Visiting Southern Nevada

A visit to southern Nevada can yield aquatic adventures on Lake Mead – among other outdoor recreations – multi-day road trips through local must-see attractions, and a whole host of pleasant and attractive sites to help make your visit memorable. Plan your next visit to the Silver State for summer, autumn, or into the winter and have a blast exploring the southern region.

Though many will know southern NV as the home of Las Vegas, you’ll find a variety of welcoming and warm cities, each offering seasonal events and celebrations sure to entertain all members of the family. Make your way Pahrump, found directly west of Las Vegas on the opposite side of Toiyabe National Forest.

Make sure you visit the area in late September and treat the family to a day or two at the Pahrump Fall Festival where you will find rides for all ages, and a sprawling array of food vendors.

Later in the year, as winter sets in, be sure to check out one of Pahrump’s premier sand dunes events – Best in the Desert Pahrump Nugget 250 “Race for the Gold.” Watch as nearly 175 trucks, cars, and UTVs will race the 242-mile loop for a chance to win huge prizes.

In late October, you’ll want to make plans to visit Henderson. Because it yields such quick and easy trips into Las Vegas, Henderson is a premier destination for it’s own local events, and those nearby to the north. 

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Attractions in Southern Nevada

Most of the popular attractions are located on the Las Vegas Strip and most are open year-round. From the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens to the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, discover some of the world’s most unique attractions and experiences with a day of exploring Paradise, Las Vegas, and Henderson.

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Road Trips & Tours in Southern Nevada

Discover nature with a road trip or tour around Valley of Fire State Park or make your way to the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park to see historic structures and heritage sites. You’ll find it easy to travel through this region on Interstate 15 and can enjoy attractions along the Las Vegas Strip day or night.

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Parks and Recreation in Southern Nevada

You’ll find several parks and recreation areas that are ideal for walking, hiking, picnicking, camping, and other outdoor activities. Discover desert sanctuaries and peaceful respites in nature when you want to break away from the bigger cities around Nevada and enjoy some time in nature. Valley of Fire State Park and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park are just a few destinations to add to your itinerary.

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Museums in Southern Nevada

Discover the rich history of the railroads at the Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City or learn about dinosaurs and regional history at the Nevada State Museum. You can also discover artifacts from the legendary Pueblo Grande de Nevada at the Lost City Museum in Overton during your tour of the area.

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National Parks in Southern Nevada

Lake Mead National Recreational Area offers a wealth of outdoor activities year-round. Whether you want to spend your days hiking, birdwatching, or trekking through one of nine wilderness areas, enjoy a few hours of solitude around Lake Mead or Lake Mohave to make the most of your visit.

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