Nevada is a state in the Western region of the United States. It is bordered by Oregon to the northwest, Idaho to the northeast, California to the west, Arizona to the southeast, and Utah to the east. Nevada is the 7th-most extensive, the 32nd-most populous, and the 9th-least densely populated of the U.S. states.
Nevada has a reputation for its libertarian laws. In 1940, with a population of just over 110,000 people, Nevada was by far the least-populated state, with less than half the population of the next least-populous state, Wyoming. However, legalized gambling and lenient marriage and divorce laws transformed Nevada into a major tourist destination in the 20th century. Nevada is the only U.S. state where prostitution is legal, though it is illegal in its most populated regions – Clark County (Las Vegas), Washoe County (Reno) and Carson City (which, as an independent city, is not within the boundaries of any county).
The tourism industry remains Nevada’s largest employer, with mining continuing as a substantial sector of the economy: Nevada is the fourth-largest producer of gold in the world. Nevada is the driest state, and over time and influenced by climate change, droughts in Nevada have been increasing in frequency and severity, putting a further strain on Nevada’s water security.
Capital: Carson City, NV
Population: 3,104,614 (2020)
Official Website: https://nv.gov/
Tourist Attractions for Nevada:
Nevada’s amazing landscapes are often overshadowed by the glitter and glitz of its biggest city, Las Vegas. While this is a city you won’t want to miss, Nevada is a state filled with incredible natural attractions, scenic drives, small towns, and wonderful opportunities for outdoor activities.
National parks and recreation areas provide outstanding terrain for hiking, biking, climbing, horseback riding, and fishing. You can even find ski hills in the high mountains. If you aren’t up for that level of activity, you can simply enjoy the sights from the comfort of your car.
- Las Vegas
- Hoover Dam
- Lake Tahoe
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area
- Valley of Fire State Park
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
- Great Basin National Park
- Burning Man
- Lamoille Canyon
- Mount Charleston