Nevada is perhaps most famously known for being home to the Loneliest Road in America – Route 50, and Las Vegas, one of the top 25 places to visit in the US and most renowned cities around the world.
Having said this, a trip to Nevada doesn’t need to be limited to Las Vegas alone.
In fact, places such as downtown Sparks become the focal point in Nevada with one of the biggest summer events in the state –Hot Augusts Nights.
Then, you have the many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking the Great Basin National Park and experiencing the solitude of the desert, as well as exploring old mining ghost towns such as Osceola.
If you're wondering what Nevada has to offer for a vacation, here it is a list of my favourite places to visit in Nevada that will enjoy exploring:
The city of Reno has a very relaxed atmosphere and shares many similarities with Las Vegas minus the glitz and glamour.
The city of Reno is on my list of interesting places to visit in Nevada because of the superb National Automobile Museum.
If are into vintage autos and have been to other automobile museums such as Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, you’d love exploring the amazing collection at the National Automobile Museum.
You’ll see beautiful restored vehicles from the 30’s all the way to the early 60’s which include a replica “BatMobil” and the famous Bill Harrah's Jerrari.
Another pro about Reno is that it’s just a stone-throw away from California and Lake Tahoe so you get a chance to enjoy fun water activities in the summer or skiing activities during the winter months.
Carson City is also on my list of interesting places to visit in Nevada because of Carson City’s mining heritage and history.
because of this, the city boasts hundreds of 19th century buildings, abandoned shafts and historic sites that you can visit and learn more about the city’s history.
If you do plan on visiting Lake Tahoe from Reno, you may as well include a stop by Carson City since it’s on the way.
Las Vegas is without a doubt, the biggest destination in the state, and one of the most interesting places to visit in Nevada, hands down!
If you’re visiting Las Vegas for a short time you won’t be able to see everything that Las Vegas offers so you’d want to make the most of your time there by heading straight to the most interesting places and attractions. Here it is a top 6 of must-see attractions in Las Vegas:
Insanity the Ride
If you love thrill rides, you’d love dangling over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower to enjoy stunning breathtaking views of Las Vegas.
Fremont Street Experience
The Fremont Street Experience is one of the best places to visit in Las Vegas at night because of the electrifying atmosphere and carnival-like vibe.
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
If you’re in Las Vegas for the first time, you want to check out and photograph one of the most popular landmarks along Las Vegas Strip – the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign”.
Atomic Testing Museum
If you’ve ever wondered about atomic bombs, you’d love paying a visit to the Atomic Testing Museum to learn more about the history of Atomic testing in the states and its consequences.
Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park
If you’re a history buff, and would like to learn more about the history of Las Vegas, the Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park is a great place to do this.
At the historic park, you’ll also see the actual Mormon Fort, which was the first ever structure erected in Las Vegas in 1855.
While in Las Vegas, if you can fit anymore attractions you also don’t want to miss out checking the interesting exhibits such as “Bodies” and “Titanic” at Luxor.
At the “Bodies” exhibit you can learn about human organs and body parts in a fascinating way, while at the “Titanic” exhibit you can see actual items salvaged from the wreck.
The ghost town of Osceola is also on my list of interesting places to visit in Nevada because of Osceola’s fascinating gold mining history.
There are many more ghost towns you can visit in Nevada, but Osceola was actually the last-operating placer mining town in Nevada as well as the place where the largest ever gold-nugget was found in Nevada.
Osceola is located north of the Great Basin National Park, just a few miles from the border with Utah. Today, you can only see a few remaining structures and a cemetery, but it’s worth the visit if you’re within the area.
If you’re traveling to Nevada this autumn and fancy experiencing the leaf-color change, one of the best places to see fall foliage in Nevada is Elko County, located northeast of the state.