With all the silver jewelry I have purchased over the years - much of it as my 'souvenirs' from vacations - Nevada, The Silver State, could be *my* state. Another nickname for Nevada is The Battle Born State because it became a state during the Civil War.
I didn't know about the Battle Born nickname before, but we did stop one night in Battle Mountain, NV which had the nickname, Armpit of America! And no, no battles were fought there.
You know what they say about the Grand Canyon, that everyone should see it at least once? Well, I had been told the same thing about Las Vegas even though I had absolutely no desire whatsoever to visit Sin City.
We were on our way home from visiting Kari & Ken in Portland when we ran into a late spring snowstorm in Idaho. We both agreed we hadn't taken that vacation to be back in snow. I looked at the map, said "You know, we could head south to Las Vegas" and that's all it took.
We stayed a couple of nights, walked the strip, ate at fabulous buffets, even did a bit of gambling (slots).
This is Bud outside The Luxor Hotel & Casino. We also visited the Mandalay Bay Aquarium.
And, of course, the original site of The Flamingo because of Bud's interest in the whole Bugsy Siegal saga. Bud wanted to see the memorial to Bugsy and I found the whole garden area very attractive and peaceful.
On the way home from Mark and Sarah's wedding in California's wine region in 2006 we decided to see some of Utah's National Parks. That meant driving through Nevada.
I made Bud pose for a photo op, too. He is saying, "See, here is a petroglyph which means....." (Censored!)
There are many small towns along Highway 50 which began as boom towns when silver was discovered nearby. The Loneliest Road was also part of the Pony Express Route during its 1860-61 existence.
We did not have our 'passports' stamped to show that we had survived crossing Nevada on The Loneliest Road, but we were glad we did it and just as glad to get on into Utah to see some of its spectacular scenery.