Virginia City Montana is well worth a visit
Long route from / to Las Vegas
On this exciting trip you will get to know the most spectacular places that Nevada has to offer in two weeks. Discover on the around 2000 kilometers numerous Highlights, includingLas Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe. A Nevada trip is possible all year round. The best time to travel is in spring and autumn. It gets warmer in summer, when temperatures often rise to over 40 degrees. Winter, on the other hand, turns the landscape into a winter wonderland - Lake Tahoe in particular is a popular destination for ski trips.
In the so-called Valley of Death, the lowest point in the USA, climatic extremes pose challenges for people and nature.
The abandoned ghost towns give you an insight into the 19th century - Discover the exciting time of the gold rush.
Gently sloping beaches, crystal clear water and spectacular panoramic views offer the perfect conditions for outdoor fans.
Embark on a journey through time! Old mines, saloons and wooden sidewalks take you back to the Wild West.
Mountain landscapes, lakes, valleys and wildlife - the Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail is ideal for nature lovers.
The authentic steam train on the Northern Railway will be converted into a Polar Express over the Christmas season.
In the remote natural setting, enjoy the dazzling stars under one of the darkest night skies in the country.
The hiking trails lead you along the unique rock formations that were created by erosion millions of years ago.
Our suggested route takes you in 14 days to the lively cities and through the beautiful nature of Nevada. You will also get Western flair on your trip by car, mobile home or motorcycle.
This route can of course be individually adapted and can also be traveled in the opposite direction. Talk to us, we will advise you.
Start your exciting road trip in Las Vegas, the world-famous capital of gambling. In the evening, be sure to pay a visit to the Las Vegas Strip. The colorful sea of lights will overwhelm you as you stroll past the famous hotels and casinos. A sightseeing flight by helicopter provides a very special perspective of the Las Vegas Strip - a truly extraordinary experience! Make your way downtown as well. Classic Las Vegas is presented around Fremont Street. Where the first license for gambling was granted in 1925, casinos, restaurants and hotels now line the street.
The area around Las Vegas has many great destinations to offer. In the recreation area on Lake Mead you can recover from the heat of the desert metropolis. Cool off with swimming, kayaking, and canoeing.
The Hoover Dam, completed in 1935, should not be missed either. The dam, which is over 220 meters high, is still celebrated today as a technical marvel that uses the Colorado River with its unbridled power. It is best admired from the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge opposite. Then it's on to Valley of Fire State Park. This is a dream, especially at sunset, when the barren desert landscape comes to life and the red rock begins to glow.
Today our suggested route will take you out of the metropolis of Las Vegas and into nature. The Red Rock Canyon, which is part of the Mojave Desert, is only about 30 kilometers outside the city. Follow the Scenic Drive, which is around 20 kilometers long. The panoramic road attracts with fantastic views of the huge network of deep gorges and imposing rock formations. You can also explore the fabulous landscape while hiking, horse riding or climbing.
After this impressive dangling into the Red Rock Canyon, we continue towards Death Valley National Park. This national park is located two hours from Las Vegas and has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO - sustainability and nature conservation are very important here. Only a small area of Death Valley is in Nevada, most of it belongs to California - including the Badwater Basin. This depression is the deepest point in North America at 85.5 meters below sea level. There is also more to discover in this region: Marvel at the large shifting dunes, bizarre rock formations and snow-capped mountains - the landscape could hardly be more different!
We continue on Route 95 to Tonopah. On the way you pass through the former gold rush town of Goldfield, which is now a ghost town with an unusual sight: the International Car Forest. More than 40 cars are housed in this fascinating outdoor art installation and can be inspected by curious visitors.
Shortly afterwards you will reach Tonopah, formerly known as "Queen of the Silver Camps". Learn about the mining history of this city at Tonopah Historic Mining Park and the Central Nevada Museum. The exhibitions include restored equipment and buildings as well as informative video presentations - go on a journey back in time to the 19th century!
Your route today takes you from the remote landscape around Tonopah to the varied mountainous region around Lake Tahoe, which is characterized by lush forests, rugged mountains and colorful meadows of wildflowers. To get there, follow the Veterans Memorial Highway which will take you past Walker Lake. There is a nice walk along the water.
If you continue on Highway 95 you will soon reach Silver Springs, where the Lahontan State Recreation Area is located. There you have the opportunity to have a picnic before you make the last leg to Lake Tahoe, which is located at an altitude of over 1,800 meters.
Lake Tahoe lies on the ridge of the Sierra Nevada and stretches across the border of California and Nevada. This picturesque lake with a length of almost 35 kilometers and a depth of up to 500 meters is a dream destination for nature lovers! Spend an active vacation here: the crystal clear water of the largest alpine lake in the USA is ideal for swimming and kayaking. In winter the mountains are transformed into a true winter paradise, where fantastic slopes attract skiers and snowboarders from all over the world.
A special highlight for hikers, cyclists and riders is the approximately 250-kilometer path that goes around the lake.
Follow this either completely or in stages through the varied landscape.
Other outdoor activities include diving, boating, water skiing and fishing. Enjoy your stay in this unique natural paradise!
Welcome to Historic Virginia City! During your visit you will get an insight into the history of the place where numerous silver and gold mines were once operated. The life of Mark Twain is also illuminated here, as the famous writer worked as a reporter for the local newspaper during the boom. Today the city enjoys the reputation of being the most beautiful and best preserved gold rush town in the Wild West.
See for yourself: the city center with its Victorian architecture is a listed building and exudes pure Western charm! Stroll through the pretty streets, past museums, restaurants and shops.
Today you drive to the city of Reno, which is about 40 kilometers from the historic Virginia City. Geiger Lookout Wayside Park is on the route. There, be sure to stop at lookouts like Lookout Point for great views of the area.
Shortly afterwards you will reach Reno, also known as the “Biggest Small City in the World”. Just let yourself drift through this gaming metropolis, which is the birthplace of the Ceasers Entertainment Group - the Ceasers Palace in Las Vegas also belongs to this group. In addition to gambling, shopping is also a top priority in Reno - outlet fans get their money's worth at Outlets at Sparks, for example.
Pure entertainment awaits you on the banks of the Truckee River: trendy neighborhoods such as the Riverwalk District invite you to stroll through the streets, feast in the restaurants or attend a play.
The diverse travel destination Reno is of course also a good starting point for excursions in the area. Take a tour of Nevada's capital, Carson City. Numerous museums, historical buildings as well as art and cultural centers present the chronicle of the city and the state.
The small town of Genoa can also look back on an exciting history. Here, in Nevada's first continuously inhabited settlement, visit the Mormon Station State Historic Park to fully immerse yourself in the town's past. But you can also stroll through the various shops and enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner. The surroundings of this charming city are great destinations for nature lovers. The beautiful Carson Valley offers numerous outdoor activities and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Our route suggestion takes you today to the northeast of Nevada, where the real "Great American West" welcomes you in Elko! The city, which has declared itself the cowboy capital of Nevada, offers exciting sights. Fantastic exhibits and events related to the cowboy cultures of western Nevada can be found at the Western Folklife Center. If you would like to take a classic souvenir home with you, you should make a detour to J.M. Capriola Co. to see typical leather products and cowboy utensils. Real western fans will simply love Elko!
The Basque-influenced town can also score points in culinary terms: why not try traditional Basque cuisine in one of the city's many restaurants.
On this day you will drive to the small town of Ely. On the way, the Ruby Mountains and Lamoille Canyon make the hearts of all outdoor fans beat faster! Picturesque lakes, streams and valleys make up the charm of this wonderful mountain landscape. It is best to follow the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway into the middle of the mountains, where you can admire the pristine nature.
Magnificent views are already offered during the journey. Hiking enthusiasts shouldn't miss the Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail, which runs along the ridge of the Ruby Mountains.
Ely was founded in 1878 to mine copper there, and after the town could be reached by rail in 1906, the population increased - today Ely is an exciting holiday destination. Huge wall paintings on various house walls document the history of the place.
Other Ely highlights include Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, where you can see well-preserved brick ovens from the copper mining era, and Garnet Hill, known for its beautiful dark red garnets. Go in search of the shiny stones yourself!
Take a trip to the Great Basin National Park today, which is easily accessible from Ely. The largest national park in Nevada has some highlights to offer, including impressive mountain lakes, deep limestone caves and even a small glacier. The best way to get to the park is to go to the Visitor Center in Baker. From there you can go on extensive hikes or follow the paved road to Mount Wheeler by car.
Experience a special natural spectacle at night - an incredibly dark sky! Here you can see thousands of stars and different planets as well as satellites with the naked eye.
Every year in September there is an astronomy festival where visitors can learn a lot about the night sky and admire it through telescopes.
Those who like to look at the stars will be overwhelmed by the sky over the Great Basin National Park!
The last day of your trip through Nevada will be spent driving back to the gambling metropolis Las Vegas. Along the way, be sure to visit Cathedral Gorge State Park, known for its uniquely shaped cliffs and rocks that were created over a long period of time by erosion.
The best way to marvel at the imposing cathedral-like towers is on a long hike. A cozy picnic with a view of the impressive rocks rounds off this stopover perfectly. Then it's on to Las Vegas, where you end your unforgettable road trip.
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