Virtual Travel – Nevada

 

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Unusual State Symbol of the Day.

Official State Locomotive of Nevada – Engine #40 of the Nevada Northern Railway. (photo from Flickr/State Symbols).

 

Deserts

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Nearly the entire state of Nevada is in desert, offering numerous interesting landscapes.

All photos from Internet sources

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This satellite view of Las Vegas illustrates the vastness of the desert.

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Lake Tahoe

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One of the more beautiful places in the United States is Lake Tahoe, on the California/Nevada border.

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Situated high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains the area is a ski destination (photo from Freestock photos)

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Uniquely Nevada

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Without a doubt Nevada has their fair share of unique places.

 

Hoover Dam – Completed in 1935, this dam cost over 100 workers their lives, but has provided the water and power that has allowed the massive expansion of population in Nevada, Arizona and California.

Over 3 million cubic yards of concrete was used in the dam, with another million yards used in the power plant. This is enough concrete to build a 2 lane road from San Francisco to New York.

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Since we visit 15 years ago they have completed the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, routing all the non tourist traffic directly across the canyon. (photo from Wikipedia).

The bridge is silhouetted against the sky with the Colorado river far below

 

 

Las Vegas – Love it or hate it there is no other place like it.

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Area 51 – Long rumored to be a site where the U.S. Government has made contacts with Alients, Area 51 is a secret Air Force base. It has a strong following of ‘believers’

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Burning Man is a massive event that occurs annual in the northwest Nevada desert.

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Nevada State Capitol – Carson City

This quaint building is the Nevada State Capitol. It was built from sandstone obtained from the Nevada State Prison.

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Cowboys in the Desert

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A number of ranches in Nevada cater to the tourist trade.

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Outdoors in Nevada

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There are a number of beautiful state parks in Nevada (photos from Wikipedia).

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Valley of Fire State Park

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Ward Charcoal Oven State Historic Park

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Las Vegas – December 2011 – Imperial Palace Auto Museum

The Imperial Palace Hotel houses an Auto Museum on the 5th floor of their parking deck. While it is not the most elegant of auto museums it has a nice eclectic collection.

Apparently the display changes since all the cars and trucks there are for sale, even though they charge admission to view them.

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Las Vegas – December 2011 – Two Days in Vegas (Day 1)

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A conference took me to Las Vegas for a few days. I have never been a Las Vegas fan, but since I was there when I would finish for the day I would walk up and down the strip for photo ops…

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Boulder City, NV – June 2005 – Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam is a massive dam that blocks the Colorado River on the Nevada/Arizona border. Built during the 1930s at the cost of over 100 lives, it has provided electricity and water to the southwest ever since.

The dam’s upstream reservoir is Lake Mead, one of the largest reservoirs in America by volume.

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