Four Places to Cool Off in Nevada This Summer
Enjoy some cool, family-friendly fun at these Nevada destinations.
As you know, Nevada summers can be uncomfortably hot, so If you're looking for some spots to cool down and get some relief from the heat, here are a few suggestions:
When considering places to enjoy cooling off in Nevada, most people will likely think of Lake Tahoe first and foremost (and with good reason). They don't call it the "Jewel of Nevada" for nothing. While it is a great ski destination when there's snow, there is plenty to do in the summer months, such as kayaking, jet-skiing, paddle boarding, parasailing, and, of course, boating. Nothing beats a day on the lake when the temperatures are soaring. There are also some gorgeous waterfalls to experience in the area. Trips to Discover recommends a day of "waterfall hopping."1
"Eagle Falls is one of the best, set against the backdrop of gorgeous Emerald Bay," it says. "The easy walk to Lower Eagle Falls is only about a mile, where you’ll see 60-foot and 90-foot cascades. Horsetail Falls is just off Highway 50 on the way into South Lake Tahoe; it has an 800-foot drop that makes it the largest waterfall in the Tahoe area, while Glen Alpine Falls features 65 feet of layered drops and is set just above Fallen Leaf Lake, easily accessible from Highway 89 north."
For a little added culture, try taking in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and/or the Tony-winning rock 'n' roll tribute Million Dollar Quartet, which will be running from July 5 - August 25 at Sand Harbor at Lake Tahoe State Park.
If you feel like doing some hiking, biking, climbing, or camping, consider the Spring Mountains and Mount Charleston, less than 40 miles from Las Vegas. This is also a great area for horseback riding, off-road driving, or simply admiring the wildlife.
This area is significantly cooler in the summer months than the nearby valley, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. That compares to highs in the 100s and lows in the 70s in Vegas.
Keep an eye on the Mount Charleston event calendar2 for other things to do while you're in the area, but don't forget, you're not too far from the entertainment capital of the world.
Ruby Mountains in Elko County
If you're at the opposite end of the state, the Ruby Mountains in Elko County are also a great place to visit in the summer, when the temperatures average lows of 45 and highs of 80.
"The Ruby Mountains are flush with wildlife, mountain scenery, lakes, streams and valleys, and provide nearly endless opportunities for hiking and outdoor adventure," says Travel Nevada.3
Summer activities from June through October include: camping, climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking, scenic driving, wildlife viewing, and 4-wheeling. If you'll be in the area during the fourth weekend of July, be sure to check out the Balloon Festival, where numerous hot air balloons will be launched while visitors take in food and music and browse local vendors.
Whitewater Rafting Options
If you want a little excitement while you cool down, check out whitewater rafting opportunities in the state. Don't worry – you don't have to be a pro to enjoy this attraction. Tours are offered for different levels of experience from "relaxing" to intermediate and advanced on the Truckee River, American River, or Carson River.4 Whitewater rafting in Reno on the Truckee River features some of the most breathtaking scenery available, and is great for either families or groups of friends looking for a thrill.
It's probably going to be a hot summer in Nevada, but if you look around this wonderful state, you can find some fantastic ways to cool down. If you're considering taking a vacation, but aren't sure how you're going to pay for it, consider a personal loan5 from Nevada State Bank.
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