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When many people think of the Silver State, they think of long stretches of desert. While that is somewhat true, Nevada is actually Spanish for “snow-covered.” The state is diverse in both its climate and its culture. If you’re looking for things to add to your Nevada bucket list, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these top 10 things to do in Nevada.

10. Neon Museum and Boneyard

Neon Museum and Boneyard(image via Flickr)

Las Vegas

As Las Vegas reached its heyday, one of the city’s biggest draws was its use of vibrant neon lights. Many of these colorful signs are preserved in the Neon Museum. Spanning more than six acres, the boneyard is home to over 150 neon signs, all from famous restaurants, casinos, and other attractions.

9. Drive “The Loneliest Road in America”

Drive “The Loneliest Road in America”

U.S. Route 50

U.S. Route 50 stretches the length of the United States, but the famed Nevada portion has been nicknamed “The Loneliest Road in America.” As you look out in any direction, you would swear that you were on another planet. Without any visible buildings or landmarks, it’s easy to drift off into a world of your own thoughts while on this road trip.

8. Rhyolite

Rhyolite

Ghost Town

Started as a mining community in 1904, Rhyolite, Nevada was quickly deserted when the investors pulled out in favor of more promising ventures. Today, you can visit the remains of this ghost town and see what’s left of the abandoned buildings. Rhyolite has served as a filming location for several movies, including The Reward and The Island.

7. Wolf Creek Golf Club

Wolf Creek Golf Club(image via Instagram)

Mesquite

Even if you don’t have a love of the game, you will be able to appreciate the scenic vistas at Wolf Creek Golf Club. However, if you are a golfer, you will love playing this challenging course even more. Either way, this stop in Mesquite rightfully deserves a spot on your itinerary.

6. Fremont Street

Fremont Street(image via Wikimedia)

Las Vegas

What doesn’t Fremont have? There’s a zipline for those who want their hearts to race a little, light shows to wow audiences, and concerts — some are even free! Of course, it’s also Vegas, so the food is delicious. The difficult part is leaving! Just like every other part of Vegas, the day never truly ends.

5. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe(image via Facebook)

Reno

Located just 30 miles outside of Reno, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is Nevada’s premiere ski resort. These breathtaking slopes will prove impressive and accommodating to people at any skill level. Be sure to stay at the Winters Creek Lodge. It, alone, is enough to make you want to extend your stay.

4. Sand Harbor Beach

Sand Harbor Beach(image via Flickr)

Incline Village

You don’t have to go to the coast to have a beach experience. Situated on Lake Tahoe, Sand Harbor offers a chance to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. If you need a more scheduled vacation, the park provides several guided tours. We recommend trying the Lake Tahoe Photography Tour.

3. Pinball Hall of Fame

Pinball Hall of Fame(image via Flickr)

Las Vegas

If it exists, you can find it in Vegas. In 2006, the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club dedicated this museum to their favorite games. The Pinball Hall of Fame is home to more than 400 pinball machines, including some from every period of gaming history. The museum is run by volunteers, with all the proceeds donated to the Salvation Army.

2. Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam(image via Flickr)

Boulder City

No trip to Nevada is complete without seeing the Hoover Dam. A testament to American ingenuity, the Hoover Dam was constructed over the Colorado River during the Great Depression. During the tour, visitors will learn how the dam is able to generate energy for parts of three different states.

1. The High Roller

The High Roller

Las Vegas

Since it opened in 2014, the High Roller has held the title of the world’s largest Ferris wheel. Located on the Las Vegas Strip, this 550-foot-tall attraction can be seen just about anywhere in the city. Be sure to arrive early if you want to ride, as lines can become pretty intense.


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