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Nevada

The Silver State

Overview

The Silver State of Nevada is a state of contrasts. From the neon lights, glitzy casinos and glamorous clubs of Las Vegas to the captivating Western towns and mesmerising parks of Northern Nevada, the diversity of the state is jaw dropping.

Nicknamed the Silver State, Nevada’s past is rooted in mining. In 1849 gold was discovered in a stream near Dayton, which later led to the discovery of silver in the Comstock Lode in 1859. Today, most people think of the bright lights of Las Vegas and Reno or the endlessly long drive down Interstate 80 when you mention Nevada. Yet beyond the crowds and hedonism of sin city, this surprising state is full of beautiful, scenic and incredibly remote areas.

Snow-capped mountains, vast meadows, sprawling valleys and deep canyons are waiting to be discovered in Nevada. From the tranquillity of Lake Tahoe and Lake Mead, with its monumental Hoover Dam, to a journey along the Loneliest Road - part of the old Pony Express Trail across the North of the state - you’ll learn how stunning Nevada's natural beauty is.

Things to do

Holidays

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Popular Nevada holiday ideas

  • Bellagio

    from £49

    The Bellagio Hotel offers the ultimate Las Vegas experience, luxurious throughout with exquisite attention to detail and amazing amenities.

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    Circus Circus Hotel

    from £25

    Circus Circus is a huge hotel with fantastic amenities and a great location on the main Las Vegas strip.

    Rooms are spacious and elegant, spread...see more

  • Elara, A Hilton Grand Vacation Resort

    from £58

    The Hilton Elara is a stylish hotel with a great position in the centre of the main Las Vegas Strip.

    Rooms are contemporary and spacious, with...see more

  • Excalibur Hotel & Casino

    from £16

    The Excalibur Hotel is a large castle-themed resort with an excellent position on the main strip.

    Choose from a traditional style room or elegant...see more

  • Luxor Hotel & Casino

    from £16

    The Luxor Hotel is an amazing and distinctive resort – the iconic hotel is shaped like a pyramid and is guarded by a huge Sphinx in the centre of...see more

  • Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas

    Tropicana, Las Vegas

    from £23

    The Tropicana is a fresh and modern hotel with a great beach-resort style and a good location on the main Las Vegas strip.

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  • Forever West

    from £939

    Energetic cities and spectacular scenery are your travelling companions on this exciting escorted journey through America’s legendary west coast....see more

  • National Parks Explorer

    from £1,469

    America’s southwest is a mouthwatering concentration of mesmerizing and diverse scenery - some of the world’s finest and our mission on this...see more

Top tips

Top tips for visiting Nevada

Top Tip 1

The urban areas, consisting of the Reno and Las Vegas areas, are heavily dependent on tourism and thus very welcoming to outsiders. In addition, these areas have seen a huge influx of immigration in recent years from both inside and outside the USA and thus have a cosmopolitan feel. In a gambling town, everyone's your friend as long as you have money!

Top Tip 2

Rural - Rural folk in Nevada have an easy going nature and a tolerance of people that they don't feel threatened by. Some rural areas have significant populations of Native American peoples, mainly Paiute and Shoshone. Visitors to Pyramid Lake should know that any recreational use of the Lake and the reservation land around it require permits. Tribal police spot-check vehicles and hikers for this paperwork and will issue tickets bearing significant fines if proof of payment cannot be produced.

Top Tip 3

Language - English is the official language of Nevada but Spanish is also widely spoken. Like much of the southwest, Nevada was heavily influenced by the language, Hispanic culture and history under Spanish and Mexican rule. Tagalog is also spoken among Filipino populations

Top Tip 4

Desert travel - There's an awful lot of desert to explore in Nevada and it's very easy to leave civilization behind. While that is a worthy goal, common sense is necessary to avoid life-threatening situations.

Top Tip 5

What to Drive: Vehicle breakdown and getting stuck are the easiest ways to get into serious trouble in the desert. Don't travel far from the pavement in a low-clearance vehicle. Four-wheel drive is strongly recommended for the winter months and is advised for unpaved mountain roads anytime. It is best to travel in a convoy of multiple vehicles, so that one breakdown will not strand you. Gas stations are few and far between, and often not open around the clock, so it is a good idea to carry extra fuel. If you do break down or run out of fuel, your best bet is to stay with the vehicle - unless you're within 10 miles or so of civilization – and wait for someone to come by.

Top Tip 6

Weather: Most of Nevada is cold desert above 4,000'/1,300m elevation with summer daytime temperatures around 85F/30C and nights cooling sharply to 50°F/10°C. Winter temperatures are more variable and can drop far below zero. Lower elevations in the Las Vegas area create hot desert with summer daytime temperatures consistently above 100°F/40°C and little night time relief, but pleasant winters.

Top Tip 7

• Carry extra clothing, sleeping bags and tyre chains between October and April and remember that occasional snowstorms are possible above 4,000 feet/1,300metres as late as June. Summer thunderstorms can be locally intense, causing flash-floods where roads cross normally-dry washes. Wear a hat, long shirt, long trousers, sunblock and drink plenty of water to avoid heat stroke and sunburn in the summer.

Gallery

Nevada is incredible, and not just home to Las Vegas The state offers awe-inspiring desert mountain landscapes Warm weather year round A real authentic American experience Fly direct to Las Vegas in 10 hours

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