A state of fierce contrasts, Nevada loves to don its ski gear just as much as its sequins. It’s a fascinating paradox that sees it attract an eclectic mix of high rolling gamblers, rowdy bachelor parties, diehard ski bunnies, outdoor adventurers and nature buffs alike. So much more than just a casino state, Nevada never fails to enchant those that take the time to dig a little deeper.
By far, Nevada’s biggest claim to fame is Las Vegas. Sin City may cover a pint-sized 352 km² footprint, but it’s dazzling lights, blazing casinos and ultra-luxe hotels attract more than 40 million people a year. That said, gambling isn’t Nevada’s only talent. Beyond Las Vegas, Nevada is defined by its sprawling deserts. It’s America’s driest state, yet for those heading to cities like Reno and Tahoe, the towering snowy mountains, stunning cobalt lakes and wild forests feel world’s away from the sparkle of Las Vegas.
The best way to soak up everything Nevada has to offer is by car. Interstate Highways zig zag their way through the state, with charter bus companies like Greyhound also offering routes between the major cities. For those arriving by plane, McCarran International in Las Vegas is Nevada’s biggest air traffic hub.
While most people associate the state with pool parties and penthouses, the name is actually drawn from the Spanish word Nevada which means “snow-covered” in English. It’s a fitting name, given the fact that Nevada is the USA’s most mountainous state. In fact, it’s home to more than 150 individual mountain ranges, including Sierra Nevada, Santa Rosa, Battle, Monitor, Toiyabe and Schell Creek. For some, this makes Nevada an adventure seeker’s nirvana.