Nevada

Things to do in Nevada

Drive the 92-mile stretch of State Route 375 between Hiko and Warm Springs, NV, known as the Extraterrestrial Highway, which runs through beautiful desert and past the off-limits Nevada Test and Training Range and Area 51.

This otherworldly bowl-shaped hole is nearly 4,000 feet across and 430 feet deep, and was formed two million years ago when lava bubbled along a fault line. To get there, turn right onto US-6 east at the Warm Springs junction.

This tour operator runs daily bus trips to Red Rock Canyon and offers convenient hotel pick-up.

The 30.2 miles from Sparks to Pyramid Lake is full of stone and blue sky. A 15-mile-long sapphire lake surrounded by purple indian paintbrush flowers provides a beautiful payoff at the end. While you're there, look for the lake's dramatic pyramids, called tufa.

Situated just off the Strip, this aquarium is home to more than 2,000 animals, including 100 sharks, piranhas, rare golden crocodiles, and a 300-pound endangered sea turtle.

Part of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in downtown, this pool and lounge area is next door to the hotel’s infamous club Rehab. In 2010, Hard Rock opened HRH Beach Club with a $750-million-expansion that created nearly five acres of pool space.

Part street carnival—fire-breathers, mimes, exhibitionists, and local bands mix with the pedestrian traffic—and part serious exhibition, the art crawl takes place on the first Friday of each month and meanders around the galleries that have set up shop in downtown’s former warehouses and auto bod