LAS VEGAS • RENO • HENDERSON • SPARKS
Living Large in Nevada
People from all walks of life can discover their own thrilling adventures in Nevada. From the crimson-colored mountains to “Sin City,” the state of Nevada truly lives up to its beautiful and bold reputation. Let’s jump into all that Nevada has to offer.
Officially becoming a U.S. state in 1864, Nevada was often overlooked by westward settlers until the late 1800s when the discovery of gold and silver attracted thousands of new settlers to the land. It was this newfound resource that was integral to establishing Nevada as a state. To reinvigorate its economy after the decline of the mining industry, the government decided to legalize gambling in 1931, and the first city to take full advantage of Nevada’s new gambling laws was the newly established Las Vegas. After the construction of the Hoover Dam in 1935, Las Vegas, dubbed “Sin City,” utilized the dam’s power to light up its many casinos.
Culture in Nevada
Nevada’s culture is heavily centered around its rugged landscape and countless casinos. What was originally just a temporary fix for the state’s economy during the Great Depression, gambling has now become a part of the very fabric of Nevada’s culture — most especially on the iconic streets of Las Vegas. Flashing lights and great displays of grandeur decorate the Las Vegas Strip, where millions of people travel each year to gamble or revel in the rambunctious nightlife that the city has to offer. Beyond the casinos and colorful nightlife, however, Nevada also draws lovers of the outdoors with its varying mountain and desert landscapes.
What to See and Do in Nevada
Nicknamed “The Biggest Little City in the World,” the city of Reno lives up to its hype. Set against a backdrop of breathtaking mountains and rustic deserts, you’ll have your work cut out when deciding how to fully exploit all that Reno has to offer. For foodies, Reno’s incredible culinary scene is on fire, with restaurants serving up Instagram-worthy plates that not only can excite your taste buds, but also help boost those “likes.” Grab a bison burger at Midtown Eats or head to Hub Coffee Roasters for what might be the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had. Then take that caffeine kick and dive into the rest of the city. Try your luck at one of Reno’s many casinos or cut loose and enjoy the nightlife scene. If you’re not keen on gambling or partying and preferring to play outdoors — you’re in luck! Lake Tahoe is a stone’s throw away, where hiking, rafting, camping, and swimming in crystal clear water are just a few things to get you started.
Located in the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is an oasis of the most electric nightlife in the country. Famous worldwide for its 24-hour casinos and the setting of countless classic movies, the city is a magnet for fun-seekers from all walks of life. As your bus arrives in Vegas, your senses will become entranced by the bright lights and elaborate displays. Make your way down the Las Vegas Strip and marvel at all there is to see, from the choreographed fountain show at the Bellagio to landmark replicas of the Eiffel Tower and an Egyptian pyramid. Take a chance to win big at famous casinos like the MGM Grand or skip the gambling and just hit up the many restaurants, bars, and nightclubs offered at numerous resorts spread throughout the city. And after a long day of gambling, enjoy some exhilarating entertainment from headlining musicians and comedians who frequent the many live venues of this aptly named Sin City.
Hike at Red Rock Canyon
A great place to clear your head after a wild night in Vegas is Red Rock Canyon. Venture out on a refreshing hike as you take in the copper-colored scenery of the sandstone mountains. If you’re not too keen on working up a sweat, rent a car and take a leisurely drive through the scenic loop, featuring multiple overlooks throughout the canyon.
The Hoover Dam
A historic staple of American culture, the Hoover Dam is in the Black Canyon on the Colorado River and sits on the border of both Nevada and Arizona. The dam, born out of the Great Depression era, is an architectural wonder and a must-see on anyone’s trip to Nevada, offering stunning views of the Colorado River and Lake Mead.
Among the many resorts in Las Vegas, one stands tall (literally) above the rest, the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Resort. But you don’t have to be a guest at this hotel to enjoy the observation tower for which it’s most notable. Pay the resort fee and dine 1,149 feet above Vegas in the rotating restaurant at the peak of this impressive tower.
Best Time to Visit Nevada
While booking your bus ticket to Nevada, keep in mind that the best time to visit the state is during the spring and fall seasons, both of which offer moderate weather and thinner crowds. Winter season, especially around New Year’s Eve, brings the largest crowds to Las Vegas. So if you’re planning to book a trip during that time, make sure to sort out your lodging well in advance. In summer, the heat can be very intense, with temperatures oftentimes exceeding 100 degrees. If you travel to Nevada in the summertime, be sure to pack light clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
With its colorful nightlife and rugged landscape, Nevada welcomes you with open arms. Purchase your bus ticket and start planning your trip today!