Nearly everyone in the world has heard of Las Vegas. Hundreds of millions of people have visited the Entertainment Capital of the World, enjoying the resort hotels, nightlife, gourmet dining, designer shopping and scenic wonders. But what’s to be found beyond those dazzling city lights, in the rest of Nevada?

Nevada long has served as a backdrop for Hollywood productions. From the glitzy Las Vegas Strip to the quiet desert and rustic ghost towns, the Silver State has provided the setting for hundreds of movies. Here’s a sampling of some of the best-known movies filmed in Nevada. Click the document listed below for a more comprehensive list, and check out "The Nevada Filmography" by Gary Du Val for a complete, in-depth look at Nevada's presence in the movies from 1897 through 2000.

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.

Experience the energy of a drum circle, the exhilaration of traditional dancing and the appeal of time-honored hand games at one of Nevada’s many American Indian cultural events this summer.

Nevada is vast — it’s the seventh-largest state in the United States, in terms of land area.

The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) has launched a website to meet the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, an increasingly lucrative and vibrant market within the travel industry.

From boat regattas to steam train rides to breathtaking fireworks, Nevada offers plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day. This summer, make the most of the holiday by attending one of the state’s many spectacular Fourth of July events.

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and other Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) officials honored industry professionals from around the state Thursday, presenting the annual VolunTourism Awards for exceptional achievement at the 21st annual Rural Roundup tourism conference.