Nevada has an annual rain fall of only seven inches, making it the driest state in the country. It is prone to extremes in climate and altitude. Knowing about these facts can help you prepare for your stay in the state and ensure that you have an enjoyable time while there.
Wide Open Spaces
Nevada is filled with wide open spaces. There are times when you’ll go 100 miles without spotting a gas station. Be sure to keep your gas tank filled to avoid running out of fuel on a deserted road out in the middle of nowhere. It also a good idea to let family know your destination on any given day and have a person you plan to check in with to let them know you returned safely. If you get out in the desert and can’t get back, you’ll want this person to know when you left, when you planned to return, where you were going and who to contact to get you help.
On the west end of Nevada, the Sierra Nevada mountain range reaches altitudes of 7,000 feet. The desert can be extremely hot, reaching temperatures well beyond 100 degrees Farhenheit, but the higher altitudes can be freezing cold. In addition, a hot dessert can cool off rapidly after the sun goes down. Prepare for these two extremes by taking plenty of sunscreen and a jacket.
There is more to see and do in Nevada than hit the Las Vegas casinos. The state is filled with historical sites you’ll want to peruse. Drive along Highway 50 and you’ll come across ghost towns that were once silver mining hubs, bird watching areas and even petroglyphs. Nevada also has seven different state museums you can visit to learn more about the history of the state. Learn about the influence of mining and the railroad to this area of the country. Visit Old Nevada for a fun look at what the wild west was like in Las Vegas more than 100 years ago.
Nevada is known as the gambling capital of the world and a visit to this state just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Las Vegas. In addition to dining, entertaining live shows and gambling, the strip has a lot to offer. You’ll find displays such as the Volcano that “erupts” in front of the Mirage each night, a gondola ride through the Bellagio and a roller coaster at the New York, New York hotel.