Nevada Bucket List ~ Neon to Nature

Our final installment in the Nevada Bucket List series is a unique one! All of these attractions can be visited by basing your travels out of Las Vegas, and extending down three separate paths! Therefore, I’ll be splitting this post into 4 sections, one for each path, and one just on things to do in Vegas. Next week, we venture to Arizona!

Red Rockin’ Loop

Las Vegas

  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Located just outside of Vegas, this is known as one of the most breathtaking areas of Nevada.

Blue Diamond

  • Spring Mountain Ranch State Park: These springs are what brought ranchers and pioneers to the area.


  • Pioneer Saloon: This is a century old establishment with Foot Network worthy grub available on site.

Fire and Water Loop


  • Gold Butte National Monument: Stunning sandstone area filled with rock art and Depression-era structures.


  • Lost City Museum: Gives a glimpse into the life of the Ancestral Puebloans.
  • Valley of Fire State Park: Nevada’s first state park that is filled with sandstone formations.

Colorado River Corridor

Boulder City

  • Hoover Dam: Everyone wants to check out this grand engineering marvel.
  • Techatticup Mine and El Dorado Canyon: This was the site of Nevada’s first gold strike and is now open for tours.

Things to Do in Vegas

  • National Atomic Testing Museum: Museum that focuses on all the atomic testing performed in the area.
  • Nevada National Security Site Tour: This is a behind the scenes tour offered by the National Atomic Testing Museum that allows you to tour a test site where bombs were once tested.
  • Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park: This fort was built when the first European arrived in what would later become Las Vegas.
  • The Neon Museum: Of course the strip is all about its Neon Lights, so visiting the Neon Museum is a must while in the area!

All attractions found in the 2019 Nevada Travel Guide.


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