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Best Things to Do in Nevada

Nevada is for doers.

From the glitz of Las Vegas to the sweeping vistas of Great Basin National Park, Nevada is a vast and varied landscape of anything and everything. And it’s all yours to explore. Sure, you can ask Siri or Alexa, “What are some fun things to do in Nevada?” But the Silver State knows best.

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Outdoor Recreation

With more than 60 million acres of public land—the most in the Lower 48—there’s plenty of space for your Nevada activities. From striking desertscapes to forested mountain slopes, you could spend one day paddleboarding the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe and the next scrambling over the fiery landscapes of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. Whether you’re in the mood for hiking, camping, or hot springing beneath the stars, Nevada’s boundless wilderness beckons. Hiking & Backpacking Fishing Rock Climbing

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The Best Things to See in Nevada

We don’t mean to boast, but…

Compared to the rest of the states—even its neighbors—Nevada’s always stood out from the pack. And not just because of our boulevards shimmering with miles of neon or our wild-at-heart spirit. At Burning Man, you can build a whole city in the Black Rock Desert only to tear it all down 10 days later. You can visit Nevada’s real underground spots—like the Gothic Palace inside Lehman Caves. You can stay at a clown-themed motel and hunt for ghosts in the cemetery next door. Craving something different? Find out what we really mean when we call this place curiously uncommon.

Stargaze Under Ancient Trees

Nevada boasts some of the darkest (and therefore brightest) skies in the country. Great Basin National Park is home to nationally recognized stargazing spots dotted with 5,000-year-old ancient bristlecone pines, so whether you’re looking down at the earth or up at the skies, you’re going to have a great view.

More Ghost Towns Than “Living” Ones

With 600+ ghost towns, Nevada has more historic mining camps and bygone boomtowns than actual populated cities and communities. That’s reason enough to grab your map, drop a gear…and disappear.

Extraterrestrial Sights and UFO Flights

In Nevada, you can have a plate full of eggs and sausage in the morning and a saucer full of little green men in the evening. Home to Area 51 and the E.T. Highway, Nevada is the place to be for all the galaxy’s outsiders, making it the perfect stop if your trip needs something a little extra (terrestrial).

Most Mountainous State in the Lower 48

Nevada is more than stunning desertscapes and definitely far from flat. More than 300 mountain ranges rise across the state, earning us bragging rights as the most mountainous state in the contiguous United States. Of those ranges, 42 named summits climb to 11,000+ feet, and eight of the nation’s 128 ultra-prominent peaks scrape those skies right here in the Silver State.