Skip the hustle and bustle of sin city and visit some of the most underrated Nevada attractions.

Nevada is well-known for its glitz and glamour but behind all of that lies the most beautiful attractions for nature lovers, hikers, and history enthusiasts. From a lake retreat to a deserted ghost town, visit these seven underrated attractions when you visit Nevada.

Carson City

Carson City was named after the mountain man Kit Carson and it was founded in 1858. Notably, Carson City is Nevada’s capital city and it houses some of the most historic contents about Nevada. For example, Nevada State Museum is popular for its display of a mammoth skeleton and an 1800s coin press. This museum is the perfect spot for families and history enthusiasts.

To continue, the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada is a great spot for families to visit if they want to keep the kids busy. In fact, the Children’s Museum won 1st place for being “the best place to take kids” in Carson City. This amazing museum offers science and art activities that allows kids to get in touch with their logical and creative side. They also offer a mineral exhibition and a chance to learn about the history and geological aspects of Northern Nevada. Therefore, this is a must-visit spot for families who want to add a bit of fun to their kids education.

Carson City State Capitol Nevada

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Clark County Wetlands Park

If you’re searching for a quiet, tranquil, and family friendly area, then you should visit Clark County Wetlands Park. There are so many activities that you can do here like bike riding, walking, and watching the river. Some of the few things that makes Wetlands Park so great is that it’s free and it opens from 7am-7pm. Whether you’re a morning bird who wants to catch the sunrise or an evening person wants to see the sunset, Wetlands Park is the place for you to visit.

Clark County Wetlands in Nevada

Photo by: Keith Schurr via Flickr


Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada which was founded in 1904 and it’s located east of Reno. Some of the attractions that they offer in Sparks city is a lovely lake retreat that has a number of fun activities that you can do like fishing, diving, and playing volleyball. This relaxing lake retreat is also perfect for morning walks, sunset, and sunrise viewing too. While you’re in this small city, visit the Sparks Heritage Museum where you can learn about the city railroad history and heritage. However, be aware that Tuesday-Friday and Saturdays have different hours so make sure you check the time before you visit this museum.

Victorian Square, Sparks, Nevada

Photo by: Ken Lund via Flickr

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Founded in 1904, this famous ghost town is the perfect spot to snap a few pictures and see a more paranormal side to Nevada. This is also the perfect time for you to allow your curiosity to take the lead as you observe some abandon buildings.  If you drive a little further down the path to Death Valley, you’ll catch some ghostly structures and unique art work at the Goldwell Open Air Museum.

Sculpture at Goldwell Open Air Museum Rhoylite / Death Valley

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Mt. Charleston Spring Mountain National Recreation Area

Located in Clark County, Nevada, Mt. Charleston Spring Mountains is describe as a classic western beauty. It’s the best spot for camping, biking, horseback riding, and picnics. At the same time, it’s a calm and quiet area for morning walks with a friend, family, or a significant other. This national recreation area is opened from 8am-4:30pm from Monday to Friday. Although you can’t catch the sunrise on most days, you can most definitely get a peek of the sunset as you drive home from the mountains.

Cathedral Rock from South Loop Trail, Spring Mountains, Nevada

Photo by: Ken Lund via Flickr

Lamoille Canyon

Located in Northeastern Nevada, Lamoille Canyon has several eye-catching areas that’s perfect for hikers and nature lovers. For example, there’s two 1,000 foot-thick glacier that’s carved as a U-shaped in the canyon. Other activities that you can do at Lamoille Canyon is fishing, biking, and climbing. It is also good to note that several visitors have mentioned that Lamoille Canyon reminds them of a mixture of  Yosemite and Yellowstone. Therefore, it seems promising to visit this lovely area and it’s definitely a spot you don’t want to skip out on when you’re in Nevada.

Lamoille Creek from Terraces Picnic Site in Nevada

Photo by: Famartin via Wikimedia Commons

Lost City Museum

Formerly named Boulder Dam Park Museum, Lost City Museum is the best spot for someone who enjoys history. In Lost City Museum, you’ll find some cultural artifacts that were saved from being lost in Lake Mead. Furthermore, you’ll have a chance to learn about the indigenous people and what role they had in this area. Also, Lost City Museum is currently owned and maintained by the state of Nevada. It is open 7 days a week and it’s perfect for seniors, adults, and childern. The best part is anyone under the age of 18 years old and museum members can enter the museum for free!

Lost City Museum in Nevada

Photo by: Ymblanter via Wikimedia Commons

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