For many people, Nevada conjures up images of the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip, but there’s much more to see and do in the state packed with epic national parks and incredible scenery. New York travel company has rounded up the five best things to do in Nevada, from swimming in America’s second deepest lake, through to exploring sandstone formations dating back to the dinosaur era:

Lake Tahoe

Marvel at mighty mother nature at Lake Tahoe, the epic freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The lake, which is the US’ second largest, is known for its deep blue color and is surrounded by emerald trees and lush forested mountains. The park has 72-miles of shoreline and you can visit everything from lakeside beaches through to mountainside ski resorts. Top activities include swimming to kayaking, skiing, camping, and hiking. It’s a great place to get off-the-grid and relax in nature.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

In the heart of the desert lies the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, known for its enormous geological structures and red sandstone rocks. Top things to do include hiking on one of the many trails, splashing around in the waterfalls at Ice Box Canyon and soaking in the epic views from the panoramic viewpoints. It’s an ancient area where you can also find Native American petroglyphs. It’s hard to believe Red Rock Canyon is just 20 miles from the Las Vegas strip and makes a great day trip from all the lights.

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest national park in Nevada. It’s known for its 40,000 acres of vividly bright red rocks and sandstone formations said to have formed from shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs, more than 150 million years ago. At times, the red sandstone formations look as if they are on fire when they reflect the sun’s rays. Don’t forget to bring your sunglasses, you’ll definitely need them.

Fly Geyser

Fly Geyser is a colorful geothermal geyser located on private land in Washoe County, Nevada. It’s known for its thermal waters erupting from the geyser, and its growing mound, created as minerals from the water pile-up leaving a fantastic, colorful natural sculpture. It’s only accessible via a small private dirt road, however you can see the spectacular view from the public road, which is less than half-a-kilometer from the geyser.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park straddles the states of Nevada and California. It’s no place for the lighthearted, as the valley gets its name for its all-encompassing deadly heat, with historic records showing temperatures peaking at a whopping 134 °F in 1913. The valley is home to an enormous national park featuring acres of hot, arid desert alongside high-altitude mountains with snowy peaks. Head to Dante’s View for stunning views of the valley, or observe geological formations at Zabriskie Point.

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