Press Story Ideas: Nevada Must-Experiences
Sure, Nevada leads the country in gold and silver. But we also lead the world in wide-open roads, boulevards of shimmering neon, glorious grit, breathtaking art, and straight-up inspiration. The Silver State has always been a canvas for true originals, unique family trips, and life-changing adventures. And it still is.
So what’ll it be? All-to-yourself highways and dirt-road horizons? Oddball attractions and far-out art? Crowdless parks and story-filled ghost towns? All of the above and beyond? You’ve come to the right state. Check out a few of our favorite must-experience facets of Nevada’s unparalleled personality.
Nevada State & National Parks
You may already know what’s up at some of Nevada’s world famous parks. Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park stuns with its sandy beaches, crystal-clear water, and towering peak-studded vistas. Meanwhile, Valley of Fire enchants with its signature show-stopping red rock vibrancy and petroglyph windows to the past. There’s good reason these two famous parks beckon hikers, photographers, and nature-lovers from all over the globe.
There are dozens more gems found in Nevada state parks, state recreation areas, and Nevada national parks—each ready to surprise you with its own magic moments. The best part? You’re often likely to have those moments all to yourself. Unspoiled, crowdless, and easy to get to… Nevada’s 24 State Parks and two stunning Nevada national parks will have you ticking things off your bucket list before you even knew they were on it.
Flush with thousands of glimmering stars, constellations, bright planets, galaxies and beyond—all remarkably visible to the naked eye—Nevada speaks with some of the last true dark skies in America. Unblemished, unbelievably crisp, clear starry skies can be seen in all corners of the Silver State, and oftentimes best viewed from Nevada’s State and National Parks. Set up your telescope or long exposure camera from campgrounds designed specifically designed for stargazing, or catch a Dark Sky Ranger-led program from Great Basin National Park’s brand new Astronomy Amphitheater.
Nevada Ghost Towns
Nevada earned its reputation (and nickname) as the Silver State, thanks to a cache of silver and gold discoveries that sprang to life in the mid-1860s. Prospectors from all over the country—and globe—flocked here, to what were some of the largest and purest silver discoveries in the world. After the mines’ profits dried up, residents moved onto the next big boomtown, forever abandoning what would become hundreds of Nevada ghost towns you can still explore today.
As a state founded by gold miners and cowboys, built up by casino magnates, and flocked to today by renegade artists and other modern freedom-seekers, “ordinary” has just never really been in the cards. And while we love our pristine scenery, world-class cuisine, and picture-perfect niceties, at the same time, our quirks are our perks. From a Clown Motel to a micronation with its own boundaries, or cars planted in the ground beckoning to be painted on, you’re never too far from some Weird Nevada landmarks that are just so satisfyingly unusual.