Planning to head for a fun and adventurous trip? Nevada’s is the place for you! It has everything from human-powered sports and art galleries to wildlife and music festivals.
Embrace Nevada’s quirky nature, travel through the “Alps of America,” and discover the eccentric desert art and rich history of boomtowns.
The signature fall events and activities include the Eldorado Great Italian Festival and the National Championship Air Races in Reno, the Candy Dance in Genoa, and various fall festivals throughout the state.
Here’s a list covering the top five fall experiences by region:
Cowboy Country (Northern Nevada): Build a clunker bicycle
The ‘World Human Powered Speed Challenge’ at Battle Mountain, hosts the world’s fastest bicycle race. The region’s thin air, which reduces aerodynamic drag and arrow-straight pavement, draws athletes from around the world to test their self-made speed bike designs and sprinting abilities.
For a more relaxed experience, hikers, bikers and climbers can take a day trip to Liberty Lake in the Ruby Mountains for its stunning fall vistas and alpine trout fishing. In the Jarbidge Wilderness north of Elko, explore the mountains and Emerald Lake. Fall is also prime hunting season for small and big games including Himalayan snowcock and mule deer.
Pony Express Territory (North Central Nevada): Watch the birds and embrace the arts
History and art abound in Nevada’s Pony Express Territory. Here you will find everything from the natural phenomenon to man-made beauty. First, take a trip to Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge in Fallon, where thousands of shorebirds make a stop on their migratory route in the fall.
Built in 1914, the Oats Park Arts Center serves as a performance art hub, hosting nationally acclaimed vocal artists, performers, speakers, and musicians.
In Eureka, the restored Eureka Opera House dates back to 1880; here, visitors can catch a concert or theater performance while contemplating the town’s golden era.
Ely’s Renaissance Village celebrates the town’s history with an outdoor art gallery featuring murals and sculptures.
At the McGill Drugstore Museum, get a personalised and extensive journey through the fascinating history of the once booming community.
Nevada Silver Trails (Central Nevada): Get eccentric and ethereal
Experience the best of Nevada’s quirkiness at car forests and ghost towns. Travelers looking for an overnight experience can stay in an old miner’s cabin at the Gold Point Ghost Town B&B.
In Beatty, witness the famous tricycle and bed races and a 1900s reenactment during the Beatty Days Festival.
The cooler fall temperatures make it essential to explore Death Valley National Park’s deep sand dunes, native wildlife, and colorful rocks and canyons.
After a day of exploring Nevada, adventurers can reward themselves with a luxurious stay at Queensland Vineyard Bed and Breakfast in Fish Lake Valley, home to eight varieties of wine grapes and four varieties of lavender. Top off a cool fall night with a relaxing dip in the Fish Lake Valley Hot Springs.
Reno-Tahoe (Northwestern Nevada): Experience the ‘secret season’ in the Sierra
Lake Tahoe, North America’s largest alpine lake, boasts peaceful beaches, colorful fall vistas, and dual sport day opportunities.
Venture east to Genoa for the annual Candy Dance; the town also is home to Nevada’s oldest saloon. Hunt for ghosts in Virginia City, one of three of the most haunted towns in the country. One can also participate in the legendary World Championship Outhouse Races.
On Nevada Day, celebrate the state’s 154th birthday with the annual party on main street Carson City.
Las Vegas Territory (Southern Nevada): Leaf peep, zip line and dance down Fremont Street
Take advantage of the fall temperatures and make a trip to Mount Charleston, the state’s fifth largest peak, for hiking and leaf-peeping adventures. Rock enthusiasts can venture into Valley of Fire State Park or Red Rock Canyon for spectacular sandstone rock formations and world-class climbing.
Experience the living museum that is Springs Preserve, which offers new fall exhibits in addition to its botanical gardens and interpretive wetland habitat.
At the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, visitors can zip line under an LED canopy, listen to live music, meet celebrity impersonators and congratulate newlyweds. Fremont Street also hosts the ‘Life is Beautiful Music and Art Festival’, encompassing music, food, art, and learning.
Now that you have your Nevada checklist ready, pack your bags and splurge on this extraordinary trip!
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