Go home with more stories than souvenirs!
The spirit of discovery runs deep in Nevada. Whether it is the famed cowboy culture or the wide-open country side, the state offers endless opportunities for adventures that lets your spirits soar high …literally!
The cowboy is symbolic to the state's image, a distinctive social subculture, a unique style of dress and a lifetime's worth of acquired riding skills – on both horse and cattle. When we talk about cowboys in Nevada, it’s about the men and women who ride horses and rope cows. Constantly ranked as one of the Best True Western Towns in the United States, Elko is complete with true cowboy charm. This town is where Nevada’s real cowboys work and play, and the Wild West spirit is catching.
With an exciting past stretching back more than 150 years, it's no wonder that Virginia City, Nevada is one of the country’s largest historical district. Even to this day, Virginia City hasn't changed much from its rough-and-tumble beginnings. The mostly original wooden boardwalk and historic structures like 19th century homes, churches, museums, saloons and cemeteries still remain, allowing visitors to feel like they’ve teleported to another time. Virginia City hosts more than a few special events and parades each year, including the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry, Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks, The Virginia City Grand Prix and Christmas on the Comstock.
A great way to explore the scenic charms of Nevada is to drive through the transcontinental highway, famously known as the Loneliest Road in America on the US route 50. Along the way you can make pit stops for burger-eating challenges, dip into natural hot springs and try your luck to mine garnets along the way. You could make a game of it, grab a copy of the official Highway 50 Survival Guide and get it stamped as you sway through the old mining towns on this highway.
When you trace US route 50 a little more closely, you will find that the highway is the best way to reach one of the most iconic landmarks of Nevada, the scenic Lake Tahoe. It is the nation’s largest alpine lake, 22 by 12 miles of sparkling water surrounded by 72 miles of pristine shoreline. Life moves a little slower on Tahoe’s north shore, where the focus is on celebrating a quiet mountain life. The old Tahoe charm is even reflected in major hotels with modern amenities, like a private beach and a pier equipped with wireless Internet access.
The trip will be incomplete without a visit to the Great Basin National Park, where you can tour the Lehman Caves or hike up 13,063-foot to Wheeler Peak. Nevada’s largest national park is filled with fabulous natural treasures, from spectacular alpine lakes to limestone caverns and even imposing glaciers.
Lace up, strap in and soak in the heart and soul of the American wild west countryside. Experience authentic America, as the silver state of Nevada welcomes you to an unconventional journey like never-before.