A picturesque mountain setting and a core full of 19th-century structures from its Comstock Lode glory days draw tourists to Virginia City, Nevada’s most famous mining boomtown.
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Ghost towns are scattered all across Nevada. A few of them are still sparsely inhabited, but most are completely abandoned.
Orange-red sand dunes accented by tall ponderosa pines, pinyons and junipers create a striking and unusual landscape in Southern Utah’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
The beautiful area offers picnicking, camping, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, biking and ATV trail riding in summer; splendid color and hunting in autumn; and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in winter.
About 350 miles from Las Vegas sits Fort Churchill, a remnant of Nevada’s turbulent years as a U.S. territory which figured prominently during the Civil War.
Nevada’s bed-and-breakfast inns invite guests to explore unique locations such as ghost towns, historic communities, urban districts or rural serenity.
Consistently winning notice as one of Nevada’s best rural attractions, the Nevada Northern Railway in Ely offers adventurous and instructive excursions into the state’s past. The Nevada Northern’s museum tours and train rides provide fun for visitors of all ages, including families, those seeking unique experiences and dedicated railroad buffs.
Because it has always had a few residents to watch over it during its down cycles, the ghost town retains a few original streets, where about 50 weathered wooden structures remain.
Springtime arrives swiftly in the little valley of Mountain Meadows in southwestern Utah. It paints the grassy fields with fresh green and splashes of bright wildflowers.
For many travelers following busy U.S. Highway 95 through Nevada, Tonopah is just a place to pause for a bite to eat and to gas up before pushing on to other destinations. But the former mining boomtown 200 miles northwest of Las Vegas deserves a closer look to experience its charm and explore its fascinating history.
Among the pleasures of living in Nevada are the huge expanses of open space surrounding our scattered cities and towns. Nevadans seeking downtime in the outdoors do not have to go far from home. Even in an urban area such as Las Vegas, dozens of recreational destinations wait to be explored, accessible within minutes.
After more than 60 years in operation, Bonnie Springs Ranch still draws crowds year-round. The privately owned dude ranch is minutes from Las Vegas, surrounded by the arresting scenery of the Red Rock National Conservation Area.
Retracing historic Route 66 is an iconic road trip, variously scenic, nostalgic and quirky.
A beautiful destination for a cool-season excursion, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge offers hiking, picnicking and wildlife watching. It encompasses 23,000 acres of desert uplands and streams, ponds, reservoirs and wetlands created by more than 50 springs, mostly warm water.
A resilient survivor of one of the last great gold-mining booms in the West, Beatty persists as a commercial center and transportation hub in sparsely populated Nye County.
With stunning scenery, a colorful past and plenty of adventurous outdoor activities, rugged Eldorado Canyon invites visitors to step back in time.
The Clark County Museum offers absorbing excursions into Southern Nevada’s past. It includes indoor exhibit space, a neighborhood of vintage houses, a railroad depot and more.
Death Valley National Park attracts visitors year-round, but springtime brings the greatest number of people.
Proud of its pioneer past, Kingman, Ariz., preserves and promotes its history as a crossroads community to appeal to today’s travelers.
Longtime Las Vegans probably recall predawn trips to park along the Tonopah Highway north of town for a really big free show — an atomic bomb going off in the desert on the Nevada Test Site.
Beautiful views of rugged mountains across the Colorado River welcome visitors to Willow Beach in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The popular destination on the Arizona side of the river attracts boaters, rafters, anglers, campers and sightseers. Its proximity to Boulder City and Las Vegas makes Willow Beach ideal for short outings and quick access to the river.
Southern Utah’s striking rock formations create vivid scenic desert landscapes that attract tourists, photographers and movie makers. Lately, they have also been attracting the attention of paleontologists.
One of those hidden beauty spots that delight desert lovers, scenic Afton Canyon lies off Interstate 15 between Baker and Barstow in Southern California.
Centered in an area known as the “Arizona Riviera,” Lake Havasu City makes a great destination for a cool-season getway, with opportunities for adventurous outdoor activities as well as laid-back relaxation.
Snow-capped Charleston Peak and neighboring crags west of Las Vegas remind us that winter is here, despite balmy days on the desert floor. Every storm front moving through the area promises snow, luring crowds to the mountains.