Apart from drawing income in its tourism hotspots, Nevada also shores up its economy with mining. Its moniker as the Silver State gives a hint on the rich resources of the state. Gold is also abundant here, making Nevada the fourth largest producer in the country. The state also served as a nuclear testing site in the 1950s, which continued on until the early 1990s.
What to see & do
Libertarian laws apply in Las Vegas where one can indulge in an ultimate getaway composed of a round on the gambling tables, accommodations at a ritzy hotel, and maybe a walk down the aisle with an Elvis impersonator in front. Travellers going here can have the time of their lives in landmarks such as the Golden Nugget, one of the grandest casinos in town. Widely known for its classy restaurants and a swimming pool with a shark tank, one can spend the night away with the rest of the moneyed crowd on the poker rooms, gaming tables, or even the slot machines. Those staying here can also look at the Hand of Faith, the world's biggest gold nugget at a massive 61 lbs.
Las Vegas is not all about gambling and quickie weddings or divorces. One can also find here various landmarks such as the Mob Museum, which is officially known as the National Museum on Organised Crime and Law Enforcement. Those visiting here will find exhibits setting out in detail mob-related events with displays on artefacts and multimedia where one can find interviews with the mob. The Arts Factory, a popular destination, can also be part of the itinerary due to its First Friday events featuring various artworks. After the tour, one can visit the nearby Art Square and look around other galleries, experimental theatre, and other attractions.
Impressive scenery can also be found in Nevada, such as Alta-Toquima Wilderness with its remote and rugged landscape. The hiking is challenging due to the high elevation, but the thickly wooded environment can serve as a beautiful distraction due to the aspen and pine trees. The mesa is also fascinating to visit where one can stumble into a Native American village. The panoramic view is also grand especially when one reaches the summit and gets to see the rocky landscape framed with a backdrop of a blue sky. From here, hikers can go on to the backcountry lakes such as Angel Lake, a high-elevation alpine lake in the East Humboldt Range, and Cave Lake State Park where one can indulge in a fishing trip in summer and ice skating and cross-country skiing in winter. There are also Mariette Lake, Hobart Reservoir, Pine Forest Range, and other watering holes to spend an adventurous holiday in.
How to get around
Travellers will find it convenient to commute in Nevada. Las Vegas and the surrounding cities feature taxis and local transportation, allowing passengers to move around various landmarks easily. One can also walk around the strip and downtown Las Vegas or use the monorail connecting the top casinos in the city. Buses from the Greyhound line can also be found plying the state routes to the national roads. Amtrak, the train service, also runs the tracks between Chicago and San Francisco for travellers going beyond the state.
Those who want to reach the remote parts of Nevada for cross-country hiking and other activities will have to rent vehicles. A 4WD is especially recommended in rough terrain.
How to get there
Travellers bound for Nevada can schedule flights connecting to McCarran International Airport. Airlines serving here include Aeromexico, Air Canada Rouge, Air Europa, Air North, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, British Airways, Condor, Copa Airlines, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection, Edelweiss Air, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Interjet, JetBlue Airways, Korean Air, Omni Air International, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Sunwing Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, US Airways, US Airways Express, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, VivaAerobus, Volaris, WestJet, and XL Airways France.