It took me a while to realize that Nevada was about more than just nightclubs and casinos. With an area of approximately 110 square miles and just two major cities, there’s a lot of open space out there. So after moving to Las Vegas eight years ago, I wanted to see what the rest of the Silver State was all about.
My first road trip was a short one. I took the scenic loop through the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area — a 10-to-15 minute drive through colorful red and pink sandstone formations. By pulling over a few times, the experience was even more rewarding. Hiking a few short trails was more than enough to forget the rat race of the Strip and breathe in the fresh air that comes with higher elevation.
On my way back to Vegas, I stopped by Bonnie Springs (an old ghost town that’s no longer open) and Blue Diamond, a charming residential neighborhood of homes and parks that only welcomed its first restaurant a couple years ago. The short trip opened my eyes to the disparity and beauty of Nevada and encouraged me to further explore the state whenever possible.
To cross the following road trips off your bucket list is no quick and easy task. Some are longer than others, but each one is a rewarding journey. Enjoy the moments, take your time and you’ll experience a distinctive sense of history and Old West spirit that truly belongs to Nevada.