7 Reasons to Visit Nevada Other Than Las Vegas

Nevada road sign

Las Vegas is fun and has a lot to offer. However, visiting this amazing city is just one of the top reasons to visit Nevada for a full experience. Nevada is a state with plenty of interesting places and attractions that will leave you speechless. What Nevada has to offer goes beyond neon signs, high-end restaurants, luxury, or anything you probably saw in the movies. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or scouting for some incredible locations, rest assured Nevada has them all. So, make sure to give it a go, and plan a memorable trip!

Prepare before you go on a trip to Nevada

People often think Nevada’s climate is hot and dry. However, Nevada also includes mountain ranges where temperatures may significantly drop, especially at night. So, decide what kind of traveler you are. Light clothes will do just fine if your goal is to sightsee, take lots of photos, and dine at nice places. On the other hand, hiking and nature exploration will require you to bring a jacket or hoodie just in case. Winters in Nevada are super cold, depending on where you are heading. Therefore, if you want to hike during February, don’t expect summer heat in the mountains.

Lakes and state parks, one of the reasons to visit Nevada
There are many reasons to visit Nevada that can inspire you to go on a trip of your lifetime!

1 – Lakes and state parks are one of the top reasons to visit Nevada

You will reach amazing Lake Tahoe if you hike in the Sierra Nevada Mountains (California border). It’s a year-round popular natural area where nature lovers from all over the world come to admire the scenic view and take some lovely photos. Those willing to explore more can take various hiking routes or set up a tent at their favorite campsite. Another place that offers a variety of outdoor recreational activities – kayaking, hiking, etc. -is Lake Mead National Recreation Area. This spacious area welcomes anyone willing to enjoy astounding places in Nevada no one ever gets to experience anywhere else! 

Nevada is also home to state parks like the Valley of Fire. Located about an hour of drive from Las Vegas, this place has some of the most fantastic rock formations and movie-like landscapes. 

2 – Exquisite restaurants

Nevada is also a popular destination among foodies who go on a road trip just to experience tasty menus. For example, those who seek a nice Western European-like dining experience may find French-inspired restaurants that serve authentic dishes. Furthermore, Nevada is well-known for amazing pizzas basically everywhere you go!

3 – Ghostown road trip

Nevada is also full of so-called ghost towns that inspire many to go on a unique road trip:

●     Techatticup – once a post-civil war town, is now turned into a prop city. This abandoned place is often utilized as a location for magazine editorials and filming.

●     Virginia City – home of abandoned, haunted hotels and salons frozen in time. The place is located nearby the city of Reno and welcoming to everyone wanting to sneak into Nevada’s dynamic history and lifestyle at the time.

●     Metropolis Ghost Town – yet another attempt to establish a city that ended up in ruins. Metropolis Ghost Town is also favored as a scouting location among the filmmakers.

4 – Lots of outdoor options you can never get enough of

If you are into kayaking, hiking, or camping, you mustn’t miss out on Nevada’s outdoor areas. You can also add a stargazing session by traveling close to Tonopah – a town known as the best location with clear, starry nights.

Woman in white dress posing in front of colorful rock formations
Nevada has lots of places where you can take top-notch photos.

5 – The city of Reno

As it’s obvious, there’s more to Nevada than casinos, flash, and bling. That’s why visiting the city of Reno is a must. Reno is the third largest Nevada place with all one needs for a happy and fulfilling life. Once you go there, you are close to Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, state parks, and ghost towns. Reno has lots of picturesque and walkable spots like Raymond L. Smith Truckee River Walk. It’s also a city where you will get to visit some of the most exciting museums and unusual places:

  • National Automobile Museum – where you can see authentic Elvis Presley’s 1973 Cadillac Eldorado or John Wayne’s 1953 Chevrolet Corvette.
  • Nevada Museum of Art
  • Fleischmann Planetarium

6 –  Burning Man

The biggest electronic music festival in the world is hosted in the Black Rock Desert (Nevada). It gathers artists, musicians, and people from all over the world looking forward to unforgettable times. The festival begins in late August or early September every year, and the tickets sell out quickly.

clear night sky with lots of stars
People often go to popular Nevada spots for stargazing.

7 – International Car Forest of the Last Church

This is probably one of the most unusual outdoor, free-of-charge exhibitions you’ll visit. Just head over to Goldfield to see half-buried, sprayed junk vehicles. The location is perfect for explorers, urban photographers, fashion photoshoots, etc.

Make sure to visit Nevada before you move there

If you’re looking forward to moving to Nevada, then you have a strong reason to pay a visit and explore as much as possible. When you know what awaits you in your new place of residence, there’s no lack of motivation. Remember that moving, especially cross-country, is a time-consuming endeavor. It takes time and a specialized team of cross-country movers to transfer your life here without stress. It really comes in handy to visit the Nevada place you’re moving to before you begin packing.

Hire credible cross-country movers on time

It’s recommended to begin searching for the movers when you pick the relocation dates. What you should pay attention to is the type of company that is supposed to carry out your move. Cross Country movers are your best options since they usually offer both moving and storage services. So, focus on experienced and licensed cross-country movers who can get the work done in a timely manner. Book a few free moving estimates and pick the company with the best service offer.

 As already mentioned, moving is one of the many reasons to visit Nevada. It will keep you motivated once you realize what awaits you once your relocation journey is made. Pick the city you wish to relocate to, visit your future neighborhood, and coffee shops, take a walk, and familiarize yourself with the place as much as you can.

My Favourite Hotels Around the World

This Post Was Originally Published on the TuGo Travel Blog on November 25, 2019 by Mark Crone

The list of my favourite hotels around the world could go on and on—it’s almost unlimited. But I’ve put together a shortlist based on the hotel and the destination experience. There’s a mix of larger hotels and smaller properties. While it’s great to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, it’s also great to enjoy the area and destination. I’ve stayed at all 5 properties several times—they’re all comfortable and highly recommended. Here’s my shortlist of favourite hotels, in no particular order:

Flemings Mayfair, London

The Flemings Mayfair Hotel on Half Moon Street in London

In London, hotel choices are limitless and highly dependent on location. The Flemings is situated right in the heart of central London, in the prestigious Mayfair area. The first time I stayed there, I went for a walk through Green Park (down the street and minutes away) and literally came upon Buckingham Palace on the other side. The small hotel (129 rooms) is located on a quiet residential street which gives a homely feel to the hotel. Flemings Mayfair is an independent, family-owned property and the second oldest established hotel in London, dating back to 1731.
Room prices are available from £250 per night, which includes breakfast. It’s great value for central London and a well-equipped, recently renovated property!

Kristall Hotel, Austria

Winter view looking at the Hotel Kristall in Austria

The family-run Hotel Kristall in Perisau at Lake Achensee is a must-visit. In the winter, the area is a winter wonderland with skiing, skating, snowshoeing and more. In the summer you can go biking, hiking, golfing and trek mountains nearby. The small (50 room) hotel has a luxury feel and a comfortable ambience. There’s a renowned spa, gourmet dinners in the new vaulted cellar and weekly wine tastings in the wine repository. The hotel is a short walk from Lake Achensee, mountain attractions and nearby cable cars and mountain ranges. Staying at the Kristall is an escape holiday, where you simply lose track of days and time (the best kind of holidays)! The combination of the gorgeous landscape and the surrounding alpine world creates a lasting memory of Tyrol!
Suite prices start at 150 Euro per person with special inclusive packages available.

Royal York, Toronto

Inside a guest room at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada

The Fairmont Royal York, formerly and commonly known as the Royal York, is considered one of Canada’s grand railway hotels. It’s a large historic luxury hotel located along Front Street West, directly across from Union Station in the southern end of the Financial District, in central Downtown Toronto.
The hotel opened in June 1929 and has 1,363 guest rooms and suites, including Signature or Luxury, along with eight types of suites. In addition to first-rate facilities, the Royal York is connected to the PATH system, a series of pedestrian tunnels that connect numerous buildings in Downtown Toronto. There’s also a tunnel directly connecting the hotel to Union Station and to Scotiabank Arena (home of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA Toronto Raptors and major concerts).
You can’t beat the Royal York’s location in Toronto. Room rates start at $195.

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Caesar Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

Caesars Palace opened in 1966 and is one of Las Vegas’s largest and best-known landmarks. The hotel is located right on the Las Vegas Strip between the Bellagio and The Mirage. Caesars is meant to give a Roman Empire feel with statues, columns and a 20-foot statue of Augustus Caesar near the entrance.
It’s a large deluxe resort property with 3,976 rooms and suites in six towers, a convention facility, a large range of restaurants and outdoor pools, among many other features. The hotel operates a large casino and “The Colosseum”, a venue for live music and sports entertainment, featuring major entertainers for one-night shows and residence stays. There’s also a sizable shopping mall attached to the resort called “The Forum Shops at Caesars”.
Despite its size, the hotel is very comfortable and has absolutely everything on site, making it a great choice for a Las Vegas stay. Rooms can be as low as $99 per night!

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Aerial view of the Burj Al Arab in Dubai

Dubai is one of the seven emirates forming the United Arab Emirates, and it’s a very unique destination . It’s one of the most sought-after destinations for travellers from around the world, with its endless choices for fine dining, shopping, and luxury accommodations. The 7-star Burj Al Arab is perhaps the top choice in Dubai (and possibly anywhere).
The Burj al Arab is the iconic “sail” hotel located directly on the Persian Gulf in Dubai. It features all-suite accommodation, which includes butler service and a private beach. You don’t need to leave the property (and might not want to with room rates). The Burj has 201 suites, 9 restaurants, 5 pools, a spa, fitness centre and much more. If you’d like to make a grand entrance, you can arrive by helicopter on their roof or by chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce. It’s the lap of luxury and pure fantasy rolled into one: a once in a lifetime hotel experience.
It’s still one of my favourite hotels of all time! Rates start at $4,300 USD including breakfast for two.

These are my 5 favourite hotels, but my hotel list continues to grow! What’s your favourite?
Safe travels,
Mark

Visiting Las Vegas: 5 Specialty Museums to Visit

Las Vegas

If you are visiting Las Vegas, it’s all about the experience you can’t find anywhere else. Between the world-class dining, gambling, and special performances, Vegas delivers. But there are also attractions that not only provide a fun time for the whole family, but offer some cultural enrichment, as well.

As a crossroads between California and the rest of America, Las Vegas has built an amazing collection of museums that offer a glimpse of bygone Americana and other areas of curiosity.

Here are five of the best specialty museums Las Vegas has to offer:

1. Visiting Las Vegas – Pinball Hall of Fame

Las Vegas Pinball

You don’t have to be a “pinball wizard” to enjoy a trip to the Pinball Hall of Fame. It’s 10,000 square feet of lights, bells, sirens, bumpers, and balls was established as a way for the Las Vegas Pinball Collector’s Club to show off their wide collection of machines.
While most of the machines are from the 1970s and 1980s, the oldest models date back
decades farther, while the newest machines are from the 1990s and feature themes that
younger generations be familiar with. If you’re a pinball buff, you’ll find hours of enjoyment at this museum.

2. Visiting Las Vegas – The Mob Museum

Las Vegas Mob Museum

If your movie collection features names like DeNiro and Pacino, then The Mob Museum is for you. Built as a time capsule of organized crime and the brave G-men who worked tirelessly to take down gangsters, The Mob Museum offers a rare look into the seedy underbelly of an American criminal institution: the Mafia. You’ll explore exhibits that follow the mafia from its Sicilian roots to Las Vegas itself, with all of the juxtaposition of glamour and gore that has kept Hollywood and movie audiences everywhere enamored with the with tales of the mob. Static and interactive exhibits abound, giving you an up-close look at the lives of gangsters.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to try out the display guns. For that, you’ll need to visit Machine Guns Vegas, where you can try out popular law enforcement firearms and real machine guns on their highly safe Las Vegas shooting range. For fans of The Godfather, it’s an offer not to refuse.

3. Visiting Las Vegas – Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum

Las Vegas Haunted House

At 11,000 sq.ft. and already reportedly haunted, this museum is a perfect fit for Zak Bagans’ collection of the paranormal. As the collection has grown, so have the reports of strange apparitions and occurrences. One of the most famous pieces in the collection is the Dybbukbox, a haunted wine cabinet with a storied past that was the inspiration for the movie The Possession.

If you’re frightened of things that inexplicably go bump in the night, this museum may not be for you. However, if you can’t resist the thrill of rubbing shoulders with the alleged supernatural, The Haunted Museum may make you leave believing that ghosts are indeed real.

4. Visiting Las Vegas – National Atomic Testing Museum

Las Vegas Atomic Bomb Museum

Relive prepping for the Cold War with a trip to the National Atomic Testing Museum. An affiliate of the Smithsonian, this museum contains relics of the burgeoning atomic age, some of which come directly from the nearby Nevada Test Site for military weapons.
Features include inactive nuclear weapons, geiger counters, pop culture materials from the 1950s to present that are associated with nuclear war, and a simulated nuclear test that lets you experience a virtual version of an atmospheric nuclear test. Of all the museums on the list, it’s safe to say this one will be a blast.

5. Visiting Las Vegas – King’s Ransom Museum

Las Vegas Elvis Museum

Las Vegas is known for entertainment, and there has never been a modern music star bigger than The King. If you’re an Elvis Presley aficionado, be sure to put the King’s Ransom Museum on your to-do list. Packed with the Presley’s own property, you’ll see clothes, cars, and accessories that are instantly recognizable from his movies, performances, and public life.

This multi-million dollar exhibit may not be Graceland, but it’s the next best thing. It’s a great way to honor and remember the King of Rock ‘n Roll. Elvis played 636 sold-out shows at the International and Las Vegas Hilton from 1969-1976. A museum to his rock-and-roll majesty was definitely in order.

Meet the Author:
Jordan McDowell is a writer, aficionado of American culture, and second amendment rights advocate. As a proponent of responsible gun rights nationwide, he writes about recreational hunting, American history, and the latest developments in state and federal firearms legislation.