Travel Nevada hosted a VIP luncheon at Vancouver’s Chambar restaurant to introduce its travel regions to media and travel trade, through five-minute “speed dating” learning sessions before sitting down for lunch with the large contingent of tourism partners.
“We brought our partners to provide valuable information on the rural communities of Nevada,” Yennifer Diaz, international sales & public relations specialist for Travel Nevada told PAX. "We want agents to know that Nevada has so much more to offer outside of the neon experience of Las Vegas, and we are here to give them new ideas to help increase tourism to Nevada."
Visitors to Nevada who do not venture beyond Las Vegas are indeed missing the other four territories that make up the state. Here are the highlights:
Cowboy Territory www.cowboycountry.org
Spanning the northern part of Nevada, Cowboy Territory is best explored by a road trip along Interstate 80 from Reno. Visitors have their fill of the Wild West with gold mining tours, visits to ranches, ghost towns and old towns. In Elko, witness the fabled Cowboy and Poetry Gathering, as well as Basques culture and cuisine. Accommodations along the way vary from rustic yurts to major chain hotels.
Reno Tahoe Territory www.renotahoe.com
Anchored by Reno – the biggest little city in the world - this four-season territory is home to all things outdoors. Ski resorts, championship golf courses, Lake Tahoe, and 600 miles of hiking and biking trails provide a myriad of activities for the entire family. Featured Reno resorts include family owned Atlantis, which has come a long way from a coffee shop and motel to an AAA Four-Diamond casino resort with 824 rooms, eight restaurants, and spa. Atlantis is the only resort that is connected to the Reno Sparks Convention Center, together offering over 550,000 square feet of meeting space. Outdoor recreation is also nearby, with golf courses and ski resorts within short driving distance.
The Peppermill Reno also has a coffee shop origin and now spans 45 acres with 1,621 rooms and suites in three towers. The resort has ten restaurants, fifteen bars, a thee-storey spa and 106,000 square feet of meeting space. Rooms are priced in lead-in, moderate and suite categories to suit all budgets. The AAA Four-Diamond resort is the only North American hotel operating its own geothermal energy plant.
Within one hour’s drive from Reno is state capital Carson City and historic silver mining town Virginia City, while Carson Valley, Lake Tahoe North and South regions have a wealth of outdoor and recreational activities.
Pony Express Territory www.ponyexpressnevada.com
In 1986, Life magazine dubbed Highway 50 as the 'Loneliest Road in America' and stated that one needed survivor skills in order to traverse the 287-mile route. Highway 50 travels 100 miles through Nevada connecting six communities from Carson City to Baker. The region is full of recreational opportunities including hiking, camping, mountain biking, mining and railroad towns, and is the gateway to Great Basin National Park. Visitors traveling through Highway 50 can obtain an official Survival Guide “passport” that can be stamped along the way to receive a certificate of “surviving” the loneliest road.
Nevada Silver Trails www.nevadasilvertrails.com
The largest state region at 35,000 square miles, Nevada Silver Trails boasts outdoor adventure in wide open spaces. The primary attraction is Death Valley National Park. Pahrump is the largest town in Nevada Silver Springs, located one hour west of Las Vegas. Visitors have access to biking and hiking trails, off-roading and ATV tours. Water-based activities include boating, fishing, and the hottest trend - jetpacking. Adrenaline junkies can take a drive on a high performance race track, but for the less inclined, Pahrump is also home to two wineries with tours and tastings.
Las Vegas Territory www.lvterritory.com
Las Vegas remains the most visited city in Nevada, but the entertainment capital of the world is also on track to become sports capital of the world, with the successful Golden Knights hockey team, and the future home of the Oakland Raiders – a $1.2B stadium coming in 2020. The city also recently broke ground on a 10,000 capacity baseball stadium, and also plays host to basketball, soccer, NASCAR, curling, and more. Access to Las Vegas from Canada is made easy with 122 weekly flights from Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver – and the newly announced seasonal daily flight from Edmonton on Air Canada beginning Oct. 28.
Visitors looking for unique entertainment in Las Vegas can take in Terry Fator - winner of America’s Got Talent in 2007 and voted best entertainer on the Strip for the past four years. Appearing four nights a week at the Mirage, Terry channels over twenty characters and is the only one-man show that combines comedy, impressions, singing and ventriloquism.
The feature Vegas property is The D Las Vegas which offers a vintage gaming experience with a Sigma Derby gaming machine, and slot machines that pay out in real coins. Located on Freemont Street, the 629-room hotel completed a $22 million renovation five years ago, has the longest bar in Nevada, and three restaurants including the only American Coney Island eatery outside Detroit.
Daytrips from Las Vegas include Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire, all within one hour’s drive.