ely is a veritable Old West town that sprang up a century ago after copper mining began in the area in 1906. Today, it’s still a small town of only 4,000 people, but it offers plenty of activities and entertainment. Find out what it was like to live here in Ely’s early days by visiting the Renaissance Village, which includes eight houses, a barn, an art studio and a department store, all furnished with antiques from the time. Visitors can take a tour and watch historical reenactments. One of the most popular attractions here is the railroad. A number of steam train rides are offered, including special trains such as the Haunted Ghost Train and the Polar Express, which runs during the Christmas holidays.

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Grapevine Canyon Petroglyphs

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Grapevine Canyon Petroglyphs, Laughlin (Hotel prices and photos)

While many people come to Laughlin to enjoy casual gambling in a more casual setting, there’s another reason to visit – Grapevine Canyon Petroglyphs. Located on Spirit Mountain in Grapevine Canyon in the Mojave Desert, this area is surprisingly full of life in drought-free years. A freshwater spring flows from the bottom of the canyon to nourish many plants and animals. As you follow this trail winding along the edge of the grapevine wash, you will see the first panels of petroglyphs when you are near the mouth of the canyon. They are engraved on boulders and rocks on either side. Although their age has not yet been determined, they may be as old as 800 years or as recent as 200 years ago.

Dark starry night in Nevada

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Tonopah (Hotel Prices and Photos)

While Great Basin National Park offers great stargazing, if that’s your goal, you can head to Tonopah. This town, 215 miles north of Las Vegas, claims to be the No. 1 destination in the entire country. It has even mapped out roads known as “star trails,” of which more than 7,000 of them can be seen in the dark night skies, including the Milky Way if it’s a clear moonless night. Such desert environments tend to be where the world’s largest observatories can be found because of the frequent cloudless skies and dry climate.

Alien Highway in Rachel

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Rachel (Hotel Prices and Photos)

If you’re into all things alien, head to Nevada’s secluded 375 Nevada State Highway, AKA, the “Extraterrestrial Highway.” The scenic road winds through many lakes, green valleys and plenty of free-range cattle. It takes you to the quaint town of Rachel, which happens to be home to many alien enthusiasts. It is the only town located along the highway, not far from the gates of Area 51. If you want to stay, Little A’Le’Inn offers alien-themed accommodations, which also includes a bar and gift store. The local watering hole serves as a tourist attraction, and when you stop in for a drink, you’re sure to hear many different interesting stories.

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Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park, Overton (hotel rates, photos)

Valley of Fire State Park is located just an hour from Las Vegas and is an otherworldly place where red sandstone fire formations resemble fire erupting from the desert sands. It was also once a popular graffiti site, some 3,000 years ago. The remaining Native American petroglyphs can still be seen today. The impressive features of the landscape were formed more than 150 million years ago by changing sands, erosion, and moving fault lines. Follow one of the hiking trails to take a closer look at “fire,” ancient trees and fascinating petroglyphs. Between the striking natural beauty and the tranquil quiet, it’s the perfect place to relax when you want to escape the noise and chaos of Vegas.

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Reno (Hotel prices and photos)

Reno is often considered a more affordable alternative to Vegas, and while it may not be as glitzy and glamorous, it has really hit its stride over the last decade, investing more than $1 billion in nightclubs, casino resorts, restaurants, hotels and gaming areas., It also has many high-quality restaurants with local food menus, many outstanding breweries and many interesting museums such as the National Automobile Museum, home to one of the largest collections of vintage cars in the world. It includes horseless carriages, a Cadillac that once belonged to Elvis Presley, a brass Rolls Royce and a 1912 Rambler that appeared in the movie Titanic.

Las Vegas Strip

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Las Vegas (Hotel Prices & Photos)

Las Vegas is a year-round party destination. It’s a place that really needs no introduction, home to many hotels, casino resorts, incredible shows, and wild pool parties. While many people travel here and spend most of their time drinking and gambling, it also provides the opportunity to enjoy some heartwarming activities such as the SkyJump at the Stratosphere Hotel, which is like bungee jumping, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel known as the High Roller, the Big Apple Coaster in New York and New York, and even the opportunity to drive a real race car.

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Nevada as you’ve never seen it

Nevada stretches over a whopping 110,000 square miles – three Indianas or 11 Marylands could fit there. And there are more wild horses and snow rams on those 110,000 square miles than there are people. Alpine lakes, snow-capped mountain ranges, singing sand dunes, art enclaves, surreal rock formations, lush river valleys. It’s better to see it once than to paint this vast landscape in your imagination.

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Black Rock Desert.

Not black, not rock, not exactly desert. These 300,000 acres of northwestern Nevada were once underwater – now made up of dry alkaline plains, narrow canyons and straight mountains (yes, the name is a bit of a misnomer). There are hundreds of miles of historic trails here, though most visitors come for something more modern.

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Great Basin National Park.

The Great Basin is extreme, including extreme diversity. This national park is home to 4,000-foot peaks, ancient trees, limestone caves, glaciers and some of the best stargazing in the world.

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Jarbidge.

It’s a Shoshone word for “devil.” The jury is still out on whether these hills are haunted by a man-eating giant, but between the 100,000+ acres of Jarbidge Wilderness and the old-school mining town of Jarbidge, anything is possible.

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Lake Tahoe.

Mirror water and mountains on all sides? Then you’re looking at a picture of Lake Tahoe. It’s the largest alpine lake in North America – so big that when you see it in its full expansive glory, you can almost detect the Earth’s warp.

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Mount Ruby.

If Gogol had written about Northern Nevada, it would have sounded like this – ridge upon ridge and scenic mountains chase. However, Ruby is unique and in a class of its own. Visitors flock here for the scenery, hiking, horseback riding and hiking. And that’s just in the summer. Once the snow starts to fall, it’s all about heroic skiing, which is best accessed by helicopter.

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Carson Valley.

Just south of the capital (this is Carson City, not Las Vegas) is Carson Valley, the wildest side of the legislative center. The Carson River is your compass here, while the Sierra Nevada will never rise above you.

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Virginia City.

Welcome to the original boom town. At least for silver. Comstock Road was discovered here in 1859, and the city of Virginia City materialized around it. For the next 40 years, local silver mines financed a boom on the West Coast, and today the town is one of the most legendary in America. Its motto? “Step back in time.”

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Sandy Mountain Recreation Area.

When Lake Lahontan dried up 9,000 years ago, this coastal property became an off-road paradise. Sand Mountain, literally a mountain of sand, is open to your feet, your bike and your (off-road) vehicle.

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Weird Nevada.

That phrase is not superfluous. Where else will you find a “forest” of cars? A clown motel? A mountain made of … junk? Aliens, ghost towns and just plain old Las Vegas?

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Graffiti in Reno.

There are more than 80 murals in downtown Reno, and that’s as of this writing. The braggiest little city has experienced an artistic renaissance, and nowhere is that clearer than in its alleys. Grab the companion Nevada graffiti app and get searching.

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The loneliest road in America.

Highway 50 divides the country in two, stretching from Sacramento to Ocean City, Maryland, but only in Nevada can you drive it for hours on end without seeing a drop of civilization. LIFE Magazine gave it that name, but everyone else knows that even if the open road is lonely, it’s still king.

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