Various vices can come to mind when you free-associate on Nevada, but that’s only a fraction of the story. It’s a sparsely populated state strewn with restless tumbleweeds and limitless tracts of desert; some perceive a barren wasteland, while others discern a faint patchwork of natural jewels.
The first state to legalize gambling, Nevada is loud with the chime of slot machines singing out from gas stations, supermarkets and hotel lobbies without fail, and pockets of licensed brothels dot the landscape. But more recent generations look at the chapped endless mesas and lonely roads and see blank canvases instead of potential mining claims. Witness the art-fueled insanity of Burning Man, and the state never feels quite the same.
The azure shore of Lake Tahoe entices hikers and snow demons, and the Truckee River makes downtown Reno a big summer beach party. The glitzy pleasure palace of Las Vegas is the shrill siren song of the south, and many have happily lost themselves in its nonstop neon world.
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Grand Canyon All American Helicopter Tour
Take off from Las Vegas Airport on an exhilarating helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon. You'll enjoy a 45-minute helicopter flight each way, land deep in the canyon for a champagne picnic, and fly low over the famous Las Vegas neon Strip on your return.
Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk
Hit the highway out of Las Vegas and spend the day touring the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. On this day trip you'll have four hours at the Grand Canyon, with the option of walking on the popular Grand Canyon Skywalk for panoramic 360-degree views.
Where to see dinosaurs in the American West
No matter what age you are, from the cute, playful dinosaurs of The Land Before Time, to the truly terrifying killers of Jurassic Park, dinosaurs never get old.