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Beautiful blue Lake Tahoe with mountains framing the horizon

Las Vegas is probably the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Nevada. After all, Las Vegas is the one place in Nevada that is often featured on TV, in the movies, and even in books and comics. Las Vegas is a city of lights in the middle of the desert, drawing millions of tourists every year for the attractions it holds.

Of course, no matter how popular a destination Las Vegas is, there is more to Nevada than this city. You can say that Nevada is a land of contrasts. We have, on one hand, the densely populated Las Vegas metropolis against the largely unoccupied desert that makes up the state. And though Nevada is largely a desert, with most of its territory located in the Great Basin and its southern portion considered to be part of the Mojave Desert, to the west you will find Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in the North American continent. Additionally, the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains from which the state got its name towers from the west.

Nevada is more than the city of leisure that is Las Vegas. The land is wild and untamed outside the city's boundaries, and exploring that wilderness is definitely worth your while.

Top Nevada Attractions

Throughout Nevada

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest - Covering 6.3 million acres, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is the largest national forest in the US excluding Alaska. It is a popular spot for hiking and fishing, as well as for winter sports.
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Campgrounds.

Reno, Tahoe Region

Central Nevada

  • Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park - This has two main attractions; 1) Berlin, a turn-of-the-century mining town, is preserved in a state of arrested decay. A trail through the town site tells the story of Berlin and its mine. 2) Remains of Ichthyosaurs, ancient giant marine reptiles are on display at the park's Fossil House. They swam in a warm ocean covering central Nevada 225 million years ago. Allow 1.5 hours minimum.
    Stay at the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park or at nearby Toiyabe National Forest Columbine Campground.
  • Eureka - This is one's the best preserved mining towns in Nevada. It's buildings include an old newspaper office (now a museum), an 1880's opera house, and all fully restored courthouse that is in use today.
    Eureka Campgrounds and RV Parks.

Eastern Nevada

Las Vegas Region

Nevada Must See Events

January

March

April

May

June

  • Reno Rodeo, Reno - Considered to be the "wildest, richest rodeo in the West," Reno Rodeo is a ten-day event attracting thousands of rodeo enthusiasts and is televised across the country.
    Reno campgrounds and RV Parks.

July

August

August / September

  • Burning Man, Black Rock Desert - The Burning Man is an unusual festival where the audience is also the performer. If you attend the Burning Man, be prepared to participate and express yourself, not just to sit and watch. You stay at the event in your RV or tent.

September

  • Reno Air Races, Reno - The National Championship Air Races is the last pylon racing event in the world. 5 days of races with six classes of aircraft from old biplanes to WWII fighters to jets racing around the unique course, anywhere from 50 to 500 feet above the ground flying wing-tip to wing-tip at speeds exceeding 500 miles per hour, it is truly an event not to be missed.
    Reno campgrounds and RV Parks.
  • The Great Reno Balloon Race, Reno - The largest free hot air balloon event in the US, the Great Reno Balloon Race attracts thousands of people who want to witness this colorful spectacle.
    Reno campgrounds and RV Parks.

Nevada Campgrounds and RV Parks

Nevada National Park Campgrounds

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