What to do in Nevada besides gambling in Las Vegas

There’s an old saying that goes, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” It could also say, “Whoever goes to Vegas stays in Vegas” and be just as accurate. Travelers are often so enamored by the bright lights of the casinos, nightclubs, and hotels that they fail to venture beyond Sin City and explore the rest of the state. In fact, you could spend weeks traveling around Nevada’s mountains and deserts without visiting Las Vegas at all.

Much like Vegas itself, the whole state of Nevada captivates with its weirdness and its sheer diversity of attractions. From art installations in the desert to alien-themed towns, there’s a whole other side to Nevada that doesn’t involve roulette wheels and strip clubs.

1. Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

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True to its name, this park, four hours north of Vegas, is named after the six historic charcoal ovens located on the site. The beehive-shaped ovens were used between 1876 and 1879 during the silver boom and served to produce, well, charcoal. Once they were no longer needed for charcoal production, they were used for shelter during inclement weather, and rumor has it bandits used them as hideouts. Located in