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Nevada State Parks:
Nevada State Parks – Nevada is a state in the Western region of the United States, and is bordered by Oregon, Idaho, California, Arizona, and Utah. A great state for “playing your odds” or not…Nevada has 20 State Parks, a State Recreation Area, a State Fish Hatchery, and 3 State Wildlife Management Areas.
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park: Such a beautiful breathtaking place to visit and should be on a bucket list as well. The gorgeous colors of the water will remind you of the waters in the Caribbean! Amazing, peaceful, stunning place! Pristine, crystal-clear water, great fishing, hiking, camping, with lots of activities around the lake. Zephyr Cove camping will make for a lot of good memories. Since Lake Tahoe is such a big lake there are many facets to explore, such as Spooner Lake, Cave Rock, or Sand Harbor. Each has many choices of outdoor activities which include swimming, boating with boat launches, fishing, picnic areas, outdoor entertainment, and great trails and fabulous views. The different areas are kept clean and professionally kept. Found in Incline Village.
Washoe Lake State Park: Nestled in a scenic valley where bald eagles soar, Washoe Lake State Park offers breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada, Carson and Virginia mountain ranges. A popular area for hiking, camping, picnicking, water sports and equestrian activities, the park also hosts a diverse range of birds and waterfowl, such as American white pelicans and Canada geese. Anglers can aim for channel and bullhead catfish, wipers, white bass and Sacramento Perch. Situated between Reno and Carson City, the park is a true treasure for residents and visitors to enjoy year-round. The Park has 49 sites, each with a table, grill and fire ring. The campground is open year-round and available on a first come, first-served basis. Some sites are equipped with shade structures. Two comfort stations, one with a shower, are available. Several sites can hold RVs up to 45 feet in length. Campground Loop A offers water and utility hook-ups at all 24 sites, and a dump station is available. The camping limit is seven days in a 30-day period. Group facilities include a covered pavilion, restrooms, 20 picnic tables, barbecue grills, power, lighting, sink, counters, a sandy volleyball court and horseshoe pits. Equestrian areas are found at the Main Entrance Area and North Ramp. The main area facility includes an arena, corrals, horse washing station and a covered barbecue area with tables, grill, sink, counter space, power, water, and lighting. This amazing park is found near Carson City.
Dayton State Park: This Park is a 152-acre public recreation area. Nice trails and clean restrooms. The Park has a nice gathering area with built in grills. It is a wonderful place to walk your dogs on the trails and they will love it. The Carson River flows through the park and offers fishing and bird watching. The Rock Point Mill, built in 1861, was once used to process rich silver ore from nearby Virginia City. Remnants of the mill are still visible within the park, just west of U.S. 50. Picnicking, camping, and group use facilities are available. The group use pavilion has hot and cold water-sink, electricity, tables, and a large BBQ. It is available by reservation only for weddings, reunions, birthdays, kid’s parties or just for fun. Located near Carson City, Nevada.
Fort Churchill State Historic Park: An integral part of the history of Nevada and the American West, Fort Churchill was built in 1861 to provide protection for early settlers and guard Pony Express mail runs. Today the ruins are preserved in a state of arrested decay within the Historic Park, and visitors can walk designated trails to study the ruins. The Park also features the renovated Buckland Station, an important way station in the 1800s for pioneer travelers on the Overland Route. With 3,200 acres along the Carson River, the park is an idyllic place for campers, hikers, bird watchers, canoeists, and equestrians. The main campground has 20 sites suitable for travel trailers, motorhomes, or tents. Campsites include a table and fire ring, and all are shaded by large cottonwood trees. Sites cannot be reserved and there are no hook-ups, but a RV dump station is nearby. You will find this Park near Silver Springs and Carson City.
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Nevada Museums – A state in the Western US, it is bordered by Oregon, California, Arizona, and Utah. It is home to the magnificent Hoover Dam. You will be surprised at what Nevada has to offer.
California Trail Historic Interpretive Center: Get hands-on with Western history, where visitors can immerse themselves in the experiences of emigrants and Native Americans during the United States’ period of Western Expansion. There are programs and live demonstrations every day. Fun and educational for all ages, with hiking trails for the more adventurous sorts! Whether you have children with you or are by yourself, this is a great way to discover what the western trail was like for immigrants in the 1840’s. Several maps, full size covered wagons, hands on activities for children, photos and explanations are here for the viewing. Few realize just how arduous the trip west was. Should you choose horses, mules or oxen? Which route was best? How much could you actually carry in a wagon? How long did it really take and how do you cross the great basin where water is scarce? Plan on at least an hour, longer if you have inquisitive children with you. It is worth the time to stop in Elko.
The Liberace Museum Collection Tour: This Collection was curated by Liberace himself for his original museum in Las Vegas. It has been augmented by additional artifacts of the Liberace legacy donated since his death and visiting exhibits of artifacts pertaining to Liberace or to the thousands of artists on whom his influence is known is available. The collections are housed at Thriller Villa, the massive final home of Liberace’s old friend Michael Jackson. The property is not open to the public and may be experienced only by private tour. Rather than a typical museum exhibit, Thriller Villa provides unusually appropriate context for these historic collections, expertly designed into the interior decor of this striking and unusual home. We call it “Liberace at Thriller Villa: Showmanship and the Man in the Mirror.” Private tours include transportation by Lyft from anywhere in the Las Vegas tourist corridor, included is a light, elegant champagne lunch. A stop in Las Vegas is required.
Pinball Hall of Fame: If you are a pinball fan this is the place to come. There are about 150 vintage pinball games. Whether you liked Star Trek, Royal Flush, Dr. Who, or Frogger, you will find a game to play. With such a varied collection all available to play, it is a great way to spend an afternoon & know that you are helping the people who run this establishment to continue donating to the Salvation Army. They do a great job of maintaining the machines ‘on the spot’ and their efforts are much appreciated! The fresh popcorn & soda drinks available keep you energized too! You can play these games in Las Vegas.
Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum: Our recommendation is to see this museum before you go Hoover Dam. By doing this everything will come together once you see Hoover Dam. It will give you a better perspective. There are lots of information at this museum on how the dam was built. The museum is free, but donations are accepted. This is a small museum but informative and nicely laid out with lots of interesting facts and details – located in the lovely Boulder city hotel. There is a small gift shop with lots of local art for sale. Makes for a nice outing while in Boulder City.
The National Atomic Testing Museum: This would provide a great educational experience for those young enough to have been born after the end of nuclear testing. For older guests, it brings back memories of that era. In addition it sheds light on the little talked about challenges of maintaining and ensuring that our current stockpile of nuclear weapons is still in good working order. This museum is located in Las Vegas.
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If you really want to get into the festival mood; then you will want to go to some of the Nevada festivals that we have listed for you to attend. Call us and we will help you plan your next vacation to this beautiful part of the country. Here you’ll have close access to the Grand Canyon, the mountains of Reno, and Hoover Dam.
52nd Annual Reno Basque Festival: Celebrate Basque heritage with traditional food, music, dancing, and activities Reno Basque Festival: The Basque culture is a big part of Reno’s history and at Wingfield Park in downtown Reno. This annual celebration and the event is hosted by the Zazpiak Bat Basque Reno club; this year on the third Saturday of July all day in the Wingfield Park, in Reno.
Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival: Come to Elko Nevada for this annual balloon Festival! 27 balloons will be launching early from the soccer fields of the Sports Complex in Spring Creek. The Boy Scouts will be serving a pancake breakfast and Las Brisas will be there both mornings! Chip Stone will be providing music and there will be many local vendors out on the field as well. The Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival is an annual event sponsored by Ruby Mountain Hot Air Inc., a local non-profit organization. Jul 26 – 28, in Elko.
8th Annual Exodus Festival Las Vegas: Exodus Festival continues to be the most cost effective, convenient and hassle-free ways to experience Las Vegas. Spend your money on enjoying your Vegas experience and leave the DJ and party selection up to us! With 8 years’ experience in curating your Las Vegas experience, all you need is a wristband to enter some of the world’s biggest nightclubs and premier pool parties, all via our special Exodus VIP line. From Aug 1 – Aug 5, Las Vegas.
Fallon Cantaloupe Festival: This Regional Festival is centered around the harvesting of a huge variety of cantaloupes locally grown in Fallon. Believe it or not – there’s fun for all ages! Karaoke contests, mobile rock kids’ zone, cantaloupe eating contests, and a junior rodeo. There will be food vendors and art & crafts. From August 23 – 25 at the Churchill County Fair Grounds in Fallon.
The Great Reno Balloon Race: It IS the world’s largest free hot-air balloon festival! Soaring high above the Reno skyline, upwards of 80+ beautiful hot-air balloons take flight. It has been one of Reno’s most colorful and spectacular events for over three decades and is located just 2 miles from downtown Reno! Sure, it might be a bit earlier than you’re used to, but it’s worth the wake-up call! Accolades include “Best Special Event in Reno” and in Northern Nevada. The activities include: The Glow Show and Dawn Patrol – An amazing predawn spectacle as balloons twinkle against the dark sky making way for mass ascension. The Mass Ascension – It’s an incredible site when over 80 colorful balloons fill the sky. Truly a Kodak moment! Special-Shaped balloons – A Whimsical spectacle as special shaped balloons are always a favorite among fans. SUPER-Glow Show – On Friday morning, the glow show goes BIG as 25-30 glowing balloons are choreographed to music. On Balloon Boulevard there is a variety of food, crafts, art and souvenirs. Cloud 9 VIP Tent – A comfortable and convenient way to enjoy the show. The Cloud 9 VIP Club offers individuals and businesses the opportunity to have a front-row seat to all the excitement that goes on during the event. Join in the fun from Sep 6– 8 in the Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, Reno. See you there!
Wurst Festival: In Bicentennial Park the Brat-grillers start grilling more than 4.000 brats, sausages and hot dogs during this one-day event. In addition to food, the refreshing soft drinks, margaritas, wine and beer will be served by the Sunrise Rotarians. The festivities include the Wurst Dam Car Show, live entertainment during the day, a live auction and an evening concert in the park on Sept. 28 in Boulder City.
Call TravelKatz at 352-277-7300 or email us at [email protected] to plan your next vacation to Nevada. We will help you with that helicopter experience over the Grand Canyon or the Hoover Dam. We’ll get you up to Reno for the balloon festival, too!
PLACE OF INTEREST
Nevada’s “other” gambling and resort town, Reno is in the western part of the state near the California border. What the city lacks in glitz or reputation it more than makes up for in attractions and amenities. There are first-rate hotels, golf courses and casinos to rival its southern counterpart and, also like Las Vegas, Reno has become a popular destination for families. Galena Creek Park offers nature trails that even young children can navigate, plus organized educational events for families. It is known as “The biggest little city in the world”.
Reno River Festival – An action-packed weekend of music, food, activities, whitewater competition and fun! This 2-day festival on Mother’s Day weekend is often considered the kick-off to the special events season and offers something for everyone. Enjoy interactive summer and outdoor experiences Watch freestyle and competitive kayaking, free to the public Shop at over 100 food/beverage, outdoor merchants and craftsmen vendors, free to the public to browse Enjoy to FREE live music – the music line-up has featured up and coming and established national recording artists Participate in Yoga in the Park Entertain the kiddos in the Kids Play Area Improve your skills at the Fly fishing clinic Register for the 2nd annual Reno River Roll (slow bike ride) The list of activities go on and on. This is some place you want to plan to do next May since it is a bit late for this year.
Reno Rodeo – It’s the Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West! Featuring 10 days and nights of the best rodeo competition in the country with over 750 professional athletes. Enjoy all the fan favorites, including two world-class team roping events, professional bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bronc riding. The exciting Western action also features an authentic cattle drive, parade, extreme Mustang Makeover, Double R Marketplace for Western shopping, food, carnival and the wildly popular Mutton Bustin’. This event is held mid-June so you need to plan you trip soon.
National Automobile Museum – This museum is one of the best organized and presented. There is a definite flow between the different showrooms, with a few interactive displays. There was also the space museum, with more hands-on activities that would appeal to kids as well as adults. The display with the original vehicle used in the New York to Paris race was especially interesting. There is also a nice history about William Harrah (of the Harrah’s casino) since this is mostly his collection. There is a nice short film, and usually a guided tour once a day (there was no volunteer to do the tour on the day we went). There are also some period costumes on display. This is a place where you can spend hours looking at all the displays. Highly recommend this museum!
Mt. Rose Ski Resort – Rose isn’t the largest Tahoe ski resort, but it is a locals’ favorite, and for good reason. Highest base elevation keeps snow better longer. Experts will enjoy the Chutes, while there are several good beginner runs, including a long meandering green trail. Spent a wonderful day skiing here. Everything about the place is well thought-out, from ticket window to lodge locations and other amenities including food service. Staff is friendly and helpful in all areas especially the attentiveness of the lift attendants at the beginner lifts. They watched the kids getting on and off! These people coach and cheer the kids getting on and off! if I was starting my kids out, this would be the place. Green trails are easy to access without worrying about wandering off onto trails that are too tough. There are plenty of choices and all trails are well-marked. As for food, pricing was great, Check out the specials on Tuesday and Thursdays. This was by far the better value than other ski areas around Reno.
Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum – The museum is huge, multi-floor, rooms separated by subject. They have a dinosaur as well. And, kids love the climbing cloud center of There is literally something for everyone. The younger children will want to spend time on the lower level playing at the eater feature, climbing the tower, playing in the camping room and in the building room. The older kids will want to spent time in the rooms on the top level. They can even build a bird house. The brain teaser room is great too.
Chapel of the Bells – Reno is known for getting married on the spur of the moment. With everything that can occur the day you plan to get married getting to the Chapel is easy, the ladies are both kind, and helpful. They make the process so easy and make it a wonderful day!
Reno Arch – The Reno sign is an institution. The sign is all lit up in shocking bright blue. It really stood out against the dark sky. A must see while in Reno. It is at the entrance to the casinos and restaurants, so you can’t miss it. It’s a great place for pictures too.
You can fly into Reno from Tampa and have a wonderful family Summer or Winter Vacation. Give TravelKatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will make it happen for you.
Alabama Gardens- Come witness the beautiful colors and varieties of flowers and plants as we travel to Alabama for a look. There are 13 varieties of gardens located all over the state. Call us to help you create that springtime Alabama adventure! Or maybe you would rather witness the fall colors instead.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens: A cherished place of respite and inspiration since 1962, these Gardens promote a passion for plants, gardens, and the natural world. Located in the heart of Birmingham, this 67-acre urban oasis offers beautiful blooms, glorious specialty gardens, and opportunities to grow your green thumb throughout the year. The Gardens are free and open to the public every day of the year. A facility of the Parks and Recreation Board, these Botanical Gardens are the result of a public-private partnership between the city the nonprofit Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Beautiful gardens with lots of incredible plants and water features and benches to sit and take it all in and it’s also right across from the zoo. It’s a beautiful place to take a walk, read a book, have a picnic, or take photos. The gift shop is lovely as well. Found in the city of Birmingham.
Dunn Formal Rose Garden: This Rose Garden is an official All-America Rose Selection Display Garden. It features tea roses, floribundas, grandifloras, climbers, miniatures and shrub types that bloom in glorious colors from late April until frost. You’ll see old favorites such as ‘Peace’, ‘Chrysler Imperial’, and ‘John F. Kennedy’ mingle with newcomers like ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Dolly Parton’ and ‘Fourth of July’; our bounty of roses has made this spot a mainstay attraction since The Gardens first opened in Birmingham.
Hess Camellia Garden: Another beautiful site, this Shade Garden and the Japanese Garden are found at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Come and enjoy the diversity these gardens offer.
Huntsville Botanical Garden: The 112-acre Botanical Garden is open year-round and contains a diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, and wetlands, as well as a variety of specialty gardens and native plant collections. The Mathews Nature Trail contains the largest accredited trillium collection in the U.S. and the Anderson Education Center is home to the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house. The Native Plants Teaching Garden is a public space that highlights the way local plants, soil, pollinators, and birds create distinct communities and how they interact to form a diverse, sustainable, and attractive landscape. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Garden is a member of the American Public Gardens Association of North America. Discover this garden in Huntsville.
Dothan Area Botanical Gardens: Serene retreat featuring 50 acres of lush, manicured gardens with ponds & shady walking trails. It is on the smaller side but for $5 a person it was well worth the money! There is a gorgeous Asian garden and tropical plant house. You can see a good variety of roses, camellias, and herbs, too. There are paved walkways for a very peaceful and quiet stroll on a Sunday morning. For the children, there is a kid zone which everyone loves. Found in town Dothan north of Atlanta.
Aldridge Gardens: This spot is amazing. Wonderful accessible walking trails, a hands-on bonsai educational opportunity, a Veterans Memorial Arbor and Pentagon Plaza with beautiful views of the lake, also a great place to take a run in the park – and just adorable geese or ducks! They also have a venue you can rent for events. Come experience the beauty and hospitality the city of Hoover has to offer.
Cornerstone Gardens: This garden is a beautiful hidden gem! You might very well love all the Bible verses throughout the garden! Cornerstone Gardens and Arboretum was created as a place of meditation, rest, and reflection for Carriage House Repose & Restore, Inc., a Christian support ministry for ministers, missionaries, and evangelists. The Carriage House is situated on the property close to the gardens, and the pastors and others come to stay there as a short-term respite. The caretakers and stewards of the Carriage House ministry have opened the gardens to the general public to share the natural beauty and wonder of over 5,000 plants and trees comprised of over 150 different species. Travel to Mobile to enjoy this garden.
TravelKatz is looking forward to helping you and yours have a special vacation in Alabama where you will get to see beautiful gardens. Just call us at 352-277-7300 or chat at www.travelkatz.com.
Nevada State Capital: Carson City
Previously known as Eagle Ranch, Carson City was named after the nearby Carson River. The river, meanwhile, was named by explorer John C. Fremont after famed frontiersman Kit Carson, who, at one point, worked as Fremont’s scout through the Rocky Mountains.
Nevada State Capitol Building: The Nevada State Capitol has an excellent small museum on the second floor. The walk up the stairs to the museum takes you through some wonderful history – and the museum is the frosting on the cake. It’s only open during regular m-f business hours. But you can visit the museum, and then if you’d like to have a small picnic lunch on one of the benches in the Capitol park – or visit one of the fine restaurants within a block. But don’t miss the museum. (an advance request is required for a tour).
Nevada State Museum: The history of Nevada and the west was described very well explaining the gold and railroads and everything else. If you are in the Tahoe area and want to see some local history this museum is a must-visit destination. It is partially housed in the historic old mint building in downtown Carson City and the exhibits on coinage are first rate. There is a re-creation of a mine on the lower level that is actually very well done and the kids love it. Interesting areas on natural history with many specimens of animals, rocks and minerals, dioramas, and a mastodon skeleton on display. There is a very large walk-through section on Nevada history that is loaded with display items, everything from silverware to casino memorabilia to a very impressive collection of vintage firearms. Another section at the opposite end of the museum next to the gift shop highlights the history of native peoples in the area. There is not a lot there but the folk and popular objects, baskets, and other items on display are nice to see. I recommend watching the short video first. The admission is only $8 for adults and kids under 18 are free.
Kit Carson Trail: It’s time well spent walking the Kit Carson Trail in beautiful Carson City. You get a real feel for the time era of the old west as you visit the various buildings along this historic trail through the state capitol. The trail is easy to follow because there is a painted blue line on the sidewalk that guides you through the neighborhood. You can get a map at the visitor’s center that shows the path and has details about the historical building along the path. Also, there is an app that can be downloaded that gives the history of the buildings. The neighborhood had a small town feel to it. It’s a nice walk and many of the buildings have interesting history including one that Mark Twain lived in for a time.
Nevada State Railroad Museum: There are other Railroad Museums not far from here- the California State RR Museum, for example – but the Nevada Museum, like Carson City itself is much more approachable. Far less traffic, free and easy parking, and excellent exhibits. The beautifully restored engines and cars inside give an overview of the Age of Steam in the West. “Brass Betsy,” V&T 22, Inyo, must be one of the most beautiful engines ever produced. Worth a visit just to see it. The wandering guides, many who have experience with the days of steam, add to the experience. Good gift shop, too. In the summer, the engines will steam up, and move a coach or other car around the museum track. Great trains and a fun ride. The ride is on the property, but nonetheless it is more than worthwhile.
Carson Station Casino: Nice atmosphere, the rooms are nice, but not too fancy, drinks are affordable, excellent entertainment on select nights, and an abundance of gaming for everyone 21 and older. Great location, right off a busy street, S. Carson St / 395. You can stop by for a drink, some dinner, to stay the night, or play some slots if that’s your pleasure.
Carson City is located just a half hours drive from Reno, Nevada which is the closest airport. Flights from Tampa or Orlando are readily available. Just give TravelKatz a call at 352-277-2700 and we will make your vacation to Carson City a memorable one.
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