Explorer John C. Fremont explored Nevada, once part of Mexico, along with his legendary scout Kit Carson in the 1844-45 expedition. The name Nevada means “snowy” in Spanish and was given to the new area in 1861. The state is divided into different territories. Cowboy Country stretches along I-80 to the north. Thousands of horsemen and covered wagons marched west along this corridor, once the pioneers’ main travel route. The Reno-Tahoe Territory on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada and the Pony Express Territory are equally steeped in history and still reminiscent of the Old West. The Pioneer Territory in southern Nevada was known for its gold and silver mines. The state’s largest city is Las Vegas, one of the largest centers for the gaming and entertainment industry in the entire world. Getting married is never easier here than here: about 230 couples get a marriage license every day. Another casino city, Reno is also known for its quiet suburbs and historical and natural attractions.
- Travelationary: Covers basic information about Nevada geography and economy.
Arriving by plane
Direct flights to Las Vegas are operated several times a week by Condor (DE) from Frankfurt/M. and offered by Swiss (LX) from Zurich. Flights to Las Vegas with stopovers are offered by American Airlines (AA), United (UA), Delta (DL) and Lufthansa (LH), among others. Edelweiss Air (WK) flies directly from Zurich to Las Vegas, from Vienna with a stopover in Zurich. Eurowings (EW) flies non-stop from Frankfurt/M. and Munich to Las Vegas. Eurowings Discover (4Y) flies direct from Munich to Las Vegas.
The Jet Blue Airpass lets you book 3 or more flights across the entire Jet Blue network in the US at once. The Jet Blue Airpass is valid for 90 days, can be changed flexibly, and luggage is included. For more information on the availability of limited concessions, contact STA Travel at +49-69-255 150 000. Jet Blue flies to Las Vegas and Reno in Nevada.
Arrival by car
Greyhound buses run from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, Utah, via Reno. There are also bus services with Gray Line Tours of Southern Nevada, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) and Ray & Ross Transport. Flixbus drives from Las Vegas, among others.
Note on arrival by car
Average bus travel times: Las Vegas – Denver: 16 hours; Las Vegas – Los Angeles: 5 hrs 30 mins; Las Vegas – Phoenix: 17 hrs 30 mins; Las Vegas – San Diego: 8 hrs; Las Vegas – Salt Lake City: 9 hrs; Reno – Los Angeles: 12 hrs 30 mins; Reno – Portland: 14 hours; Reno – San Francisco: 5 hrs; Reno – Salt Lake City: 10 hrs.
Arrival by train
There is an Amtrak service from San Francisco to Chicago (California Zephyr) via Reno. Learn more from Amtrak.
The Amtrak USA Rail Pass is valid on the entire Amtrak network. Detailed information under Arrival USA.
Passport and visa regulations
Entry with children
Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
169 Highway 50
US-89449 Stateline, Nevada
(775) 588.45.91, (800) 288.24.63 (toll free within the US).
http://tahoesouth.com Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority
4590 South Virginia Street
US-89502 Reno, Nevada
(775) 827.76.50, (800) 367.73.66 (toll free within the US).
http://www.visitrenotahoe.com Fallon Convention Center
100 Campus Way
US-89406 Fallon, Nevada
(775) 423 45 56, (866) 432 55 66 (toll free within the US).
http://www.fallontourism.com White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board
150 Sixth Street
US-89301 Ely, Nevada
(775) 289 37 20, (800) 496 93 50 (toll free within the US).
http://www.elynevada.net Red Rock Canyon Association
1000 Scenic Loop Drive
US-89161 Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 515 53 67.
http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org Nevada Commission on Tourism
c/o Aviareps GmbH
(089) 552 53 38 21
Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Bureau
c/o Aviareps Tourism GmbH
(089) 552 53 38 23.
Las Vegas is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. The real boom in Las Vegas began after World War II. Today, tourism and the gambling industry are the main sources of income. The Las Vegas Strip is at its best at dusk, when the illuminated facades of the numerous casinos compete with each other. Gamers will feel particularly at home in the Fremont Street Experience. A rollercoaster ride in the Adventuredome amusement park in the Circus Circus Hotel also provides an adrenaline rush. The fountains in front of the Bellagio offer a wonderful evening spectacle, accompanied by a sound and light show. Those interested in art and history should visit the Marjorie Barrick Museum or Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, Las Vegas’ first settlement. plan on. Visitors can also learn about Southern traditions at the Nevada State Museum. Memorabilia of pianist Liberace are housed in the Liberace Museum. If you want to get married quickly, use the Little White Wedding Chapel’s drive-thru Tunnel of Vows. Homosexual couples can now also take advantage of this opportunity.
At the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, visitors can view Black Canyon from the dam’s rim. Completed in 1935, this structure dams the Colorado River into Lake Mead. The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum shows the history of the creation of the dam and how the workers who built it lived. The Black Canyon River Raft Tour is a 12-mile, rapid-free route that begins at Hoover Dam.
Founded in 1902, the former mining town of Goldfield is now a ghost town and a popular visitor attraction thanks to its many well-preserved original buildings. Sights include the Esmeralda District Courthouse and the old mining area.
Laughlin, located directly on the Colorado River, is a popular vacation spot in Nevada. The city offers affordable accommodation and restaurants and a mild climate. Boats are available for hire at Laughlin Bay Marina. Laughlin offers trips to Hoover Dam, Big Bend State Recreation Area, the Black Mountains, the North Reach Trail, Oatman and Route 66, among others.
- Usaers: Provides a full list of major rivers and mountains in Nevada.
The casino city of Reno is also known for its quiet residential areas surrounded by historical and scenic attractions. Most casinos are located downtown on Virginia Street, such as B. the Harrah’s, the Eldorado, the Circus Circus and the Silver Legacy. The so-called River Walk follows the course of the river in a westerly direction to an amphitheater. Art lovers will definitely get their money’s worth in this city. The Sierra Nevada Museum of Art is spread over two buildings: The EL Weigand Museum, with a selection of touring exhibitions by local artists, and the Hawkins House, which specializes in 19th and 20th century American art. In the Stremmel Gallery and on the grounds of the University of Nevada, primarily contemporary artists exhibit their works. Nevada history is revisited at the Nevada Historical Society Museum. A visit to the Fleischmann Planetarium offers more variety.
Native American culture in Nevada
Nevada is known for its diverse Native American culture. Up to 30 different Indian ethnic groups had their hunting grounds in Nevada. In recent times, however, there have mostly been three: the Shoshone, the Southern Paiute and the Northern Paiute. Between Reno and Fallon is the Wigwam Native American Museum in Fernley. The museum belongs to the Wigwam Restaurant Casino, which is why culinary delights and cultural interests can be combined well at this place. The Nevada Historical Society Museum in Reno and the Nevada State Museum in Las Vegas provide comprehensive information about the Native American ethnic groups who lived and still live in Nevada. Participating in a powow is an unforgettable experience. Visit http://500nations.com/Nevada_Tribes.asp for more information.
Lake Tahoe is located on the California border in a well-known ski resort area of Mount Rose and Diamond Peak with vibrant nightlife and year-round sports and recreational opportunities. The breathtaking landscape is best admired from one of the many excursion boats. In the summer, the Shakespeare at Sand Harbor Festival is held here.
Nature lovers will be drawn to the popular Lake Mead National Recreation Area surrounding Lake Mead. Lake Mohave is also located here. Anglers and water sports enthusiasts will get their money’s worth at the lakes and hikers in the area, for example in the nearby Valley of Fire State Park or on the River Mountains Loop Trail.
Valley of Fire State Park
In Valley of Fire State Park you can hike through red canyons and a petrified forest. In the midst of this bizarre landscape of red rock formations there are also rock paintings that are 3000 years old. Popular activities here include camping, hiking, and photography.
The Lehman Caves in the Great Basin National Park, which impress with numerous stalagmites, stalactites and rare rock formations, should not be missed. In any season, the Great Basin National Park is an attractive destination for hikers, anglers, photographers, stargazers and anyone with an interest in natural history and early history.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Located in the Spring Mountains, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is mesmerizing with its unusual rock formations that shimmer in all sorts of hues. Here is also the Spring Mountain Ranch, the huge estate of the late millionaire Howard Hughes, which you can visit. Some of the most popular activities in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area include horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, bicycling, camping, and shooting.
cowboys and ranches
The Western Folklife Center in Elko provides information about western rancher culture and is known for the literary event “Cowboy Poetry Gathering”. A unique and quirky ranch, the 100-year-old Death Valley Ranch, also known as Scotty’s Castle, welcomes guests. It is tucked away in the green oasis of Grapevine Canyon in the northernmost part of Death Valley.
Carson Range in the Sierra Nevada
Atop the eastern steep hills of the Sierra Nevada, in their Carson Range, Nevada lies Lake Tahoe. However, the much larger part of the Sierra Nevada extends across the state of California. Carson City is only 9 miles from Lake Tahoe, yet is nearly 1,600 feet below the lake. At the foot of the lake is not only the capital of the state, but also Minden and Gardnerville. Carson Valley and Minden occupy the top spots on the popularity scale of glider pilots worldwide.
The Spring Mountains, named for the many springs that spring there, are home to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is a popular destination for snow sports enthusiasts, campers, anglers and hikers. Drivers will find numerous scenic byways here. The highest mountain in the Spring Mountains is Mount Charleston. Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort (website: www.skilasvegas.com ), also known as Lee Canyon, is located on Lee Peak off State Highway 156.
Death Valley National Park
Those who visit the famous Death Valley (»Valley of Death«) will take unforgettable impressions home with them. In the extreme weather conditions and landscape of Death Valley, which combines the superlatives of being the hottest, the driest and the lowest, there are unique geological features to be discovered. The area’s oldest rock deposits date almost from the beginning of the earth’s geological history.
Desert National Wildlife Refuge
The diverse beauty of the desert is evident in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex (website: www.fws.gov/refuge/desert/ ), which includes the following four National Wildlife Refuges: Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge (website: www.fws.gov /refuge/Pahranagat/ ), Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (website: www.fws.gov/refuge/ash_meadows/ ) and Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge (website: www.fws.gov/refuge/moapa_valley / ). The countless visitors who come every year observe animals that are only found here, birds or the nocturnal activities of scorpions and bats, as well as reptiles and even desert tortoises.
The numerous shopping centers offer an almost endless choice. The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, Fashion Show Mall, Boulevard Mall (Nevada’s largest mall), Meadows Mall (with 140 stores and restaurants), and the Factory Outlet District are among the most popular.
Las Vegas not only offers gambling, but also an excellent selection of restaurants. There is something for every taste and budget. The choice ranges from seafood or steak to Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese or Brazilian specialities. In typical Las Vegas style, visitors dine at the so-called Las Vegas Buffet, some of the most popular being the Golden Nugget Buffet, the Las Vegas Hilton, the Palatian Buffet at Caesar’s Palace, the Grand Evening Buffet, Maxim and the World’s Fare Buffet at The Riviera. The 50’s are evoked at Roxy’s Diner with milkshakes, sandwiches and hamburgers. The Stage Deli of Las Vegas at The Forum Shops at Caesar’ s Palace is part of the famous New York Stage Deli and offers something for every time of the day. The “California Cuisine” is based on fresh ingredients and an incomparable combination of European, Oriental, Central American and North American influences.
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Nevada’s climate is dry with abundant sunshine, light rainfall and snow. The average temperature ranges from 21°C in the south of the state to 7°C in the north.
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