Nevada is one of the largest states in the union, but also among the least populated. There’s a lot of open space out there. Most of the action is in Las Vegas and Reno, and despite the perception of the two being sister cities, they’re about 500 miles apart with no interstate to make the drive between them any easier.
Nevada’s desolate nature was apparent to me when I first made the seven-hour drive between Vegas and Reno about eight years ago. Nothing but endless stretches of highway with few small towns to break up the monotony—and little of the natural beauty that helps define other more scenic parts of the state. Even the gas stations were few and far between. Those hours behind the wheel made me appreciate not only Nevada’s big cities, but also other compelling destinations within the Silver State that are generally tucked out of the way.
Since then, I’ve made a point to see and experience as much of Nevada as possible. The most engaging destinations cover a lot of ground, but share a common sense of excitement and adventure underneath the desert sun. Check them out: