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Nevada travel guide

About Nevada

Desolate plains, extensive deserts, stunning mountain ranges, scenic highways, thrilling ski resorts and devilish gambling meccas: welcome to Nevada.

Think of this state and most likely it’s the neon lights and notorious debauchery of Las Vegas that comes to mind. The world’s premier gambling hotspot, Vegas isn’t nicknamed ‘Sin City’ for nothing. Recklessly gamble away those dollars in one of the many super casinos on the Strip, get married on an impulse, or saunter off to a strip show, safe in the knowledge that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

The state has much more to offer, though. You can find ‘the Biggest Little City in the World’, Reno. A fascinating metropolis, it has all the gambling attractions of Vegas plus a thrilling white-water park and quick access to a host of outdoor pursuits amid blockbuster scenery.

The state capital Carson City is an authentic, small-town stopover, boasting interesting museums, unique antique shopping and an impressive Capitol Building with silver-painted cupola.

Jump aboard the V&T Railroad in Virginia City for a trip back to the 1800s. And don’t miss the spectacular beauty of nearby Lake Tahoe, an expansive, glistening lake along the border with California. It’s heaven for kayakers, hikers, windsurfers and swimmers, not to mention skiers, who have more than a dozen ski resorts to choose from in the winter.

If you fancy hitting the highway, take a trip down US Route 50, the so-called Loneliest Road in America, which offers one of the last opportunities to experience the Old West. Head further south and you can trace the story of Nevada's rich mining heritage. And within staggering distance of the Strip, don’t miss the dramatic forms and vivid hues of Red Rock Canyon.

Key facts

Area:

286,349 sq km (110,560 sq miles).

Population:

2.9 million (2015).

Population density:

10 per sq km.

Capital:

Carson City.

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