Nevada

Beyond the neon lights, natural splendor awaits

Nevada is home to so much more than casinos. Located in the western United States — sandwiched between California and Utah — Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state, and its landscape of fiery-hued sandstone canyons and endless desert is a huge draw for outdoors enthusiasts.

Within an hour of Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire State Park and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area are playgrounds for hikers, rock climbers and mountain bikers. Also within an hour of Sin City lie Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, which offer the seemingly impossible: the largest reservoir in the U.S. in the middle of the desert. Further north, the flat landscape gives way to the towering mountains and pine tree forests of spectacular areas like Great Basin National Park and Lake Tahoe.