This week’s A, B, C’s and 1, 2, 3’s Travel Destination Guide share Amazing Travel Adventures – Nevada.
Nevada, a state known world wide for the city of Las Vegas and The Las Vegas Strip. I’m here to tell you there is so much more the state has to offer. This post is sharing Amazing Travel Adventures not Las Vegas or The Strip related. I think Las Vegas and The Strip will have to be a whole other Blog Post all by itself.
Rocks, and Dams, and Mountains.
1. Red Rock National Conservation Area is located in Nevada’s Mojave desert 17 miles west of Las Vegas. The conservation area is known for its towering red sandstone peaks and seasonal waterfalls. The area offers several ways to enjoy the views – hiking trails, horseback riding trails, mountain bike trails and a 13 mile scenic drive if driving is more your thing. For more information visit their website at www.blm.org or click here.
2. Hoover Dam was constructed between 1931 and 1936. The dam is a concrete arch gravity dam within the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. The reservoir creates Lake Mead. We’ll talk about Lake Mead a little later. The dam’s generators provide utilities for Nevada, Arizona and California. At the time of this post Hoover Dam was open with limited access. Ticket sales, visitor center and exhibits are closed to the public. For more information and updates visit their website at www.usbr.gov or click here. I highly recommend visiting this breathtaking, man made, amazing travel adventure.
3. Seven Magic Mountains are located about 10 miles south of Las Vegas Boulevard. It is another off The Strip Amazing Travel Adventure. Internationally known artist Ugo Rondinone’s large scale desert art has been on display since 2016. The exhibit was only going to be at its present location for 2 years but for now it remains and talks continue for the exhibit to stay where it is. For more information visit their website at www.sevenmagicmountains.com or click here.
River walks, and Lakes, and Canyons
1. River walk Trail takes the adventurer from Laughlin to Davis Dam. It is about 3 miles each way and travels along the Colorado River. The paved trail travels thorough a desert habitat, fishing points, a spray are to cool yourself down, and shaded picnic areas. This is Nevada we are talking about so make you you stay hydrated and re-apply your sunscreen as needed. For more information about the River walk Trail and other adventures to discover visit www.nevadatravel.net or click here.
2. Lake Mead Recreation Area. The Hoover Dam, information above, formed Lake Mead. At full pool Lake Mead is the largest water reservoir in the United States. Lots of water means lots of water sports and things to do. Boating, swimming and fishing are the usual top three things to do. Visiting a once under water ghost town tops my list of amazing travel adventures. Yes, St Thomas was once completely under water and can now be explored. For more information and park operation updates visit their website at www.nps.gov or click here.
3. Grand Canyon West Rim is 130 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a rather expensive amazing travel adventure. Side note, no cameras are allowed out onto the skywalk. You can purchase photos from the Skywalk vendors as you exit the area. So, pay to get in, and pay to get a photo was a bit expensive for me. Imagine the cost for a family of four?! For more information, and things to spend your money on, it is your vacation anyway, visit www.grandcanyonwest.com or click here.
Top Secret Bases, and Labyrinths, and Boneyards
1. Area 51 is an United States Air Force base, also called Homey Airport, located within the Nevada Test and Training Range. It is patrolled and guarded by the biggest and best security on the planet, and maybe beyond, but I digress. It is not a tourist attraction so I do not recommend storming the base to prove once and for all green men, alien technology, blah, blah, blah. I do recommend venturing down the Extraterrestrial Highway to get some alien themed food, drinks and souvenirs without the threat of being arrested or locked away somewhere never to be heard from again. Visit www.travelnevada.com or click here to find an Area 51 Intergalactic Scavenger Hunt. Unidentifiable Free Objects are my favorite type of UFOs!
2. Laughlin Labyrinths were created by Wes Dufek. Nine stone mazes allow you to discover the beauty and serenity of the Nevada desert and help people on their journey to find their peaceful center, or that is what Wes believes. The documented and tested benefits of walking a labyrinth include a mindful meditative state that is created with each turn within the labyrinth. Labyrinths have also been shown to reduce blood pressure, insomnia and chronic pain. For more information visit www.visitlaughlin.com or click here.
3. Neon Boneyard was created in 1996. Its website states it is dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It is the one amazing travel adventure I have included in this blog post. There is so much history and art to be seen and experienced while attending the museum. I highly recommend seeing first hand where Las Vegas has come from and where it is going. For more information visit their website at www.neonmuseum.com or click here.
A Stands for Amazing Travel Adventures – Nevada
Thank you for traveling with me to all things Nevada. I should’ve probably add NOT on the Las Vegas Strip! There is so much to do away from the city and the crowds. I am not a fan of crowds. Are you?
Putting the Grand Canyon and Red Rock National Conservation area on your must see list are only two of the many natural beauties to be found in Nevada. Don’t forget seeing in person the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, both which are man made, are breathtakingly beautiful to experience. Did your top Nevada amazing travel adventures make the list? Share your favorites in the comments.
Interested in learning about more adventures to be had with Best Food and Best Drinks near and dear to Nevada? Read my blog post The A, B, C’s, of California or click here to visit Nevada’s neighbor to the West.
Until Nest Time,