Luxury Escapes Guide to Nevada

Roll the dice and see where you land, from buzzing nightlife to trip-defining panoramas – you’re in good hands.

Retreat to Nevada’s expansive plains, where ancient rock formations rub shoulders with chilling ghost towns and turquoise lakes shimmer in the shadow of majestic mountains. Come for the mesmerising lights, world-class acts and intoxicating fun – stay for the untamed expansive spaces, breathtaking sunsets and storied history that runs deep.

Take a scenic drive from Reno to Wells and back to Las Vegas to discover the beating heart of the Silver State, a collection of thriving state and national parks, monumental landmarks – from the Hoover Dam to Lake Tahoe – and surprising stops along the way. Throw back a cold one at an iconic Sagebrush Saloon, learn about the history of the original cowboys and sample a stiff glass of straight bourbon along the ‘loneliest road in America’, Highway 50.

Try your luck at a classic game of poker in the country’s biggest little city, Reno, or kick things up a notch and make your way toward the flashing lights and sweet sounds of the notorious Sin City. Here, prepare to experience luxury with all of your senses. From world-renowned celebrity chef-led eateries and designer shopping to history-making live performances from some of the world’s greatest talents – you’re bound to win in one way or another.

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Things to see and do

Celebrate Basque culture in Elko

Take a journey along Interstate 80 until you reach the bygone town of Elko and discover a world frozen in the 1800s Gold Rush era – a celebration of the area’s layered Basque culture. The Basque migrated from a region on the northern border between Spain and France and settled in the vast state of Nevada, where the traditional foods, celebrations and language hold strong. If you’re lucky enough to travel through Elko on 1 July, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the National Basque Festival and join the celebrations of the old country.

Explore bygone boomtowns at Techatticup Mine in Eldorado Canyon and Goodsprings Ghost Town

Once a flourishing town, now an eerie ghost settlement from a bygone era, Goodsprings Ghost Town is an absolute must-do for those seeking a little Wild West action on the outskirts of Las Vegas. Saddle up for a day of quintessential cowboy shenanigans as you discover bullet holes scattered throughout Pioneer Saloon, the oldest bar in Southern Nevada. Continue your adventures at Techatticup Mine in Eldorado Canyon (about a one-hour drive from Goodsprings), whose stunning scenery provided the backdrop for movies including 2001 Kevin Costner cult classic 3000 Miles to Graceland.

Sling back a cold one at a Sagebrush Saloon

Navigating the dusty plains of the Wild West can be thirsty work, so sling back a frosty beer at one of the popular Sagebrush Saloons – where cowboys would boot-n-scoot until the kegs ran dry. Ramble with the vast, deserted and dusty roads of Nevada on a journey to wet your whistle at the best watering holes in the state. Quench your thirst at the 1853 Genoa Bar & Saloon, the oldest bar in Nevada, or venture to Jarbidge’s wild Red Dog Saloon, where the ambiance of the prohibition lives on in stories and the hardwood bar tops offers a sturdy spot to rest your glass.

Visit the brightest spot on Earth: Las Vegas

From the twinkling reflection of sequin dresses to the blinding lights of The Strip, spend an endless day in the brightest city on Earth – Las-gosh-darn-Vegas. Here, time is meaningless: Caesar’s Palace keeps the party going with its signature ceiling that resembles blue skies and fluffy clouds 24 hours a day. Five-star resorts welcome guests around the clock and world-renowned artists like Adele, Celine Dion and Lionel Richie take up residencies that can last for months. Catch a performance, dine at world-famous buffets and experience the glitz and glamour of the brightest spot-on Earth as seen from space.

See Vegas history in a new light at The Neon Museum

While enjoying Sin City, take a journey through The Neon Museum, a place of lit-up enchantment, dazzling colours and vintage neon signs from all over Las Vegas. Founded in the mid-1990s as a place of preservation, history, art and culture, the museum remains a non-profit organisation featuring events and collections showcasing the iconic signs of the city. Head down to the former La Concha Motel lobby, where the visitor centre is housed, to purchase tickets and wander the neon graveyard.

Marvel at the Hoover Dam

Nearly an hour’s drive from the glowing hub of Nevada, or a lavish six-minute roundtrip helicopter flight, the journey from Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam is a scenic showcase of natural wonders. The massive body of water at Hoover Dam is a sight to behold, sitting over 220 metres above the surface, the viewing deck offers views of the Colorado River and the rugged mountainous landscape of the region. Marvel at the achievement of modern engineering, take a guided tour and learn the importance of the dam both for the survival of the state and the livelihood of the people.

Hike through the Valley of Fire State Park

Escape the neon glow of Las Vagas and reconnect with nature in one of the most mesmerising wilderness destinations, earning its name as the Valley of Fire State Park. Kick up the fiery red dust of the desert and hike to the point where famous Aztec sandstone meets otherworldly zebra-striped limestone formations. The White Domes hike is known as the prestigious trail of choice. The short one-mile loop accesses a deep canyon floor where sheer cliff faces tower above you. Alternatively, travel to Mouse Tank and learn the legend of a mysterious outlaw and witness the historic wonder of ancient petroglyph paintings.

Visit the Biggest Little City; Reno

Dazzling the giant state of Nevada with its mighty energy is the Biggest Little City in the World; Reno. The artificial glow of the glittery casino lights sits against the natural beauty of the desert backdrop, where a teeny sprinkle of Las Vagas glamour meets the laidback energy of an unpretentious city. Stroll the Reno Riverwalk and explore the city’s glitzy restaurants and swanky bistros, or window shop in the Midtown district to get your hands on vintage gems hidden in funky boutiques. Gaze upon the iconic Reno Arch and discover the abundance of water activities at the nearby Truckee River Whitewater Park.

Swim or ski at Lake Tahoe

Live out your summer lake house vacation dreams with a trip to the turquoise waters of Lake Tahoe. Dive into the mysterious waters of the second deepest lake in the country and hike the rugged mountainous landscape, exploring the crystal-clear Sand Harbour Beach before pitching a tent in the state forest. The cooler months of winter are equally as thrilling, with avid skiers gliding past on snow-covered landscapes. Make sure to rug up and stay warm while staying in a chalet on the edge of the mountain.

Adventure through Great Basin National Park

Head to White Pine Country to uncover a world of hidden limestone caves, ancient bristlecone pine trees, crystal-clear alpine lakes, and star-lit night skies. The Great Basin National Park is one of the darkest destinations in the United States thanks to its secluded location and has become the heart of a thriving year-round ranger-led astronomy program. Prepare to see the blinding twinkle of the stars against the contrast of the black night sky while finding your way to the Astronomy Amphitheatre. Stare into the mouth of Lehman’s Limestone Caves before venturing inside and join the investigation into the geological wonder.

Top places to eat and drink

The Star Hotel, Elko

Step inside one of Nevada’s oldest traditional Basque eateries at The Star Hotel. Soak in the famous historic interiors while enjoying a freshly poured drink. Initially opened in 1910, although the owners have changed, the jovial atmosphere and dedication to delicious grub have stayed the same. If you arrive in time for lunch, fuel up on moreish meals with garlic-loaded entrees and freshly baked bread. Hang around for the dinner rush to chow down on one of The Star’s famous beef cuts from Porterhouse to Top Sirloin with classic sides such as the chef’s specialty Basque beans.

SouthCreek Pizza Co., Reno

Transport your tastebuds directly to Naples, the humble birthplace of pizza, with a premium slice of SouthCreekCo Pizza. Importing flour directly from Italy and cold-fermenting the dough ensures a traditional soft, chewy crust. Topped with freshly made mozzarella and Californian tomatoes, this creates a careful flavourful experience that celebrates the best of both local produce and classic Italian cooking. Each pizza is lovingly cooked in the imported wood-fired brick oven to order and pairs perfectly with an array of tasty charcuterie boards, enticing entrees and a refreshing variety of tap beers, wines, and house-made sangrias.

Tonopah Brewing Company, Tonopah

Deep in the desert between Reno and Las Vegas, stop off for a refreshing craft beer and a plate of succulent barbequed meats at Tonopah Brewing Company. Paying homage to the first-ever business in town which was a brewery and tap house, this custom-built Bavarian brewhouse hopes to remain true to the traditional beer-making process. With love for the brew-making roots of the town, this family-owned brewery pours classic pale ales and lagers alongside innovative IPAs and Belgian-style sours that showcase the best of the region’s storied history with beer.

Bardot Brassiere, Las Vegas

Led by renowned celebrity chef Michael Mina, Bardot Brassiere provides impeccable French cuisine right in the heart of Las Vegas’ signature strip. Set within the Aria, one of the glittering city’s most iconic resort and casino complexes, this popular brunch spot offers deliciously prepared dishes in a typically Parisian bistro setting. Bring along your best pals and feast on steak and frites, escargot, oysters and croque madame tartine with perfectly blended new and old-world wines, bubbling champagne, and creative cocktails. Cheers to that!

Bacchanal Buffet

Leave the decision-making up to the professionals and indulge in a tempting culinary spread across cultural and flavourful bounds at the Caesar’s Palace world-famous buffet; Bacchanal Buffet. Considered by many as the best buffet in the world, grab a plate and see for yourself. Reach peak indulgence by sampling the likes of red velvet pancakes and freshly squeezed juices in the AM, then stick around for everything from dim sum, street tacos, crab legs, succulent salads and much more. If you somehow have room for dessert, taste the soft ice cream and baked-to-order lava cake for the perfect cherry on top of an already incredible culinary experience.

Frey Ranch, Fallon

Get right to the heart of one of the oldest traditions in Nevada history by sampling some signature amber nectar from the cellar door of iconic whiskey producers: Frey Ranch. Located along the “loneliest road in America”, Frey’s Ranch is home to a wide variety of single barrel, straight bourbons, and rye whiskeys, sure to ease up any blue mood. Developed over 165 years with a grain-to-glass philosophy, these lovingly aged drops are crafted utilising whiskey grains grown onsite – making the tasting experience all the more interesting and heartfelt.

Happy Burro Chili & Beer, Beatty

Where the mugs of beer are frosty and the award-winning chili draws a crowd, Happy Burro Chili & Beer is the Sagebrush Saloon you’ll want to hang around all day and night. Located just off the Free-Range Art Highway, this warm and welcoming old cowboy saloon has preserved its bygone traditions of old-school Western hospitality with delicious family recipes and even creaky wooden floors. Take a seat on the breezy outdoor patio or saddle up at a bar stool and enjoy free-flowing taps of draft beer, steaming hot chili, and lively conversation with one of the Beatty Cowboys – if you’re feeling lucky, partner.

The Slanted Porch, Fallon

For a classic farm-to-table experience, fuelled by environmental consciousness, The Slanted Porch selects only the freshest, most local produce for their delicious dishes. Nestled within a converted early 20th-century farmhouse, owner and head chef Steve Hernandez cultivates a warm and welcoming atmosphere fuelled by a love of food. Grab a comfortable seat and prepare to sample some of the region’s finest, and certainly the freshest, locally farmed delicacies from juicy carnivorous sandwiches to moreish salads.

Best Friend, Las Vegas

Explore an unlikely mashup between a New York bodega and LA bar in this Korean BBQ joint deep in the heart of Las Vegas. Located inside the eco-friendly hotel MGM, Best Friend’s vibrant menu is brought to visitors by LA-based celebrity chef, Roy Choi who has remixed a variety of standout dishes from his food trucks and venues to suit this popping space. Start with the succulent Kogi short rib tacos and try the uni dynamite rice before slurping down an icy margarita slushy all while bopping along to live DJs spinning vinyl into the night.

Fox Smokehouse BBQ, Boulder City

Run by a passionate pair of BBQ lovers, The Fox Smokehouse is so dedicated to perfectly cooking incredible cuts of meat that they want their visitors to enjoy without the interference of sauce. Famous for melt-in-your-mouth brisket and pulled pork and traditional burnt ends served with fluffy white rolls and a casing of some of Nevada’s best mac and cheese. Stop by the popping BBQ joint to try the signature Smokehouse Burger which boasts a nine-ounce beef and brisket blend, topped with fresh lettuce, tomato, onion and BBQ mayo – you’ll be coming back for more.

Lux moments

Soar above the Grand Canyon

Witness the wonder of the Grand Canyon with a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour. Jump on board an exclusive chopper and get comfortable as you fly over the incredible Hoover Dam and sparkling Lake Mead on your way to the rim of the iconic Canyon. Fly high above the cliff faces and bask in panoramic views of the natural monument, catching glimpses of the Colorado River, Guano Point and Eagle Point if you’re lucky. Descend to the Canyon Floor to see just how incredible the rusty-hued rock formations and pillars are before jetting off back to the glittering lights of Las Vegas’ famed strip.

Experience an electrifying Las Vegas residency from one of the greats

When it comes to live music performances, no other international capital does it quite like Las Vegas. With some of history’s biggest names in the music industry performing in Vegas residency including Elvis and Cher, you can expect an icon to grace the stage for a memorable show. From the iconic Colosseum at Caesars Palace to the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, secure front row or VIP slots to some of the most entertaining acts and showstopping voices of this generation that shine brighter than the Strip itself.

Bliss out at the Sahra Spa in The Cosmopolitan

Find your inner peace at the intersection between luxury and rejuvenation with a tailored treatment at the elusive desert locked Sahra Spa at the Cosmopolitan. Drawing inspiration from the enchanting sand dune-filled surroundings, the stone and marble encrusted design boasts a natural colour palette and organically shaped interiors to calm busy minds. One of the only spas in the vicinity that incorporates the specialities of a Turkish Hammam to promote calming journeys to clarity, the wellness hub also offers a variety of holistic facials, traditional massages, nail care and invigorating steam treatments.

Knives out for a luxurious experience at Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres

Embark on a vibrant sensory adventure led by internationally renowned culinary creator and best-selling author, Chef José Andrés, with a spectacular evening at Bazaar Meat in Las Vegas. Bringing bold flavours to an already bold city, the curated menu seeks to celebrate all things carnivorous with dramatic fire stages showcasing wood grills and rotating rotisseries. Savour the highest quality succulent Kobe beef alongside some other fan favourites from innovative foie gras cotton candy and caviar flights. Start with a delicious cocktail, see the show, and stay for one of Las Vegas’ most elegant dining experiences.