No matter what happened last night (we know you know how to find the action), your need to get things moving will have you waking up in Vegas early to beat the crowds out to Valley of Fire (watch for fellow rams; this is desert bighorn turf). Then keep blasting up US-93 (why hang around?) where several more unique parks await. Squeeze in a ghost town en route to bag peaks at Great Basin. Since you love being ahead of the game, good news! This is one of the nation’s least visited national parks, meaning you’ll probably be among the first of your friends to tick this one off.
Follow the Sign(s): Where to Road Trip in Nevada According to Your Zodiac Sign
Dreaming of hitting the highway for the road trip of a lifetime is one thing. Choosing where to go is another.
The thrill (or dread) of planning the perfect itinerary (or not!) hits differently for every personality type. Rather than get bogged down in the details before you even begin, why not look to the cosmos for a little astrological advice on where to start?
Horo-scope out our handy guide to discover which one of our 10 classic Nevada road trips best aligns with your sign. Then dive deeper with in-depth descriptions of what to do, where to stay, and how to make the most of it, every leg of the way—along with videos, podcasts, and playlists, all ordained to ensure your vacation is nothing short of stellar.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
This three-part trip lets you behold the natural beauty you crave by day and settle into the luxury you know you deserve each night. Loop 1: Cruise Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive before a fine meal at your swanky Las Vegas hotel. Loop 2: Walk petroglyph-lined trails at Valley of Fire en route to poolside drinks and spa treatments at a nearby Mesquite resort. Loop 3: Kayak the Colorado River (don’t worry: the trip’s guided, so it’s still within your comfort zone); then order champagne to your waterfront balcony to toast your new adventures in style.
Gemini (May 21 – June 21)
Your desire to learn and do all kinds of new things makes you perfect for a history-drenched route via museums, eclectic shops, pretty parks, and funky old hotels. And fear not, our dear social butterfly: although you may spot “lonely” in its name, this road trip is filled with fun bars and cafés where friendly locals love to gab away with strangers as much as you. Plus, with miles of beautiful scenery between towns, you and your road-tripping besties will have ample time to chat and catch up on all the things.
Cancer (June 22 – July 22)
Whether you’re floating the Truckee River, dipping into crystal-clear Lake Tahoe, or soaking at one of three historic hot spring resorts, this loop’s got your affinity for water covered in all the ways. As a foodie, you’ll drool over Reno’s hip cuisine scene, Lake Tahoe’s fancy fare, and Gardnerville’s J.T. Basque dinner house. And at just 145 miles, you can take all 5 legs nice and slowly—or even as chilled-out day trips from a homey B&B basecamp—to keep things at an easier pace that suits your sign best.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
We know some people think your fire-sign vibrance, center-stage nature, and affinity for fancy things make you kiiiind of a lot. But hey, so is Nevada—which is why we’re a perfect match! So hop onto a loop that lets you steal the spotlight at Reno’s pulsing dance clubs and live music bars, Lake Tahoe’s sandy beaches and casinos, Virginia City’s raucous events and saloon crawls, and more. Oh, and feel free to treat yourself at waterfront resorts, Tahoe’s high-end shops, Reno’s unique boutiques, and plenty of exquisite restaurants along the way.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
This easy-to-plan, attraction-packed itinerary ignites your passion for variety and structure, going from Death Valley National Park’s mesmerizing desertscapes to pine-forested mountains, funky little bars to elegant wineries, and historic ghost towns to buzzing Las Vegas. As an earth sign, you love being out in all kinds of nature—just not too far out. Lucky for you, there is tons of it to see right from the road, or on well-kept trails teeming with intriguing flora and fauna.
Libra (September 23 – October 23)
We hear you, dear Libran. With so many great places to go, how do you choose just one? The answer: a road trip that does it all on three unique loops — the perfect balance that makes your sign thrive! Start with a harmonious yoga sesh beneath Spring Mountain Ranch’s red sandstone cliffs. Then take in vibrant colors at Valley of Fire on your way to appreciate Hoover Dam’s impressive symmetry. Cap it all off with a romantic dinner in the Las Vegas Arts District.
Scorpio (October 24 – November 21)
For the kind of transformative, crowd-free experience that speaks to your sign’s unique needs, it’s hard to beat the Black Rock Desert. You’ll get why 70,000 people flock here for Burning Man, but also why the real magic happens when you have it all to yourself. Your strong water sign qualities will be fulfilled en route by Pyramid Lake and by natural hot springs in the wilderness beyond—ideal for night soaks while spotting your constellation twinkling in some of the darkest skies on Earth.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
We get it, Sag! You don’t need anyone to tell you where to go or what to do. That’s why we simply suggest this three-spoke, freedom-flexing foray into Nevada’s most majestic mountain wilderness. Ditch the crowds you loathe and let your powerful curiosity guide you while kayaking labyrinthine, wildlife-abundant waterways; hiking among glacier-carved lakes and 11,000’ peaks; and dirt-roadin’ it via subalpine passes to Jarbidge, the most remote town in the Lower 48.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
It’s easy to map out this exciting route, stop-by-stop, which will help keep you comfortably on track both before and during your trip. Embrace your history-buff side as you bounce among American Indian historic sites, museums celebrating Nevada’s buckaroo heritage, and even a couple artisan gearmakers that’ll kindle your respect for fine craftsmanship. Meanwhile, several dinner houses let you dig into Basque culture—literally, with traditional feasts served family-style (just how you like it).
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
We saved our weirdest road trip for the most eccentric sign in the bunch! Quench your thirst for all things odd on a spaced-out route to ET-themed attractions, like gloriously kitsched-out curio shops, a jerky shack, and a bar where you can clink Alien Beers with die-hard UFOlogists and the kinds of offbeat adventurers that light up your brain (and arm you with the kind of tales you love telling). Then feed that need to chart your own course at vast, wild, seldom-visited Basin & Range National Monument.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Easy choice for you, our funky fish friend. Like your guiding element (water), you can simply go with the flow as you bounce among an avant-garde ghost town sculpture garden, an ever-changing “gallery” where the canvases are old cars sticking out of the ground, and gem-packed rock shops that are sure to stir your inner mystic. Start/end in Las Vegas and Reno, where colorful arts districts and music scenes light up your rambling spirit.
Being guided by a celestial body is cool. But seeing it in all its twinkling glory is simply out of this world. If you’ve got a case of cosmic curiosity, treat it to a trip to the Silver State, where some of the darkest skies in the Lower 48 reward stargazers with thousands of stars, complete constellations, and even entire galaxies—often visible to the naked eye. To learn more, start here.