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History of Nevada Nevada is a state within the United States of America, probably most commonly known as the ‘Silver State’ due to the importance of silver to its history/economy. The majority of Nevada is taken over by desert terrain however the populous of the state can be found in Clark County, which contains the well-known Paradise metropolitan area of Las Vegas. It was the establishment of legalized gambling and lenient marriage and divorce proceedings in the 20th century that transformed Nevada into today’s major tourist destination. Prior to the bright lights and spinning tables brought in by Europeans that encompasses the state today, Nevada was initially inhabited by Native American tribes (colloquially referred to as Indians) of the Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe. Subsequently claimed by Spain as a part of Alta California until the Mexican War of Independence which brought it under Mexican control. The United States gained the territory in 1848 following its victory in the Mexican-American War and the area was eventually incorporated as part of Utah Territory in 1850. The discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 led to a population boom that was an impetus to the creation of Nevada Territory out of western Utah Territory in 1861.

Things to do in Nevada Nevada offers recreational activities for all ages and all preferences from outdoor to indoor, you’ll never be bored. If the outdoor takes your fancy, Nevada offers everything from hiking and biking to fishing and hunting as Nevada’s vast public lands provide a plethora of outdoor recreational opportunities. If you like sports, there are extensive golf courses to practise your swing in or during the winter take advantage of the skiing and snowboarding opportunities. Winter recreation opportunities are endless.

If it’s the indoor environment that you prefer, Nevada has plenty of museums to soak up the historical background of the state or why not try your luck in the many casinos of Las Vegas.

Where to stay Deciding where to stay on your Las Vegas holiday might not be as easy as you think. There are numerous choices ranging from the deluxe comfort of a high-roller suite in a luxury Las Vegas hotel to a rustic family run ranch in the outback. There is accommodation to suit every need and budget and found in all shapes and sizes:       

Bed & breakfast/historic Inns Cabins Camping Motels & Hotels Resorts & Lodges RV Parks Vacation Rentals

Imagine it and it’ll be in Nevada.

Top tips No trip to Nevada is complete without seeing some of the best sights the United States has to offer. 

When in Las Vegas be sure to visit the Las Vegas Strip. The strip hosts a whole array of attractions from all the different hotels and casinos. It is a great place just to wander around and soak in the Vegas feeling.

The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino is a must see when in Las Vegas. The luxury hotel and casino contains 36 stories and rises 475 feet and offers gondola rides and live opera shows to rustic architectural facades, showcasing the true spirit of Italy.

The Hover Dam is considered as one of the countries Seven Modern Engineering Wonders. The dam offers daily tours and is well worth a visit.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Boulder City near the Hover Dam includes both Lake Mohave and Lake Mead. The area was the nation's first officially designated recreation area. Visitors to the lakes can boat, water ski, kayak, canoe and scuba dive.

Holiday Destination: Nevada  
Holiday Destination: Nevada  

A guide to holidaying in Nevada