Top 10 Places to Visit in Nevada
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#1 Las Vegas
Las Vegas is worldwide popular city for its resorts, casinos, hotels, shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife. Las Vegas is one of the top destinations in the United States. The major attractions in Las Vegas are the casinos and the hotels located on the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street.
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#2 Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam is located on the Nevada-Arizona border about 30 miles from Las Vegas. About 726 feet tall, Hoover Dam was once the tallest dam in the world. Today Hoover Dam is one of the top area attractions for spectacular views of Hoover Dam and Black Canyon from 890 feet above the Colorado River.
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#3 Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park located south of Overton and northeast of Las Vegas preserve red sandstone formations, the Aztec Sandstone, formed 150 million years ago. These formations often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays. The park also hosts an Annual Atlatl Competition in which participants test their skills with replicas of ancient spears.
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#4 Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located about 15 miles west of Las Vegas and encompasses 195,819 acres within the Mojave Desert. The 13 mile Scenic Drive through Red Rock Canyon provides vehicle access to many of the scenic stops in the area. The road is also popular for bicycle touring. Park activities include hiking, biking, and rock climbing.
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#5 Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park in located in east-central Nevada, near the Utah border. The park is part of dry mountainous region between the Sierra Nevada and the Wasatch Mountains. The park's scenic attraction include Lexington Arch, the Lehman Orchard and Aqueduct, Rhodes Cabin, Stella and Teresa Lakes, and Wheeler Peak Glacier.
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#6 Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake located between California and Nevada. Lying at 6,225 ft, Lake Tahoe is worldwide known for its high elevation. It is a popular tourist destination for recreation activities including skiing, boating, and hiking.
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Known for its casino, Reno is 2nd popular city of Nevada after Las Vegas due to its close proximity to Lake Tahoe and other ski resorts. The city attractions are larger hotel casinos: the Atlantis, the Peppermill and the Grand Sierra Resort. Reno is home to a variety of recreation activities on Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake.
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#8 Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Located in southeastern Nevada, Lake Mead National Recreation Area was America's first and largest national recreation area. The area includes mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. It is perfect place for swim, boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish. You can also see the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave.
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#9 Carson City
Surrounded by mountains, alpine lakes and the Carson River, Carson City offers many historic, cultural, and outdoor attractions. Places to visit include Nevada State Capitol Building, Nevada State Museum, Kings Canyon Waterfall, and Nevada State Railroad Museum.
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Located southeast of Las Vegas, Henderson is the perfect destination for a family getaway at Lake Las Vegas Resort. The area includes three resorts including the Aston MonteLago Village Resort, the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, and the Hilton Lake Las Vegas. The city is just few miles from Las Vegas and is not too far from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.