Nevada’s rural landscape is punctuated with ghost towns — communities built on the promise of mining riches, and then discarded when the dream either died or never quite became reality.

Lake Tahoe is perhaps the best rugged running area in the West. The Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165-mile trail encircling Lake Tahoe, is actually a system of smaller trails and loops that link together, each offering varying degrees of difficulty and terrain.

Casino action draws thousands to Nevada. Since legalizing most forms of gaming in 1931, the state has remained a top attraction for thrill-seekers.

Vacation is serious business in Nevada. There are sights to see, bets to place, shows to catch, deserts and mountains to explore. You will work up an appetite.

It has been called the middle of the middle of nowhere, a victim of uncharitable thinking and a place where you need survival skills. But of all the intriguing labels, the one that elevated the 287-mile stretch of central Nevada highway to fame is “The Loneliest Road in America.”

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It was probably destined to happen. The ingredients had been there for a long time. There’s Nevada, with its sparsely traveled highways and huge open spaces, where the imagination can run wild. And right in the middle of the state, a remote super-secret military area, off limits to all except a group of tight-lipped employees.

Leaving the bright lights of Las Vegas, you’ll find a different side of Nevada. The neon and skyscrapers give way to sagebrush and sand. The nightlife is less Celine Dion and more crickets and constellations. But rural Nevada has a beauty all its own.

The oldest place in Las Vegas, where the city actually originated more than a century ago, has become its newest attraction, the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, opening in June.