Nevada Vacation Activities:
You’ll have a hard time getting bored in Nevada. You can ski the slopes in the morning, walk greens in the afternoon, catch a show in the evening and of course hit the slots or tables after dark. You’ll find world-famous shows, five-star resorts and casinos, thousands of shopping venues and an abundance of outdoor activities sure to please even the most ardent nature lovers. You can bike or hike the Tahoe Rim Trail, navigate a kayak through downtown Reno on the Truckee River, go off-roading up Sand Mountain and snowmobile miles of wide-open landscape. You can even test your driving skills in the Mario Andretti and Jeff Gordon Racing School at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
When planning a trip to Nevada, you’ll find spacious vacation homes, luxury accommodations and trendy resorts and casinos, as well as, log cabins along a pristine river and ski chalets nestled in the snow-capped mountains for those wanting to stay a bit closer to nature… Nevada has plenty of places for your home away from home depending on your preferences, destination, amenities and budget.
In Nevada, there are endless possibilities for outdoor recreation. In the northeast, a.k.a. “Cowboy Country,” you can find plenty of hunting, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fishing and horseback riding. The northwest is Reno-Tahoe Territory, home to America’s Adventure Place. World-class skiing, hiking and biking at Lake Tahoe draws travelers from around the world. Across the north central region of Nevada lies the Pony Express Territory. A drive on “The Loneliest Road in America,” U.S. Highway 50, takes you roughly along the same path as the famous wild west mail route with which the territory shares its name. Nevada Silver Trails encompasses everything from the tallest point in Nevada, Boundary Peak, to blazing Death Valley National Park and mysterious Area 51. Perhaps most famous, the Las Vegas Territory, has something for everyone, from designer shopping, gourmet dining and spa retreats to high-stakes poker, roller coasters and pulsating nightlife. And just a short jaunt from downtown Vegas is the Hoover Dam, and, don’t forget the Grand Canyon on the Arizona-Nevada border. Grand Canyon National Park is undeniably one of the world’s premier natural attractions -- attracting about five million visitors per year -- and it’s right on Nevada’s doorstep.
Whether you’re looking for a rustic cabin rental near one of the magnificent national or state parks, a vacation home near a Lake Tahoe, a five-star villa with full-service spa, or a world class ski resort or chalet, Nevada has it all… and the views are amazing.
And did you know the Silver State has more than 300 naturally occurring hot springs? Treat yourself to magnificent views of the Sierra Nevada while soaking in a steamy mineral pool. Take time out from all of your exciting Nevada adventures and melt the day’s worries away while enjoying Mother Nature’s wonders.
Nevada vacation homes, chalets, villas and resorts await.
Las Vegas - Las Vegas Vacation Rentals
When most people think of Nevada, they think of Las Vegas. And with good reason. Las Vegas leaves an indelible mark on its visitors (and we don’t mean tattoos, although that has been known to happen, too). From its first-class resorts, shopping and dining to its exciting entertainment and nightlife, Las Vegas has earned its status as one of the world’s premier tourist destinations. The largest city in Nevada has long outgrown its adult playground reputation and is now well known as a family friendly retreat with tons of cool attractions for the kiddos.
The mega-resorts that line The Strip are each spectacular and unique. Get your charge card ready for The Forum Shops in Caesars Palace featuring more than 160 boutiques and shops. Enjoy a graceful and romantic cruise down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola at The Venetian. Pamper yourself with a stone massage or rejuvenating facial at The Bellagio’s world-class spa. And don’t forget to experience the roller coasters and other rides at Circus Circus, Stratosphere and New York New York. That’s right – we said roller coasters!
Although they’re each unique, the amazing resorts that line the world-famous Vegas Strip all have one thing in common, of course – world-famous gaming. Whether your drawn to roulette or the slots, blackjack or poker, you’ll be doing it in the place that does it best… Viva Las Vegas!
And just a 45-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip is the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort. What better way to spend a day than an exhilarating morning on the slopes and an exciting night on the Strip?
Reno - Reno Vacation Rentals
Reno is the gateway to outdoor adventure in Nevada. Known as “America’s Adventure Place,” Reno is within an hour's drive from 18 ski resorts, Lake Tahoe, the state capital Carson City, thousands of mountain biking and hiking trails, beautiful nearby lakes, as well as the Truckee River running through the center of downtown. Add to that the plethora of hotels, gaming, plus Reno’s growing nightlife, and you get an idea why travelers often chose to stay a couple extra days.
The Riverwalk District in downtown Reno is home to the immensely popular monthly wine walk. Also downtown, the annual Reno River Festival is a huge draw, where Kayakers can enjoy the Truckee River Whitewater Park, amid an eclectic mix of shops and eateries. And if you’re a big fan of cars, you may want to check out Hot August Nights, Reno’s famous classic-car event and the National Automobile Museum.
Well-appointed bed and breakfasts, cabins and vacation homes provide lots of options for fine lodging.
Lake Tahoe - Lake Tahoe Vacation Rentals
The largest alpine lake in the United States, Lake Tahoe is 91 square miles of crystal clear water and 72 miles of pristine shoreline. There’s no shortage of luxury vacation homes at this destination ski resort.
Zephyr Cove, on the southeast shore, is always lively with jet skiing, boating, parasailing and lounging on the beach. Lunch boat tours are a great way to take in the panorama of the lake and surrounding mountains and evening dinner cruises can be spectacularly romantic as you dine and dance under the stars.
The south shore is bustling with casinos in the town of Stateline. At the base of the Heavenly ski resort sits the Heavenly Village, a great place to shop and dine. In-town eateries and nightlife are an easy stroll from local lodging.
Things on the north shore are a bit more laidback – perfect for those who really want to take in the natural surroundings.
Squaw Valley USA on the north shore is world-famous for hosting the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, and it is just one of 18 alpine ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area. The surrounding backcountry offers vast snowshoeing and cross-country skiing terrain for beginners as well as the hard-core.
The 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail circles one of the world's most beautiful lakes, and winds through two states, several wilderness areas, National Forest and state park lands, and an incredible diversity of geology, flora, and fauna. Much of the Tahoe Rim Trail was constructed for the pleasure of hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers, using modern trail-building techniques to make it more navigable and drawing nature lovers from around the world.
And when you're done playing, take in the Tahoe nightlife, relax in a soothing hot tub and stay in one of the luxurious condominiums with a view of the slopes.
Carson City - Carson City Vacation Rentals
Nevada’s state capital, Carson City, is nestled in the northwestern part of the state only a short drive from Lake Tahoe and Reno. Carson City offers popular shopping, dining, culture and nightlife while maintaining its historic charm. Its location on the eastern side of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada also provides unlimited year-round outdoor recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, hiking, biking, golf, and a plethora of snow sports.
Golfers will appreciate the Divine Nine, a group of nine golf courses in the Carson City and Carson Valley area, where the thin high-altitude air offers little resistance to the ball as it’s driven down the fairways.
In the winter, Carson City is a great place to stay while exploring the nearby slopes, with 18 resorts within 35 miles of Carson City. Visitors will find a good variety of accommodations and entertainment to choose from while in Carson City.
Hoover Dam, located just 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on U.S. 93, spans the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between Nevada and Arizona. Considered to be the world’s largest dam and an engineering marvel at the time of its construction in the 1930s, today, the dam draws nearly a million visitors a year. Here tourists marvel at the dam’s immense size and its huge hydroelectric generators, as well as the elegant Art Deco designs and Modernist-style bronze sculptures on the dam’s four towers, spillways, power plant and plaza. Visitors also find a plaque commemorating the 96 workers who died during the dam’s construction.
Lake Mead - View Lake Mead Vacation Rentals
Damming the Colorado River created Lake Mead, a National Recreation Area offering boating, fishing, camping, hiking, waterskiing and swimming. Visitors enjoy the stark beauty of the desert surrounding the lake, which sits at the junction of the Mojave, the Great Basin and the Sonoran deserts. Below the dam, you can also launch a paddle craft for a trip on the Colorado River or take a guided river tour. If you’re heading to Las Vegas but still want to take in Nevada’s stunning topography, consider a side trip to Lake Mead, the largest manmade lake in the Western Hemisphere.
State and National Parks - Nevada Vacation Rentals near State Parks
From the magnificent Great Basin National Park on the eastern side of the state to the beautiful Lake Tahoe State Park in the west, and from Red Rock Canyon in the south to Wild Horse in the north, visitors to Nevada’s State and National Parks, as well as countless regional and municipal parks, find a vast display of natural beauty. From stark desert landscapes to lush verdant mountain scenery, alpine lakes and man-made reservoirs, Nevada’s terrain is positively captivating.
The wildlife on display in Nevada is equally impressive. The Silver State is home to hundreds of species of birds, bears, fish, lions, deer, and elk, as well as rabbits, squirrels, bighorn sheep, coyotes and several types of reptiles including toads, lizards and snakes. Throughout Nevada you will find habitats, preserves and refuges dedicated to wildlife conservation and viewing. In fact, at the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in the Amargosa Valley, there are more than 20 plants and animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
Despite the foreboding moniker, Death Valley National Park is filled with miles of pristine sand dunes, colorful rocks and canyons and a diverse array of wildlife. The massive park measures 3.4 million acres of largely unpopulated terrain. Early settlers who mined the region during the end of the last century gave certain features in the valley names to depict the extreme surroundings and great hardship they endured, such as Hell’s Gate, Starvation Canyon, Coffin Peak, Dead Man Pass and the Funeral Mountains. Today’s visitors will find Death Valley far more inviting.
The only national park located entirely within Nevada, Great Basin National Park is a wonderland of outdoor beauty, home to ancient bristlecone pines, beautiful towering peaks and limestone formations like Lexington Arch as well as amazing features like the Lehman Caves.
Valley of Fire State Park is thought by many to be the most beautiful park in Nevada. Near Overton, Nevada, just 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire offers a rolling landscape of petrified dunes, massive, unique boulders and sheer sandstone cliffs set amid the beautiful and colorful landscape near the north end of Lake Mead. The valley is one of the most picturesque locations in the Southwest especially as sunset hits the red rocks.
Ski Resorts - Nevada Skiing Vacation Rentals
Nevada means “snow-covered” in Spanish, and with more than 33 feet of snow annually at some ski resorts, you can understand why. No matter where you are in Nevada, you’re just a short drive from the slopes. The Lake Tahoe region is the densest skiing area in the state and with more than 24,000 acres of skiing at 18 resorts, Lake Tahoe is one of the premier ski destinations in the world.
When the ski lifts close, experience a gourmet meal at one of the countless fine dining establishments and eateries or enjoy an après ski cocktail and appetizer at one of the local hot spots. Add a day off the slopes to your itinerary to experience one of the numerous other winter activities available, like snowmobiling or ice-skating at Northstar-at-Tahoe or Squaw Valley USA. Also, there’s a gondola ride from the shores of the lake to the mountain that gives you a magnificent view of the lake and sparkling lights from Tahoe’s casinos. For a little more romance after a day on the slopes opt for a dinner cruise aboard the Tahoe Queen or MS Dixie II.
With nearly 100 trails of impeccably groomed, wide-open lanes, Heavenly Mountain Ski Resort lives up to its name. Heavenly tops out with a summit elevation of more than 10,000 feet, and with 80 percent of its runs designated intermediate, expert and advanced, it will challenge even the best skiers and boarders. Heavenly offers one of the most stunning lake views of any Tahoe resort. Heavenly Village, tucked at the base of the gondola, is mere steps from the bustling town of Stateline and its many hotels and casinos. Browse the many shops and cafés in the Village, or stroll into Stateline for a five-star meal and a memorable night out at the clubs
Although Tahoe is a skiers dream, skiing in Nevada does not end there. Make your own trail in Elko’s Ruby Mountains with a heli-skiing excursion. The pristine wilderness and untouched powder of eastern Nevada is an exhilarating sight to behold. And with a ski resort less than an hour north of the Las Vegas Strip, you’re never far from the excitement of the slopes.
Golf - Nevada Golfing Vacation Rentals
The Silver State is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. Boasting more than 100 courses to choose from, more than 300 days of sunshine every year and sweeping views of the majestic Sierra Nevada from golf courses around Reno and Lake Tahoe you’ll understand why golfers from around the world love golfing Nevada. And with supremely comfortable year-round play in the Las Vegas area, you’ll never have to wait for golf season again.