Explore Nevada's beautiful Route 93

August 1, 2011 12:00 AM

Located just east of Las Vegas, Nevada's Route 93 offers travelers some of the most beautiful views in the entire state, and indeed the country - Readers Digest named it one of their Most Scenic Drives in America.

This road starts near the Lake Mead Recreational Area, which is located on the Nevada and Arizona border. The lake itself spans 110 miles and offers all sorts of water-based activities for families to engage in. However, the real attraction here is undoubtedly the Hoover Dam, which you should obviously try to see if you're in the area.

Continuing north, you'll pass the city of Las Vegas as you continue to Valley of Fire State Park, which gets its name from the numerous red rocks that dot the landscape. Of special interest in this area are the remnants of the Anasazi people, who left tribal markings and cave drawings on the rocks. The nearby Lost City Museum explains more about this civilization and what they left behind.

Eventually, you'll come to Great Basin National Park, which is the only National Park in Nevada. The landscape here is among the most diverse in the entire state. One minute you could be in the middle of a full forest, and the next you'll be staring at a massive glacier. The park's vast hiking trails and attractions make this a great stop for nature lovers.

Before you hit the road, make sure to get a full vehicle inspection and tune up. Nothing ruins a trip faster than blown tires or brakes.

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