To all mountaineers out there, welcome to Nevada. As the most mountainous state of the U.S, it is no wonder aliens have made this their hideout spot.
Also, If you are a fan of Western films, Nevada is just the place for you. With saloons, Victorian-style buildings, desert-like appearance, you will feel like you are on the set of a Quintin Tarantino classic.
Las Vegas is Nevada’s main attraction. Take a break from normality by visiting the entertainment capital of the world.
Fun Fact: The oldest human remains ever found in the U.S was discovered in the Hidden Cave in Nevada in 1949. Make sure you check this out on your next trip to Nevada.
Top 5 budget-friendly things to do in Nevada:
When we think of a trip to Nevada, we imagine dazzling lights, luxurious hotels, poker tables and eventually a dent in your pocket. Here is our selection of top things to do in Nevada while on a budget.
The Hoover dam, built between 1931 and 1936, is perfect for water activities. The water activities encompass kayaking, boating and swimming. If getting wet is not your thing, you can preferably tour the dam or visit Boulder City.
Boulder City is part of the Hoover dam. Here, you can grab a bite, relax, or do some urban exploration.
Learn how to take down a mob, experience a firearm training simulator, crime lab, and more at the Mob Museum. This museum offers its visitors a peek into a life of organized crime. You can learn about the history and the impact of Mob organizations in America.
The Neon Museum houses preserved signs from old casinos and businesses. When you visit the museum, you get a nostalgic sense of a Sin City from the past. A tour guide will always be present, and it takes about an hour to complete.
Tahoe is a beautiful freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada. It is the largest Alpine lake in North America. Lake Tahoe is always brimming with adventure, it has ski resorts, beaches, hiking trails and unforgettable camping sites.
The National Yellowstone Park is a volcanic hot spot containing geysers, hot springs, mud spots, and other thermal features. The Park has many camping sites, lodgings, hiking trails, fishing lakes and a range of wildlife to see.
You have to be careful at Yellowstone Park. The thermal features are excruciatingly hot, and wildlife could be a threat. Follow all the safety guidelines when you visit this national park.
Best Hotels & Resorts in Nevada
We will attempt to narrow down the best things to do in Nevada. Doing this is quite a challenge because of how much the state has to offer, never mind Las Vegas (the world’s entertainment capital).
The Bellagio Casino
The Bellagio Casino and Hotel is the most luxurious in Vegas. This hotel is considered one of the most extravagant and expensive hotels. Here, you will also find the Bellagio gallery of fine art, which showcases art from Picasso and Takashi Murakami.
The Venetian Resort
At the Venetian Resort, every room is a suite making them nearly twice the size of a standard Las Vegas hotel room. Relax by the pool, or treat yourself at the spa after enjoying a splendid meal at one of their award-winning restaurants.
The Suncoast Hotel and Casino Resort
The Suncoast Hotel is surrounded by an 81-hole golf course, perfect for golfers. Other amenities include, a 24-hour coffee shop, a fitness and bowling center, hot tub and more.
The Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa
Experience a world of luxury while sandstone canyons surround you. The resort is a stone’s throw away from the Red Rock Casino and not too far from the Las Vegas Strip. You get the best of both worlds. Gamble away, fine dine at their acclaimed restaurants or sip on a cocktail in your private cabana.
New York New York Hotel
Witness New York, recreated in Vegas. The hotel sits right on the Strip, which allows you access to top entertainment. Visit restaurants that are authentic to New York or have a drink at the Bar at Times Square. Other amenities include a fitness and spa center, pools and cabanas.
The Strat Tower Observation Deck
Previously known as the Stratosphere, the Strat Tower is the second tallest observation tower in the Western Hemisphere. From here, you can have a breathtaking view of Las Vegas plus a unique dining experience on the rooftop.
Places to visit in Nevada
Suppose you are not sure about what to do in Nevada. We recommend starting with a visit to some of the best cities in Nevada.
The entertainment capital of the world has much to offer. Las Vegas has the most hotels globally, and 15 of them are in the top 25 largest hotels. If you are looking for accommodation and entertainment in Nevada, Las Vegas won’t disappoint.
Virginia may have Victorian-style buildings and A host of ghosts, but this historic city is home to another roaring spectacle. The Virginia City Grand Prix.
The Grand Prix is a four-hour race where speed demons of all classes can participate.
For all the bar hoppers out there, why not hop 163-years into the past? That is the age of the oldest saloon in Nevada’s first permanent settlement, Genoa. Learn about Genoa’s deep-rooted Mormon history at various museums. Or relax at David Walley’s resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains just outside Genoa.
Henderson offers a beautiful rocky landscape and excellent hiking trails. Visit Lake Mead, the Lion Habitat Ranch or do a historical tour at Clark County Museum.
Unique things to see in Nevada
Known for its stretchy, scenic roads, take route 66 and discover hidden gems. If you plan on sightseeing in Nevada, make sure to stop by the following unique places:
‘Fun things to do in Nevada’ post can not be fun without the mention of the King himself, Elvis Presley. Make your first stop at the Elvis-A-Rama museum. The museum houses the most extensive collection of Elvis’ items.
Warning: You might be in for hip-shaking and stunning jumpsuits.
Area 51 attracts many visitors due to intense secrecy and conspiracy theories about UFO’s and extraterrestrials surrounding it. Sadly, we cannot see the inside of Area 51, but there are other fun things to do around it, like stopping by the National Atomic Testing Museum.
Pinball hall of fame
It is no surprise that the Pinball hall of fame houses the most extensive collection of coin-operated pinball games. You do not have to pay an entrance fee. Instead, make sure to have your bag of coins handy like in the 80s.
Rhyolite Ghost Town
We find it strange that some towns that had once thrived with opportunity would become ghost towns. On the other hand, the eerie sight of these liminal spaces is enticing. That is why the well-preserved Rhyolite Ghost town has become a huge tourist attraction and a popular Hollywood movie set.
Top entertainment things to do in Nevada
Want to be entertained? Las Vegas, Nevada, is home to the best showmanship. You can choose from a variety of performances, but we have listed some of the most outstanding of them all:
Cirque Du Soleil
Witness one of the best circus acts with jugglers, clowns, and acrobats with no animal in sight.
Penn and Teller
Performers since the 1970s, Penn and Teller, have mastered a unique combination of magic and comedy. This duo is a triumphant magic act that has been honored with a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.
Blue man group
The Blue Man Group takes its audience on a journey filled with eccentric performance art and music.
The ultimate variety show
This show features a wide range of magic, juggling and acrobatics.
Copperfield is a successful Emmy Award winning illusionist.
Extravaganza is a highly recommended show for the entire family. It has various performing acts, including dancing, singing, and acrobatics.
The Jabbawockeez are still huge in the dancing world after winning the title of America’s Best Dance Crew back in 2008. Now they have become one of the outstanding acts in Las Vegas.
Criss Angel, Mindfreak
Angel is a famous magician, illusionist, and musician. He is known for his levitating and daredevil acts. Criss Angel shocked the world when he walked on water. If you enjoyed his show Mindfreak, you would have fun seeing him live.
The Beatles love
Experience this theatrical performance, an ode to the Beatles reimagined through Cirque Du Soleil.
Leave the kids at home for this one. Absinthe is a risky, adult-only Burlesque show.
Mondays Dark is an event that showcases fantastic local Nevada talent.
Final Thoughts on Nevada Tourist Attractions
Nevada is a vast desert, yet it has so much to offer. From entertainment to sightseeing and casino resorts, we can’t think of a reason for you to be bored. What makes Nevada unique is that there are so many fun things to do for all ages.
We suggest that you make Nevada your next travel destination, especially for those of us who like entertainment.