Nevada is the most mountainous and driest state in the United States. The word ‘Nevada’ roughly means ‘snow-capped,’ which refers to the state’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. About three-quarters of the gold mined in the U.S. comes from Nevada. Las Vegas, one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations, is also in Nevada. The state is also home to the Extraterrestrial Highway, which is famous for its frequent extraterrestrial sightings. Keep reading below to gather information on this state and the things you can do as you travel there.
First a little history…
In the early 19th century, Nevada was first considered part of Spain and then Mexico. However, it was not until the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848 that Nevada became a part of the United States. Then, in 1864, Nevada became a state.
Nevada gained fame in the 1850s due to the discovery of the Comstock Lode in the region, which is the richest known silver deposit in the country. The state was also called ‘Silver State’ because of the silver deposit, which strengthened the region’s economy.
Travel Guides for this State
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area
This national recreation area is perfect for people who love the desert and the water. The site offers good views of Lake Mohave and Lake Mead, where tourists have options like boating, fishing, water skiing, sunbathing, and swimming. The highlight of the recreational area is the Boulder Basin on Lake Mead. You will find tourists going for a swim or just sitting on a lawn chair on Boulder Beach and enjoying the views. The area also has campgrounds where you can set up tents or RVs.
Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park is a nature preservation area located northeast of Las Vegas. The drive to the park alone is full of scenic views of the surrounding landscape. The valley has petroglyphs, hiking trails, and stunning red rock formations. The park contains more than 45,000 acres of red Aztec sandstone formed millions of years ago due to shifting dunes.
Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park contains most of the South Snake Mountains and is known for its Lehman caves and 5,000 years old Bristlecone Pine trees. These caves contain the oldest known living non-clonal organisms. The park is also fantastic for stargazing as you will find some of the darkest night skies here.
Fly Ranch Geyser, or Fly Geyser, is a colorful geyser with multiple cones that shoot out hot water to a height of about 6 feet. The geothermal geyser is located on the edge of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Watching the water shoot out of the green and red rock formations is truly a sight!
Mount Charleston is one of the eight highest peaks in Nevada. Near the mountain, you will find the Lee Canyon Ski Resort. Every year during winter, skiers flock here from all over the state. During summer, tourists visit this place to escape the heat of the valley floor. There are also plenty of hiking trails and waterfalls in the vicinity.
Some other notable places:
Las Vegas Bellagio Fountains
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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