The western state of Nevada is filled with destinations that are packed with fun experiences.
Venture out beyond the hustle of the Las Vegas Strip and experience a part of Nevada that is equally as exciting. Take to the sky in a hot-air balloon adventure, perfect your swing at one of the challenging golf courses, interact with exhibits at a museum or sip robust wines in the desert. These are just four ways to explore Nevada beyond the Strip.
Golfing at 100 Courses
There are more than 100 golf courses to play in the rolling hills of Nevada. Tee off in green grass surrounded by towering pines as you listen to the wind blow around palms, flowing streams and cascading waterfalls. You will have to replace your clubs before you run out of Nevada’s golfing options, so pack your golf gear to try these amazing courses.
The Carson Valley golf course features 9 water hazards on its Scottish-style layout
Hot-Air Balloon Festivals
Nothing that matches the breathtaking sight of a group of huge balloons rising to the sky at dawn, as if to greet the morning light. The Great Reno Balloon Race is a competitive event where you can watch more than 100 balloons race to the finish line. Up to 40 balloons fill the September skies with an array of colors during the annual Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival in Elko and Spring Creek. With festivals occurring all across the state, you’re bound to find one no matter where you’re staying.
Hot-air balloons above Reno
Local History at Museums
There are many learning and interactive experiences at the various museums throughout Nevada. At the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, see a 1,000-year-old Columbian mammoth that is the largest reconstruction in the USA. At the Nevada State Railroad Museum, also in Carson City, ride inside the historic Virginia & Truckee McKeen motor cars built in the early 1900s. At the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, you will learn about the pioneers who traveled over 3,000 kilometers to California during the gold rush from 1841 to 1869. For a day of fun and history, check out other local museums during your stay.
Visiting Nevada’s Wineries
Because of the vast desert landscape and dry conditions, Nevada’s grapes have been developed to use only a fraction of the water that normal grapes need to survive. The result is a revolutionary winemaking business that produces delicious wines. Notable vineyards to visit include: Churchill Vineyards, the only vineyard in Nevada to grow, produce and bottle white wines; Sanders Family Winery with panoramic mountain views, seasonal concerts and events; and the Pahrump Valley Winery, where you can learn the history of growing grapes in Nevada’s arid climate while sipping on award-winning wines.