For most people, Nevada is a synonym of gambling, partying, and drinking.
Therefore, we put together a list of the 15 best things to do in Nevada other than gambling.
But there is much more to the Silver State than just the glitz and glam of Las Vegas!
Nevada is also the home to incredible landscapes, superb restaurants, and unusual attractions.
So, if you are planning on visiting Nevada, take a look at his curated list of must-see attractions to enjoy all the state has to offer.
Best Things To Do In Nevada
1. Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam is a 726-foot-high dam that contains Lake Mead (the largest reservoir in the U.S.).
It is a modern engineering marvel and a national historic landmark.
Built during the Great Depression, today, the dam provides hydroelectric power to much of Nevada, Arizona, and California.
The Hoover Dam is a 45-minute ride away from downtown Las Vegas, or a short 20-minute helicopter flight.
The visitors’ center is open all year long and offers two guided tours: a 30-minute Powerplant Tour and a 60-minute Dam Tour.
2. Seven Magic Mountains
The Seven Magic Mountains are a public art exhibit located in Sloan.
Nevada, approximately 10 miles beyond the Sin City walls.
Created by the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, the exhibition features seven 30-foot neon painted totems of stacked limestone boulder.
Visitors can walk ri8ght into the exhibit and listen to interpretative audios of the work through their smartphone.
Keep in mind that the Seven Magic Mountains is a temporary exhibit, and will be on display until the end of 2021.
3. Fly Geyser
Located in the Black Rock Desert, on the privately-owned Fly Ranch.
The Fly Geiser is a man-made natural wonder
It was meant to be a conventional well to serve as an irrigation system to work the land.
However, nearly 100 years ago, while drilling the well, geothermal boiling water was hit.
As a result, a 10 to 12-foot calcium carbonate cone with hues of green and red was formed.
Today, the geyser can be seen from State Route 34 or by visiting the Fly Ranch.
If you decide to visit the property, you can partake in nature walks that include tours of the 3,800-acre farm and explore dozens of hot springs, cold springs, and more.
4. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is known to be a year-round vacation paradise.
It straddles the border of Nevada and California.
Making it the largest alpine lake in the country and the nation’s second deepest lake.
It offers a myriad of activities from Jet skiing, parasailing, boating.
And rafting in the summer to cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, or hiking in the winter.
There are other things to do in Lake Tahoe that do not include athletic activities, including sightseeing, fine dining, or spa hopping.
5. Red Rock Canyon
The Red Rock Canyon is located about 20 miles away from the Las Vegas strip.
It is known as one of Nevada’s most popular hiking areas.
Covering a diverse range of sites and geological formations.
The massive red rock formations are its most striking feature.
But, the 13-mile scenic ride at Red Rock Canyon, acts as the perfect backdrop for rock climbing, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.
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6. The Mob Museum
The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement is an extraordinary museum that tells the story of organized crime in America by showcasing hundreds of artifacts and documents.
Throughout the exhibits, you can see a clear storyline tracking the mob from the 19th century up until this day.
The attraction also includes a ‘speakeasy’ that allows you to travel back in time to the Prohibition Era, a distillery.
A firearm training simulator, and a crime lab that enables visitors to explore the work of crime scene investigators.
7. The Neon Boneyard
Las Vegas is filled with attention-grabbing neon signs that adorn the streets and are a symbol of the visual entity of an era.
Nonetheless, the truth is many of these signs are thrown away or replaced more often than you think.
The Neon Boneyard is the final ‘resting place’ of over 200 pieces of the most peculiar pieces of Sin City’s history.
Here, you can spot signs including the original Aladdin’s lamp from the Aladdin Casino and the restored lobby shell from the once very popular La Concha Motel.
The museum is open seven days a week, and tickets are available as early as a month in advance before your tour.
8. The Simpson’s House
If you are a die-hard fan of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie Simpson.
You should definitely visit this life-size version of their house located in Henderson, Nevada.
The house was built as a promotional stunt back in 1977 and recreated the exact iconic cartoon home.
Including all the furniture, colors, and decorations. Today, the house is repainted and acts as a private residence.
However, the basic shape and design of the home is still that of The Simpson’s home and can be viewed from the street.
9. Erotic Heritage Museum
The recently re-opened Erotic Heritage Museum (EHM) houses all kinds of artifacts related to human sexuality, including art, films, and literature.
It was founded in 2008 by Rev. Ted McIlvenna and Harry Mohney.
The reason behind it is that sexual pleasure and its depiction are natural aspects of the human experience that should be available to all.
The EHM is located in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is open seven days a week.
10. Pinball Hall Of Fame
The Pinball Hall of Fame is a warehouse filled with more than 1,000 pinball machines found in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The showcased pinballs are open to the public and include 200 games ranging from around the 1940s era to the modern-day.
The entrance is free, but older pinballs cost 25 cents per play, and newer 1990s models are set to 50 cents per game.
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11. High Roller
The High Roller, also known as the Las Vegas Observation Wheel.
Eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer.
It measures roughly 520 feet in diameter, and its highest point is 550 feet above the ground.
The attraction features 28 glass-enclosed cabins that can hold up to 40 people each.
The 30-minute ride offers broad views of Las Vegas and the Strip and has an open bar.
12. Dig This
Dig This is a quirky new adult themed park located just outside Las Vegas.
The park features a variety of construction and excavation equipment that guests can operate for hours at a time.
Some of the attractions include digging trenches up to 10 feet deep or building large earthen mounds.
To make it a fun-filled experience, Dig This also has different ‘skill tests’ for visitors to try.
Such as moving 2,000-pound tires or carefully plucking basketballs from the top of safety cones.
Reno is known as “The Biggest Little City in the World” .
And is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, approximately 22 miles away from Lake Tahoe.
It is the most populated area in Nevada, aside from Las Vegas.
And is home to a variety of attractions and recreational activities from culinary tours and sightseeing to snow tubing and visiting casinos.
Furthermore, the city also hosts the annual National Championship Air Races.
The Great Reno Balloon Race, and the Hot August Nights car convention.
14. Burning Man
Burning Man is an event held once a year at ‘Black Rock City.’
A temporary town built in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles north of Reno.
Each year the seven-days event poses a unique theme filled with art, music, and individual expression.
Burning Man is described by its developers as a “decommodified space that values who you are, not what you have,” promoting communal living and self-love.
The event takes place the week before and including Labor Day weekend.
In 2020 the dates are August 30-September 7.
To be part of this one-of-a-kind event, you must purchase tickets months in advance. Official tickets start at $425 but can cost up to $1,400 each.
15. Electric Daisy Carnival
The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is a three-day electronic music festival that happens once a year in Las Vegas.
The lineup usually includes dozens of DJs and world-class acts that perform in 9 amazing stages filled with lights and special effects.
The festival also includes all sorts of carnival rides from Ferris wheels to free-falling towers.
This event welcomes everyone and offers a place where people can connect and have a good time.
There you have it… Fifteen outdoorsy, unusual, and fun things to do in the state of Nevada.
And while there are plenty of other cool places you can visit, the above-listed attractions are a great way to begin your tour of the Silver State.
As you can see, there is much more to Nevada than gambling all your money at the casinos.
Partying like a rockstar, or partaking in a shot-gun wedding in Las Vegas.
Thus, keep in mind these attractions the next time you visit! Finally, if you are interested in other California travel guides.