Nevada’s history is rooted in the Wild West, from cowboys and Indians to train robberies and silver and gold mines. Though much has changed over the decades — Nevada now draws around 50 million visitors each year and attracts international audiences — much of the state’s allure still is found in its Western heritage and wide-open spaces.
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.
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.
Nevada is home to many people of Basque descent, people who trace their ancestry to the Basque region straddling France and Spain.
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.