Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nevada is undoubtedly the most misunderstood western state in the United States. While Las Vegas' ever-changing lights and attractions are sure to dazzle visitors, the desert, with its hypnotic virtues and vast wilderness, is a mine of sensations and discoveries. One must dare to dive into it.
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Las Vegas, located in the middle of the Mojave Desert, has become the flagship city of this hobby that has become very popular. The state's economy is essentially dependent on gambling: 70% of income is derived from it. The world's largest casino hotels and a temple of shopping. Who has not heard of "Sin City" in the world?
Nevada is divided into 6 territories: Las Vegas Territory, Nevada Silver Trail, Pony Express Territory, Cowboy Country, Reno-Tahoe Territory and Indian Territory.
Yet Nevada is the most misunderstood and ignored state in the West by tourists. Nevertheless, the desert has a real power of seduction and impressive sites. With a succession of parallel mountain ranges and about fifty peaks exceeding 2750 meters in altitude, Nevada is the most mountainous state in the United States. It is dominated by the Boundary Peak which rises to 4005 meters. Wheeler Peak, the second highest peak at 9000 feet, is located within the only national park located entirely in Nevada, with the Great Basin National Park lining an ancient fossil-filled inland sea. It is one of the most desolate and primitive areas in the Southwest. It is in this universe that a very large number of wild horses live; it is even said that Nevada has more wild horses than all the other states combined. The Ruby Mountains, commonly known as the "Alps of Nevada", are very lush and ideal for outdoor activities.
Large communities from the Basque Country are located in the North, crossed by the Pony Express Trail, now extended by Route 50, "the loneliest road in America". Nevada is teeming with highly photogenic Westerns sites, inherited from the heroic mining era, with its myriad ghost towns, or that give the impression of being one! Here, a place is often a dusty gas station and a antique drugstore resonating with the rattle of a slot machine, or even a brothel since prostitution is legal here (except in Las Vegas).
The state also owes its notoriety to the military. Perhaps it is due to their tests that it owes his "extra-terrestrial" reputation. UFO sightings along State Route 375 near the village of Rachel, probably regularly overflown by stealth planes of the US Air Force, are no longer counted. It should be noted that it is in Rachel that you will be able to taste the famous Alien Burger. To do this, go to Little A'Le'Inn Restaurant and Bar.
Death Valley, an archetype of the American desert, is easily accessible between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Reno, another major urban center located not far from the capital Carson City and nicknamed "The Biggest Little City in the World", attracts players and marriage prospects! In 2012, 92,000 marriages were pronounced in Nevada. The Comstock Lode area, twinned with Lake Tahoe, also offers great escape opportunities. Stretching 22-mile-long and 12-mile-wide, Lake Tahoe is the largest of the high mountain lakes in North America.
There is no shortage of museums: Among the most characteristic are the Nevada State Railroad Museum (Carson City Rail Museum), the Virginia and Truckee Railroad (a railway line dating from the Gold Rush era) where the French wagon "Merci Train" is on display, the National Automobile Museum (Reno Automobile Museum), the Goldwell Open Air Museum (a set of 7 sculptures representing The Last Supper) and the Lost City Museum (an archaeological museum on Amerindian culture at the Pueblo Grande site). In Las Vegas, you can also visit the Atomic Testing Museum or the Guggenheim Museum.