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.

Deep in the heart and soul of America lies a love for the old West and its much-admired and widely imitated denizen, the cowboy.

Nevada offers a cornucopia of family fun, year-round, both indoors and outdoors.

Birdwatchers from around the nation are flocking to Nevada to catch a glimpse of the more than 450 species of birds that claim Nevada as their permanent home, winter getaway or migration trail.

Las Vegas has long been associated with excess. Buffets that stretch a mile long. Neon signs that glitter to the heavens. Million-dollar jackpots and high-stakes card games. Entertainment all night long. Cocktails around every turn. So how does an environmentally conscious traveler indulge in that excess while warding off the twinge of guilt that perhaps it’s just a bit too much?

One of the most popular, exciting and memorable attractions for visitors to Las Vegas is Grand Canyon National Park, among the great natural wonders of the world and less than an hour away by air.

From the moment you first see it, you have no doubt that this massive sheet of gray concrete can keep the mighty Colorado River tamed forever.

Not too long ago, visitors came to Nevada for the casinos, and maybe bought a few souvenirs on their way home. But things have changed in the Silver State, and it is now a shopper’s paradise with everything from high-end couture boutiques to discount outlets and quaint or quirky stores.

There are only a few places in the United States that have truly great skiing, and Nevada is one of those places. Nevada takes great skiing one step further with world-class ski resorts near thriving, bustling cities brimming with nightlife and countless things to do.

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