As you plan some much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, consider heading west to Nevada. A state defined by its great expanses of desert, 24-hour casinos, entertainment and stunning scenic vistas, Nevada and its surrounding areas have so much to offer.
The state of Nevada is famous for many things, namely, the vibrant city of Las Vegas and its elaborate hotels and casinos. But over the past decade or so, the city has seen a turnaround in the demographic that visits, as Las Vegas is now a family destination.
Whether it is going on a construction site for the day and operating a big CAT at Dig This!, treating your taste buds to a fabulous foodie tour of the Las Vegas strip, visiting the stunning art installations and displays in the dozens of hotels that dot Las Vegas Boulevard, zipling across the Mojave Desert, taking in a hockey game with the Las Vegas Knights or seeing a show or entertaining performance, there is an entire side of Vegas that lies beneath the surface of bright lights and gambling.
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About a seven-hour drive from Las Vegas is where you will find Lake Tahoe (Tahoe South), the largest alpine lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, that straddles the border of California and Nevada. An escape from the dry, arid climate of Las Vegas, get in touch with nature throughout the year as the area is known for its beach and ski resorts. Lake Tahoe is an alpine paradise and a winter wonderland November through April before turning to a beautiful mountain spring, summer, and fall.
On the southwest shore you will find Emerald Bay State Park, which contains the 1929 Nordic-style mansion Vikingsholm. Along the lake’s northeast side, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park includes Sand Harbor Beach and Spooner Lake, a gateway to the long-distance Tahoe Rim Trail. From winter sports and water sports to biking and hiking trails, there’s plenty to do against a stunning scenic backdrop.
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According to CNN, you can count the Grand Canyon among one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is truly a sight to be seen and a once in a lifetime experience for sure. Although Grand Canyon National Park is located in Arizona, many people who travel to the Las Vegas area take the four hour drive and spend a day marveling at the this steep-sided canyon. Grand Canyon Tours from the South Rim offer the broadest range of experiences from rafting, helicopter rides, airplane, motor coach, jeep, biking and more. The north side is more limited, but offers mule rides to Supai Tunnel, to Uncle Jimmy Owens point, and self-guided hiking on the North Kaibab Trail). Get to the bottom and enjoy a boat ride on the Colorado River, Guano Point and more.
A great day out for history buffs and those interested in a little education, take a tour of the Hoover Dam. Named one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th century, the Hoover Dam continues to draw massive crowds 80 years after its creation. Named after President Herbert Hoover, the Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon, just 40 minutes outside of Las Vegas.
Two tours of the dam are available and well worth the time and money spent. For $11 per person (discounts available for children, seniors and active military) is the Hoover Dam Power Plant Tour, which is broken up into several components at numerous locations, allowing guests to pick and choose which locations they want to see. The Hoover Dam Power Plant Tour begins with a brief video show depicting the history of Hoover Dam and how it came to be. Afterwards, a guide will escort you to an elevator for a 500-foot descent to get an up-close look at the power plant generators housed at the base of the dam.
Guests will also see the original diversion tunnels and stand atop a giant, 30-foot pipe where they can feel the rumble of Colorado River water racing through it.
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Heading to Nevada? Visit www.travelnevada.com and start planning your vacation.