If you like adventure, you’ve come to the right state. West of Carson City, Lake Tahoe is a year-round hub of outdoor activity. Summer is ideal for hiking, cycling and water sports, while skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing take the lead in winter. Red Rock Canyon is another outdoor playground buzzing with hikers, rock climbers and wildlife-watchers. Hiking is also popular around central Austin, as is mountain biking.
Another magnificent destination is Cathedral Gorge State Park, with its soaring spires formed by millions of years of erosion; Miller Point Overlook has sweeping views, with several easy hikes into narrow slot canyons. For watery adventure, try kayaking on Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the US, created by the construction of the Hoover Dam. Prefer wheels? Go off-roading in the hilly terrain around the former mining towns of Virginia City and Dayton.