Nevada is known for its world class casinos; however, beyond Nevada's gambling and entertainment capital is vast diversity of landscapes. From the Great Basin Desert to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Nevada is sure to amaze anyone seeking an adventure.
What to do in Nevada
The Hoover Dam is in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, located between Arizona and Nevada, but its main facility is on the Nevada Border. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression.
Even though Death Valley is in California, it is an excellent day-trip from Las Vegas. Death Valley is home to the lowest point in North America and is one of the hottest and driest places in the world. It was 118°F or 48°C when I went.
Mount Charleston is a 45 minute drive from the Las Vegas strip and is home to lush forest and Charleston Peak at 11,916 feet (3,632 meters). This is a great place to relax and get away from crowded Las Vegas.
While in Las Vegas, there are many Magic Shows and Comedy Shows to see. If you can only choose one, I recommend watching Criss Angel's Mindfreak at Planet Hollywood.
The 4.2 miles (6.8 km) Vegas strip is home to many casinos, restaurants, and places unique only to Vegas. If you are able to, I recommend walking the entire strip in the day to see all its sights and driving the strip at night to see its vibrant lights.