Nevada’s magnificent landscapes, vibrant cities, and rich history make it an ideal destination for a spring break getaway. The awe-inspiring scenery includes rugged mountains, sapphire-blue lakes, rushing rivers, and peaceful, isolated plateaus. Near most Nevada vacation rentals are abundant opportunities for sightseeing, outdoor recreation, nightlife, and fine dining. Here are the top spring break vacation destinations in Nevada.

1. Las Vegas

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The city of Las Vegas, dubbed the Entertainment Capital of the World, offers endless opportunities for spring break fun. Explore the casinos, lounges, showrooms, and nightclubs on the famous Las Vegas Strip. Shop at the immense Bonanza Gift Shop, which contains over 40,000 square feet of souvenir and gift displays. Catch a thrill on the numerous amusement park rides such as the High Roller Ferris Wheel, the Big Apple Roller Coaster, and the SkyJump Las Vegas decelerator. View fascinating displays at the eclectic museums, including dinosaur remains at the Los Vegas Natural History Museum, lifelike wax figures at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, and vintage games at the Pinball Hall of Fame. If you need a break from the bright lights, hike the trails at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge on the north side of the city, or enjoy rock climbing at Red Rock National Conservation Area just to the west of town. For a sweet diversion, take a tour and sample the wares at Ethel M Chocolate Factory. Next door is the lovely three-acre Botanical Cactus Gardens.

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2. Laughlin

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The town of Laughlin sits on the western shore of the beautiful Colorado River at the extreme southern tip of Nevada. Take a walk to view the magnificent scenery along the miles of riverfront designated the North Reach Trails. Visit the Colorado River Museum for a fascinating look at historical displays and artifacts. Rent a small boat or jet skis at Laughlin Watercraft Rentals to have fun on the river. Alternatively, relax in comfort on an elegant dinner cruise with Laughlin River Tours. Take a guided tour of the surrounding wilderness on horseback with Pot A Gold Stables. When you’re hungry, head for the Vineyard for delicious Italian cuisine and a terrific view of the river.

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3. Reno

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The city of Reno lies on the western edge of Nevada near the border with California. The Truckee River runs through the middle of the city, and the lovely Riverwalk District has numerous parks and trails that are perfect for spring strolls. Shop for antiques, jewelry, art, and other items at the eclectic shops. If you’re feeling adventurous, head for Truckee River Whitewater Park in the midst of downtown, where you can paddle a kayak through rapids at various skill levels. The Wild River Grill is the perfect place to celebrate your spring break with an excellent meal. For a truly unique touring experience, hook up with Reno Brew Bike, a 15-passenger guided conveyance that takes you around to some of the best pubs in the city.

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4. Carson City

lake tahoe

Located just off the eastern shore of incomparably beautiful Lake Tahoe, Carson City, the capital of Nevada, provides a wide variety of spring break recreational fun, cultural activities, and absorbing entertainment. Rent a bicycle at Bike Carson Tahoe, and follow the historic landmarks on the lovely Kit Carson Trail. Visit the Nevada State Museum for a look at the state’s prehistoric past. At the Nevada State Train Museum, take a ride on a train pulled by a vintage steam locomotive. Head to sapphire-blue Lake Tahoe for kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing. If you love skiing and snowboarding, the nearby Diamond Peak ski area stays open into spring. When you’re hungry from all the activity, try Duke’s Steakhouse at the Casino Fandango for a delicious cut of prime beef.

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5. Tonopah

mount jefferson
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Tonopah is a charming town in southwestern Nevada about halfway between Las Vegas and Reno. The dark, clear night skies are renowned for providing some of the best stargazing in the country. Explore an underground mining tunnel, restored buildings and equipment, and historic exhibits on a self-guided tour of the Tonopah Historic Mining Park. Learn about historic pioneering, mining, ranching, and Native American life in Nevada at the Central Nevada Museum. Hike the trails, and marvel at the panoramic views at Alta Toquima and Table Mountain Wilderness Areas. Enjoy a mouthwatering meal at El Marques Mexican Restaurant.

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6. Elko

Lamoille Canyon
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The town of Elko in northeast Nevada, flanked by the majestic Ruby Mountains on one side and lovely Lamoille Canyon on the other, provides a Wild West ambiance for your spring break getaway. The Sherman Station Visitor’s Center is a complex of fascinating historic buildings that houses the Elko Area Chamber of Commerce. Visit the Western Folklore Center for exhibits and events that focus on the American West. For the thrill of a lifetime, head 20 miles southeast of town for a day trip with Ruby Mountains Heli-Experience. This amazing tour takes you on a skiing adventure high up into the Ruby Mountains by helicopter. For some great Italian cuisine, check out Luciano’s Bar and Restaurant.

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7. Ely

Steptoe Valley Morning
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Located in eastern Nevada at the site of a former stagecoach station, the charming town of Ely reflects its Old West and mining roots. The Renaissance Village recreates the look of an old western town and includes numerous small museums, a barn, a general store, and a miner’s cabin. Visit nearby Garnet Hill to hunt for maroon red precious gems. The Nevada Northern Railway Museum features numerous examples of working railway cars and schedules excursions throughout the year with special Wild West, haunted ghost, and other themes. Play 18 holes at the excellent White Pine Golf Course.

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8. Silver Springs

Fort Churchill State Park
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The lovely town of Silver Springs lies in west-central Nevada on the shore of pristine Lake Lahontan. Head for the Lahontan State Recreation Area to enjoy boating, fishing, and picnicking. Nearby is fascinating Fort Churchill State Park, with exhibits on local history, hiking trails, and the ruins of a U.S. Army fort. For outstanding hamburgers and prime rib sandwiches, head for Grilla Grill. If you prefer mouthwatering Mexican cuisine, try Tacos Del Corazon.

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