Nevada, More than Just Las Vegas

Mark Behl’s latest post

Over 36 million visitors head to Las Vegas each year to gamble and have an unabashed good time. After all, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. However, there is more to Nevada than its glamorous city. The Silver State is filled with a plethora of natural gems, from scenic Lake Tahoe to the Valley of Fire State Park.

So if you’re planning a trip to Nevada, consider one of these sure to amaze destinations:

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe boasts radiant blue waters and encourages visitors to partake in the natural resources available to them, water and snow sports being the most prominent. One can enjoy boating, swimming, kayaking as well as hiking on the the eastern shore while Lake Tahoe’s South Shore offers a more kitschy atmosphere and some fun casinos. For a more upscale experience, Tahoe’s North Shore is the place to go, especially if gambling is on your vacation to-do list. Apart from popular casinos, such as the Cal Neva Lodge and Tahoe Biltmore, the North Shore also caters to skiers and snowboarders, who can drift down some of Nevada’s most beautiful slopes, including Heavenly Mountain, Mount Rose Ski Tahoe and Diamond Peak.

Valley of Fire State Park

The Valley of Fire State park is located in the Mojave Desert, 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas. It is Nevada’s oldest state park and was established in 1935 in order to preserve ancient drawings of the Anasazi Pueblo tribes. The parks offers many rare plant and animal species including endangered desert tortoises, which you can try to spot in addition to coyotes, kit foxes and rabbits. It is the ideal vacation spot if you’re looking to be outdoorsy. Picnicking, hiking and camping are all absolute musts if you’re going to be visiting the Valley of Fire State Park.


Laughlin is located on the banks of the Colorado River, where Arizona, California and Nevada meet. The neighboring desert is unpopulated, for the most part, which gives the resorts in the area a special and exclusive feel. Laughlin was initially a mining town; the first casinos didn’t open until the 1970’s; however, a lot of resorts have popped up since then including the Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino and the Aquarius Casino Resort. Must see events are the stunning annual fireworks on July 4th and the River Regatta, an event in mid August where thousands of inner tubers float down the river in big embellished costumes.

from Mark Behl | Nevada


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