Nevada is the heart of America’s west, gateway to a wild and spacious wonderland that is full of amazing surprises and outrageous contradictions.
Las Vegas appears like a mirage in the desert, awake night and day. It is THE entertainment capital of the world! Guarded by a sphinx that stretches its paws out toward the Strip, a pyramid looms above the desert paradise, The Luxor Hotel, one of many theme hotels in this incredible city. The MGM lion guards one of the largest hotels in the world with over 5,000 rooms, whereas the Bellagio is a return to the exclusive nature of the casino hotels of the past. Here, luxury is at its zenith - an investment of 1.8 billion dollars speaks for itself!
The Valley of Fire is located about 90 km northeast of Las Vegas and derived its name from bizarre, dark red sandstone rocks formed from both wind and rain. Good footpaths lead through the numerous canyons of the 150 million year old rock formations and while climbing over the huge plateaus, images come to mind of the Anasazi Indians who once lived here 800 years ago.
The fascinating scenery of Red Rock Canyon is easily reached from Las Vegas, a perfect scene of the old Wild West in stark contrast to the glittering world of the nearby city of gambling. A panoramic 20 km roadway leads to the best observation points of this 330 km˛ nature reserve in the Mojave Desert.
Lake Mead is a huge artificial lake amidst breathtaking nature. The land that encircles it has been declared a National Recreation Area and it’s home to a variety of unique plants, as well as numerous animals. The authentic, three-deck Mississippi-style paddle steamer, the Desert Princess, is the ideal way to travel the lake in style to the legendary Hoover Dam.
Only two and a half hours by car to the west of Las Vegas is the USA’s most recent national park that extends to the opposite side of California’s border, Death Valley! It was through here that thousands of pioneers took a short cut while journeying west, many of them perishing in the attempt. However, this region is most certainly the heart of the west, the wild wild west of Nevada!