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Places to Go in Nevada (Besides Vegas)


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Las Vegas is often the main event in Nevada, no matter what month it is and there are a lot of things to do in Las Vegas whenever you visit. There are, however, other things to check out if you have a chance to visit other parts of Nevada that are just as fun and interesting as Las Vegas. Lake Tahoe is a beautiful sight to see. Heavenly Valley Epic Mountain is one of the largest mountains in the country. There are 4,800 acres of beautiful snow and beautiful scenery to experience. The mountain is over 10,000 feet with 360 inches of annual snowfall. If that isn’t enough snow for the mountain, they have the largest snowmaking system in the country that covers 70% of the mountain. Heavenly Valley also offers sleigh rides, lake cruises, spas, hot springs and everything you need to make a relaxing vacation.

The Truckee River Kayak Park Course is open year round and is a great break from the surrounding hotels, even though it is downtown. The water has a constant flow and is fresh and clean. The park is within walking distance from the hotels and casinos but is a part of the mountain adventure area. This area offers skiing, golf and mountain biking in addition to the kayaking park. There are five-drop pools in the north channel and six drop pools in the south channel. Each drop pool allows for kayaking maneuvers or you can run the whole course in 2 to 2 ½ minutes. The water maintains a 50 to 70 degrees and never freezes. Kayakers are required to wear helmets and flotation jackets for safety purposes. The course is a class 2 to 3 course. Canoes, rafts and inner tubes are also allowed on the river.

Laughlin is a fun place to go if you like to gamble but don’t want to pay for the high-priced hotels in Vegas. Laughlin is on the Colorado River and it is still pretty warm during the day. You will find temperatures in the seventies, so feel free to hop into the hot tub after a long day at the slots. Laughlin doesn’t have all the glamour of Vegas, but it is hardcore gambling if that’s your thing. There are also several outlet stores for some shopping. Nevada is a beautiful state and it doesn’t matter where you go you will find something to do. Nevada has a lot of outdoors attractions and the weather tends to stay warm throughout the year.

Rob Vrabel is the co-owner of, the largest directory of fun things to do in Nevada. Visit this great directory at


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