Nevada Travel Guide

Nevada State Travel Guide

About Nevada

Nevada lies between California and Utah and is an arid state. Most part of the state is located within the Great Basin. The southern parts lie within the Mohave Desert and the Colorado River drainage, while the northeastern parts drain into the River Snake.

Nevada Official Language(s) De jure: None
De facto: English
Nevada Demonym Nevadan
Nevada Capital Carson City
Nevada Largest City Las Vegas
Nevada Largest Metro Area Las Vegas Valley
Nevada Area  Ranked 7th in the US
 - Total 110,567 sq mi
(286,367 km2)
 - Width 322 miles (519 km)
 - Length 490 miles (788 km)
 - % water  
 - Latitude 35° N to 42° N
 - Longitude 114° 2′ W to 120° W
Nevada Population  Ranked 35th in the US
 - Total 2,643,085 (2009 est.)
1,998,257 (2000)
- Density 23.4/sq mi  (9.02/km2)
Ranked 42nd in the US
 - Median Income  $56,361 (15th)
Nevada Elevation  
 - Highest Point Boundary Peak or
Wheeler Peak
13,147 ft (4,005 m)
13,065 ft  (3,982 m)
 - Mean 5,499 ft  (1,676 m)
 - Lowest Point Colorado River
479 ft  (146 m)
Nevada Before Statehood Nevada Territory
Nevada Admission to Union  October 31, 1864 (36th)
Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons (R)
Nevada Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki (R)
Nevada Legislature Nevada Legislature
 - Upper House Senate
 - Lower House Assembly
U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D)
John Ensign (R)
U.S. House Delegation 1: Shelley Berkley (D)
2: Dean Heller (R)
3: Dina Titus (D)
Nevada Time Zones  
 - most of State Pacific: UTC-8/-7 (DST)
 - West Wendover Mountain: UTC-7/-6 (DST)
Nevada Abbreviations NV Nev. US-NV
Nevada Website

More about Nevada

The official language of Nevada is English. Spanish is quite as popular as well, especially in the southwest Nevada. The Filipino population communicates in Tagalog.

Nevada can be best described as a cold desert with an elevation above 4,000'/1,300m. During the day, the temperature soars to 85F/30°C while the nights are cold, with temperatures as low as 50F/10°C. In winter, the climate is more extreme, the mercury dropping down far below 0°C.

If you are planning your visit between October and April, please take a note of the fact that snowstorms are common in the area, even as late as in the month of June. There are intense thunderstorms in the summer and flash-floods. If you want to save yourself from the extreme heat of summer and heat stroke , wear hats, full-sleeved clothes and long pants, use sunblock lotions, and most important of all – drink plenty of water.

Things to Do and See

Nevada has everything for all. No matter whether you are an utmost lover of adventure sports, biking, golf clubs and skis or just vying for a luxurious gateway for a relaxing vacation, Nevada is sure to mesmerize you with the enchanting platter it has to offer. Nature has bestowed the bounties of beauty on Nevada, which is really a treat to the eyes. There is also the rich heritage of a variety of events and shows, food festivals, arts and crafts fairs, and the museums that have preserved every bit of history in a spectacular way.

Here is a list of all that Nevada has to offer:

Nevada State Parks

There are almost 25 parks in Nevada, including recreation areas and historical sites. They stretch along varied topographies – from the alpine forests to the desert landscapes. The 22-mile-long Lake Tahoe is world-famous. Enjoy the fall-colors opening before your eyes a whole new world of surreal beauty in the backcountry of the lake.

Then there is the Valley of Fire, with its 3,000-year-old petroglyphs which are carved in sandstone. The rocks have been formed during the age of the dinosaurs!

Ward Charcoal Ovens are the six historic, beehive-shaped ovens. They were built by the Italian craftsmen for making charcoal.

Nevada National Parks

Nevada has two main national parks - Death Valley National Park and Great Basin National Park. While the Death Valley is dotted with sand dunes, rocks and canyons, the Great Basin looks vibrantly green with bristlecone pines, high peaks and caverns of limestone.

Nevada Mining Towns

Nevada has a very significant mining past. Visit Virginia City and the towns of Tonopah, Carlin and Eureka to sense the history. You can also go for an underground tour or visit a museum.

Nevada Museums

There are eight state museums in Nevada which showcase the proud history of the state. There are also a number of railroad museums where they exhibit various rail equipment and artifacts.

Nevada Scenic Byways

There is no better way to explore the beauty of this mountainous state than going for a long drive along the scenic byways. Passing through the state are three national and seven state byways. Las Vegas is the home of the only night-time scenic byway of America.

Nevada Weddings / Honeymoons

Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe have carved a niche for themselves in the top ten honeymoon destinations. If you are planning your wedding here, you can be sure of having an abundance of lifetime memories for you and your beloved with an incredible ambience and setting for that right mood, and experienced vendors to tailor-make the day for you.

Nevada Golf

Nevada has more than 100 golf resorts and 300 days of sunshine to ensure that you enjoy a gala time on that manicured grass and your passion for the game. What’s more, there are enough choices for you- from low key to world-famous golf resorts.

Nevada Shopping

Las Vegas is a heaven for the fashionistas, while Henderson is crowded with designer boutiques. The region also has many outlet malls that promise the best deals and quality. If you move up north, you will find some really good antique shops.

Nevada Ghost Towns

The old ghost towns - Gold Point, Berlin or Belmont with their old wooden buildings and the strange atmosphere is a must visit place for the tourists as well.