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Nevada: Hit the tables in Vegas, then hit the water in America’s largest reservoir

You’ll want to go all in on this desert excursion. From the Hoover Dam to Vegas’ glitz and glam to laid-back living under the sun, Nevada’s personality radiates as you explore the truly unique landscapes.

Drive 89.8 miles, 1 hour, 47 minutes

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1. Boulder City

Starting Point

One of America’s great landmarks, Hoover Dam should be on everyone’s bucket list. Thankfully, it’s just minutes from your door with a stop in this small desert city. Take a tour of the dam or drive the nearby Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge across the river for spectacular views of this testament to American ingenuity. Before you go sightseeing, be sure to spend time downtown eyeing the boutiques on Main Street, and visit the Memorial to the Hoover Dam Dead.


Lake Mead RV Village
Boulder City, NV
(702) 293-2540
Willow Beach Marina & RV Park
Willow Beach, AZ
(928) 767-4747


2. Las Vegas

26.4 miles, 36 minutes

Few cities buzz with as much energy as Vegas. It’s straight to the Strip for neon lights, over-the-top shows and bustling gaming tables in the most extravagant hotels and casinos in the world. With dozens to choose from, you won’t have any trouble finding an open table, but make sure to inquire about the discounted dinner and entertainment specials that many venues offer gamers. Catch the renowned nighttime fountain show at the Bellagio or the volcano show at the Mirage.

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3. Overton

63.4 miles, 1 hour, 11 minutes

This enclave on the north shore of Lake Mead is an ideal jumping-off point to explore the country’s largest reservoir and the rugged, desert landscape that surrounds it. Created by backflow from the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead has countless coves and inlets that beckon canoe or kayak enthusiasts. Travel back in time as you walk on Overton Beach, once home to a Native American community. Check out the Lost City Museum, featuring reconstructions of homes built by the Puebloan Indians.