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Nevada is vast — it’s the seventh-largest state in the United States, in terms of land area. But it’s also extensive in its tourism offerings, from gaming to outdoor recreation to Old West historical sites to special events that draw visitors from throughout the world. Nevada is vast — America’s seventh largest state among 50 — and also claims the distinction of being the most mountainous, with at least 314 ranges and peaks. It’s made-for-adventure landscape is part of the great American West, with forests, rivers, lakes and awesome vistas that enable a traveler to see mountain ranges 50 miles to 100 miles (80 kilometers to 160 kilometers) in the distance.
Nevada is a desert state, and most of the towns north of Las Vegas are at 4,000 feet elevation to 6,000 feet elevation and higher. Climates here are cooler and scenery greener than in the southern part of the state. Charming historic mining towns with Old West ambience await the curious visitor, guest ranches welcome those who want to step into the boots of a cowboy for a few days, and resort hotels beckon with bright lights, 24-hour dining and, of course, Nevada’s famous casino entertainment that’s always in operation.
Many of Nevada’s towering mountain peaks live up to the state’s name, which is Spanish for “snow capped.” Between the mountain ranges are picturesque valleys, perhaps with sprawling ranches and grazing cattle, fields of crops such as alfalfa, or covered with sagebrush, Nevada’s state flower.