Where is Nevada, NV Located? Where is Nevada on a US map? Fun Facts

panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip
panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip

Nevada is a state on the west side of the United States of America. Nevada’s most famous location is Las Vegas. Nevada borders California, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, and Idaho. It is landlocked by California and features mostly desert landscape.

This article will help you find Nevada on a map, provide informational knowledge of Nevada, and help you decide if you would like to visit, and what to do there if you go.

Where is Nevada?

Where is Nevada, NV Located. Where is Nevada on a US map
Where is Nevada, NV Located. Where is Nevada on a US map
United States of America map
United States of America map

You can find Nevada toward the west coast of the United States. California borders it on the west, Idaho and Oregon on the north, Utah to the east, and Arizona to the south.

How big is Nevada?

Nevada is 110,572 square miles (286,380 square kilometers) of mostly undeveloped deserts and grasslands. According to Brittanica, the most current population is 3,108,462 people. These people mostly live in a few large cities.

What are Nevada’s largest cities?

Nevada’s largest and most famous city is Las Vegas. The capital of the state is Carson City. Some other important cities in Nevada are Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Elko, Mesquite, and Boulder City.

What natural resources exist in Nevada?

According to the University of Nevada, Nevada produces gold, silver, lithium, copper, geothermal energy, barite, gypsum, diatomite, and aggregate. Nevada produces more gold than any other state in the United States. Their gold production rivals that of much larger countries.

What people groups live in Nevada?

Mostly non-Hispanic Whites live in Nevada. Hispanics comprise about 15% of the population, Both African Americans and Asians comprise about 8% of the population each. Descendants of native people groups from the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe tribes comprise a mere 1% of the population.

What are the land features in Nevada?

Nevada features primarily arid desert and grassland and rugged mountains. The west side of the state shares the Sierra Nevada Mountain range with California. The Colorado River creates the southeastern border of the state.

Does Nevada have any lakes?

Yes, the largest lake is the manmade Lake Mead. Nevada’s other large lakes are Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake. Other smaller lakes scatter over the Nevada landscape like Honey Lake, Mono Lake, Walker Lake, and Lake Mohave.

What should I do in Nevada if I’m going for the first time?

There are many things to do in Nevada. You should first consider whether you want to do city and tourism-focused activities or nature activities.

What city activities can I do in Nevada?

The most obvious answer is to visit Las Vegas; however, you have other options if you desire a city or touristy experience.

  • Plan a trip to Las Vegas.
  • Plan a trip to Reno.
  • Visit the Hoover Dam.
  • Visit a variety of ghost towns like Paradise Valley, Techatticup, or Blair.
  • Visit Lion Habitat Ranch.
  • Plan a trip on the River Passage Water Taxi.

What nature activities can I do in Nevada?

You can go on many hikes in Nevada if you do not mind the heat. If you cannot handle the heat or the physical strain of a hike, you can take some scenic drives.

  • Visit the Wild Charcoal Ovens Historic State Park for picnics, hikes, and camping.
  • Skiing on Mt. Rose in Tahoe. Note that many of the trails are for intermediate and advanced skiers.
  • Visit the Tonopah Historic Mining Park for guided walking tours, self-guided tours, and even blacksmithing classes.
  • Drive on the “loneliest highway in America,” Hwy 50.

How do I plan a trip to Las Vegas?

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign at dusk
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign at dusk

Las Vegas has so many things to do that you should consider consulting a specialized travel guide. For this article, you can think of a trip to Vegas in three major categories: Casinos and hotels, shows, and sights.

Where should I stay in Las Vegas?

You should obviously consider your budget as you plan your trip to Vegas.

Do consider that you can choose to spend your time however you want all day, and you need only leave your room for sleep. Some of the most famous places on the Vegas strip to stay are the Bellagio, the Venetian, and the Mandalay Bay.

What shows should I go to in Las Vegas?

You have so many options for shows when you visit Las Vegas that you might have more concern with narrowing your options.

A couple of the most famous shows are the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. You will find many of your favorite musicians and comedians with a permanent Vegas show schedule. You can even find opportunities for more “adult” entertainment.

What sights should I see in Las Vegas?

Las Vegas contains many sights immortalized in popular culture and in movies. Consider planning your trip to see a few of the following list.

  • See the Bellagio fountain during one of its scheduled performances.
  • While you’re there, walk inside to see the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
  • Wander through the Canal Shops in the Venetian hotel.
  • Visit the Stratosphere for extreme options or just the views.
  • Walk through New York, New York for a miniature recreation of the Big Apple.
  • Visit the Eiffel Tower, Paris for a miniature recreation of one of the world’s most famous sights.
  • Visit the Pinball Hall of Fame to relive those arcade days.
  • Conquer your fear of heights and get on the High Roller, the world’s highest observation wheel.
  • Consider the suspicious military past of Nevada at the National Atomic Testing Museum.
  • Explore Sin City’s criminal underbelly at the Mob Museum.

As you can see, a trip to Las Vegas can use up weeks’ worth of time, and that is not even counting the gambling…

Why and how should I visit Reno?

Skyline of Reno Nevada USA at Dusk
Skyline of Reno Nevada USA at Dusk

As the proudly proclaimed “biggest little city in the world,” Reno is something of a well-rounded Nevada experience.

You get some of the extravagance of the Las Vegas strip, the hikes and sights of the Nevada desert, and proximity to lake Tahoe. If you have little time in Nevada and desire to see it all, consider a stay in Reno.

Why and how should I visit Hoover Dam?

Evening view of the Hoover Dam in Boulder, Nevada, USA
Evening view of the Hoover Dam in Boulder, Nevada, USA

The Hoover Dam is one of the modern wonders of the world. You will see an incomprehensible accomplishment of 20th century engineering.

You can visit and tour the Hoover Dam in a few hours on a drive into or out of Las Vegas by purchasing tickets here. Note that the government has put a hold on actual dam tours for the Covid-19 pandemic.

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