The Silver State's name is
derived from the Spanish term for “snow-capped,” which locals pronounce
“neh-VA-duh”, not “neh-vah-duh.” Carson City is the state capital.
Nevada has two area codes,
with most of the state using 775. In the Las Vegas area, the area code
Nevada is distinctive among
American states thanks to the prevalence of gaming. It can be found
statewide in such establishments as grocery stores, gas stations,
airports, convenience stores and various other venues. It is prohibited
only in Boulder City. The legal gambling age in Nevada is 21, and
casinos are open 24 hours.
In an emergency, dial 911
for police, fire or medical assistance.
For current road
conditions, visit NVRoads.com from your computer or NVRoads.mobi on your
mobile phone or dial 511.
Alcohol is sold throughout
Nevada. The legal drinking age is 21.
The majority of Nevada is
in the Pacific Time Zone (GMT Minus 8 hours) with the exception of West
Wendover, which is in Mountain Time Zone (GMT Minus 7 hours). The state
observes daylight saving time.
Nevada state sales tax is
6.50%. Local sales tax may be an additional 1.25%.
You must be 18 to purchase
tobacco products in Nevada. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings
and areas where food is served. Smoking is permitted in casino areas,
bars and other designated locations where no food is served.
Nevada is one of just two
states that allow some form of legal prostitution, the other being Rhode
Island. State law permits heavily regulated brothels to operate in any
county with a population under 400,000, making prostitution illegal in
Washoe and Clark Counties, among others. Eleven Nevada counties
currently permit brothels in certain areas or cities.
Nevada law requires
everyone in a vehicle to wear a seat belt. Motorcyclists must wear
Speed limits in Nevada are posted in miles per hour (mph). Generally,
and unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on urban freeways and rural
highways is 65 mph. On rural interstate freeways, the speed limit is 70
mph. In business and residential areas, the limit is 25 mph. In school
zones, while children are present and/or during school hours, the speed
limit is 15 mph. Speed limits are reduced to 45 mph close to town.
Most intersections are controlled by either stop signs or traffic
signals. Unless otherwise noted, it is legal to make a right turn on a
red light after coming to a complete stop and determining that the road
Best Time to Travel to Nevada
No matter your favorite
time of year, Nevada’s distinct four seasons make it an incredible
year-round destination. Beautiful spring and summer months make visiting
Nevada parks and recreation areas, places like Great Basin National
Park, spectacular Lake Tahoe, Valley of Fire State Park and more, an
amazing experience. You’ll find nowhere better for outdoor recreation
like hiking, backpacking, climbing, biking, camping and endless water
sport activities. Cooler fall months make strenuous outdoor recreation
even more enjoyable, with spectacular autumn colors to boot. And in the
winter, Nevada only gets better. Lake Tahoe is famous for its legendary
ski season and the nonstop winter sports that go with it, while the
stunning Ruby Mountains in eastern Nevada and southern Nevada’s easily
accessible Mt. Charleston make winter fun seem like a statewide mandate.
From skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing, ice fishing, dog sledding
and more, we make good use of the fluffy white stuff here. So no matter
how you get out in the great outdoors, whether you prefer shorts and
tees or snow boats and parkas, anytime is a great time to visit Nevada.