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Famed for its mountains, vast deserts and lakes, Nevada is a stunningly scenic state to visit. Its capital city is Carson City. Its largest city is Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is renowned worldwide with various nicknames, such as Sin City and America’s Playground. It is on the edge of the vast Mojave Desert which has 2,000 species of plants. Las Vegas is not known for its plant life however, but for its gambling, shows, hotels and restaurants. Groups of fun loving tourists go there throughout the year to party. Some hotels and casinos offer free food and drink if you know where to look. Buffets offering sushi, shrimps and Thai food are particularly popular.
Death Valley National Park is a must for the traveller. Straddling California and Nevada it is over 5,000 square miles in size. Reputedly one of the hottest places in the world at the height of summer, the national park attracts over one million visitors a year. It has one of the highest points in the USA in Mount Whitney, at over 14,000 feet and also the lowest in the USA in Badwater Basin at 282 feet below sea level.
Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake, known for the clarity of its water. At an elevation of over 6,000 feet, the scenery is stunning. The second deepest lake in the USA, it is situated in the Sierra Nevada mountains, close to Carson City. Formed over two million years ago during the Ice Age, it is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges and forests. Travellers visit throughout the year as, apart from the summer sports available, the winter offers excellent skiing.
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