Must-see attractions in Nevada

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 28:  An exterior view shows the marquee at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino left of the Leo the Lion statue on the Las Vegas Strip amid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on August 28, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. MGM Resorts International will lay off 18,000 furloughed employees in the United States on Monday as the resort industry struggles to recover from the pandemic. The move was necessary since federal law requires companies to lay off furloughed workers after six months. Before hotel-casinos shut down in March, the company had 68,000 employees nationwide, including 52,000 in Las Vegas. MGM Resorts said laid-off employees could be brought back as business demand returns.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    MGM Grand

    Las Vegas

    Owned by the eponymous Hollywood studio, the MGM Grand casino and hotel liberally borrows Tinsel Town's themes. Flashing LED screens and computerized…

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 21:  Jupiter (L) and Saturn appear about one-tenth of a degree apart during an astronomical event known as a Great Conjunction to the left of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod on December 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The planets, which remain about 450 million miles apart in space, have not appeared this close together from Earth's vantage point since 1623, and it's been nearly 800 years since the alignment occurred at night. The conjunction, which occurs on the night of the winter solstice by coincidence, has become known popularly as the "Christmas Star." The gas giants will not appear this close together again until 2080.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod

    Las Vegas

    Vegas has many buildings more than 20 storeys tall, but only Stratosphere (now officially The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod, but still 'the Strat' to…

  • LAS VEGAS, USA AUGUST 14; Enormous Mandalay Bay Hotel Resort and Casino with beautifully landscaped entrance to modern architectural gold glass facade of building August 14, 2008, Las Vegas, USA

    Mandalay Bay

    Las Vegas

    Angular and glittering gold, massive Mandalay Bay flanks the far south end of the Strip. It's the first resort many visitors lay eyes on as they roll into…

  • LAS VEGAS - MARCH 15 : The Linq, a dining and shopping district and High Roller at the center of the Las Vegas Strip on March 15 2014 , The High Roller is the world's largest observation wheel

    LINQ Promenade

    Las Vegas

    Running between The LINQ Hotel & Casino and the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, the LINQ Promenade is a partially-covered outdoor pedestrian walkway…

  • Mob Museum

    Las Vegas

    The myth and mystique of mobsters from Bugsy Siegel to Al Capone get the museum treatment inside a hulking Downtown courthouse where real gangsters sat…

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    Las Vegas

    We’ve seen this symbiotic relationship before (think giant hotel anchored by a mall ‘concept’), but the way that this futuristic-feeling complex places a…

  • Kyle Hot Springs

    Northern Nevada

    Soaking in the sulfuric water of this remote hot spring will turn your skin baby soft, and the endless view across the valley from the tub will seriously…

  • Lamoille Recreation Area

    Northern Nevada

    The Lamoille Recreation Area is part of the Ruby Mountains section of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It comprises the spectacular Lamoille Canyon…

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    Caesars Palace

    Las Vegas

    Caesars Palace claims that its smartly renovated casino floor has more million-dollar slots than anywhere in the world, but its claims to fame are far…

  • Replica Bridge of Sighs over canal at Venetian Hotel.


    Las Vegas

    The Venetian's regal 120,000-sq-ft casino has marble floors, hand-painted ceiling frescoes and 120 table games, including a high-limit lounge and an…

  • Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

    Valley of Fire State Park

    Southern Nevada

    It's about 50 miles from Downtown Las Vegas to the Valley of Fire State Park visitor center. Make the center your first port of call to find out how best…

  • Reno, Nevada - July 18, 2016: Vintage cars in the National Automobile Museum, Reno, Nevada, USA.

    National Automobile Museum


    Stylized street scenes illustrate a century’s worth of automobile history at this engaging car museum. The collection is enormous and impressive, with one…

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    Las Vegas

    The Bellagio experience transcends its decadent casino floor of high-limit gaming tables and in excess of 2300 slot machines; locals say odds here are…

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    Neon Museum – Neon Boneyard

    Las Vegas

    This nonprofit project is doing what almost no one else does: saving Las Vegas' history. Book ahead for a fascinating guided walking tour of the ‘Neon…

  • Hoover Dam.
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    Hoover Dam

    Southern Nevada

    At the height of the Depression, thousands of men and their families migrated here and worked in excruciating conditions, dangling hundreds of feet above…

  • Parasols raining down inside atrium of Palazzo hotel resort in Las Vegas, NV.


    Las Vegas

    A true high-roller's casino, this younger sibling and an extension of the Venetian to which it is linked doesn't rely on flashy attractions to get punters…

  • The Goldfield Hotel sign in Goldfield, Nevada.


    Southern Nevada

    Goldfield became Nevada's biggest boomtown after gold was struck here in 1902. Much of the town was destroyed by a fire in 1923, but a few precious…

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    Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

    Las Vegas

    Changing with the seasons, Bellagio’s conservatory displays ostentatious floral arrangements, installed by crane through a soaring 50ft-high ceiling. The…

  • Bower's Mansion in Carson City, Nevada.

    Bower's Mansion Regional Park


    Just 12 miles north of Carson City off Hwy I-580, almost halfway to Reno, you'll find this fabulous regional park with manicured gardens perfect for…

  • Wynn & Encore Casinos

    Las Vegas

    Steve Wynn's signature casino hotel (literally – his name is emblazoned across the top) Wynn and younger sibling Encore are a pair of curvaceous, copper…

  • Great Basin National Park

    Northern Nevada

    Near the Nevada–Utah border, 67 miles east of Ely, this uncrowded national park encompasses the 13,063ft Wheeler Peak, rising abruptly from the desert and…

  • Seven Magic Mountains

    Southern Nevada

    What's that rising from the desert floor along I-15 just south of Las Vegas…gigantic, neon-colored, stacked-up marshmallows? Actually, the monumental,…

  • Pinball Hall of Fame

    Las Vegas

    You may have more fun at this no-frills arcade than playing slot machines back on the Strip. Tim Arnold shares his collection of 200-plus vintage pinball…

  • LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 7: World famous Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada as seen at night on May 7, 2012. Stretching 4.2 miles, the Strip is home to the largest hotels and casinos in the world

    Eiffel Tower Experience

    Las Vegas

    The Eiffel Tower Experience is the signature attraction at Paris Las Vegas, a mini version of the French capital that includes the Hotel de Ville, facades…

  • City Center Complex on Las Vegas Strip, Nevada


    Las Vegas

    Hipsters who thought they were too cool for Vegas finally have a place to go where they don't need irony to endure – or enjoy – the aesthetics of the…

  • New York-New York hotel casino and replica of the Statue of Liberty located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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    New York–New York

    Las Vegas

    Opened in 1997, the mini-megalopolis of New York–New York remains a perennial hit with spring breakers. Tables in the casino's 'Party Pit' are set against…

  • LAS VEGAS - OCT 05 : The Linq, a dining and shopping district and High Roller at the center of the Las Vegas Strip on October 05 2016 , The High Roller is the world's largest observation wheel

    High Roller

    Las Vegas

    In Vegas parlance, a gambler who bets big is called a high roller. It's also the name of the world's tallest observation wheel, which tops out at 550ft…

  • Paris Las Vegas

    Las Vegas

    This mini version of the French capital might lack the charm of the City of Light, but its efforts to emulate Paris' landmarks, including a 34-story Hotel…

  • Welcome to Las Vegas Sign at Dusk

    Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

    Las Vegas

    In a city famous for neon signs, one reigns supreme: the 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada' sign, facing south and straddling Las Vegas Blvd just…

  • Las Vegas, USA - January 10, 2014: The Downtown Container Park is the center-point of the revitalization going on downtown. Located along the world famous Fremont Street, the Container Park includes shopping, dining and entertainment.
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    Container Park

    Las Vegas

    An incubator for up-and-coming fashion designers and local artisans, the edgy Container Park, fronted by a giant metal grasshopper, stacks pop-up shops on…

  • Atomic Testing Museum.

    National Atomic Testing Museum

    Las Vegas

    Fascinating multimedia exhibits focus on science, technology and the social history of the 'Atomic Age,' which lasted from WWII until a worldwide ban on…

  • Boomtown 1905 at Springs Preserve features historical recreations of early Las Vegas buildings.

    Springs Preserve

    Las Vegas

    On the site of the natural springs (which ran dry in 1962) that fed las vegas ('the meadows'), where southern Paiutes and Spanish Trail traders camped,…

  • Las Vegas, USA - November 12, 2016: An editorial stock photo of the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photographed using the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II
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    Nevada State Museum

    Las Vegas

    If you've got a hankering to see a stuffed Columbian mammoth or the Nevada state fossil (spoiler: it’s an ichthyosaur), you've come to the right place…

  • Grimes Point Archaeological Area

    Northern Nevada

    About 10 miles east of Fallon, you can walk a ¾-mile trail past rock carvings (petroglyphs) dating as far back as 9000 years. Need more archaeological…

  • Kershaw-Ryan State Park

    Southern Nevada

    This petite park, at the northern end of Rainbow Canyon, punches above its weight in terms of scenery and activities. Easy hiking trails onto the ridge…

  • Nevada State Museum


    Housed inside the 1869 US Mint building, the Nevada State Museum generally hosts one visiting exhibition to complement its four excellent permanent…

  • Pyramid Lake


    Pyramid Lake is a stunning standalone sight, with shores lined with beaches and eye-catching tufa formations. This piercingly blue expanse in an otherwise…

  • Pyramid Lake Museum & Visitors Center


    This friendly visitors center on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation tells the dark, vital tale of how the area was colonized by white mountain men,…

  • Tonopah Historic Mining Park

    Southern Nevada

    This niche site encompasses areas that belonged to four of Tonopah's original mining companies, spread out over 100 acres. Walking tours come highly…

  • Tuna tartare and a glass of white wine at Bardot Bistro in the Aria.


    Las Vegas

    Smartly designed and seductively illuminated, Aria's massive design-savvy casino floor is a sophisticated money-grabber. Big spenders can access exclusive…