New bike trail and walking path named 'Tahoe East Shore Trail' in Incline Village, Nevada, USA. Editorial credit: 1000Photography /

7 of the Most Hospitable Small Towns in Nevada

Nevada is known for being an adult's playground, thanks to Las Vegas. The city is where people from all around the world come to blow off steam. However, this isn't the only town in Nevada worth visiting. Thanks to the mining history in the Silver State, there are amazing small towns with so much history, like Virginia City. Mount Charleston and Incline Village are widely regarded as two of the most beautiful ski areas in the United States. The hiking, biking, and scenery in Nevada are genuinely second to none in these small towns.

Mount Charleston

Aerial view of Mount Charleston near Las Vegas, Nevada, showing rugged terrain and pine-covered slopes.
Aerial view of Mount Charleston near Las Vegas, Nevada. By Jorge ElĂ­as, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

It might be hard to imagine a town only 40 miles from Las Vegas experiencing all four seasons of weather. That's just what Mount Charleston has, though. During the summer, Mount Charleston has trails like Eagles Nest and Sawmill Trailhead to explore. Because of the altitude, it's only 90 degrees on the worst days. In the winter, escape to Lee Canyon in Mount Charleston for fantastic skiing. It's easy to access from Las Vegas and a great place to take a trip to whenever you need a change of scenery.

Incline Village

Incline Village, Nevada (USA) - 8/31/2019. People enjoying the end of summer at the beach. Photo taken at Sand Harbor State Park in Lake Tahoe over the Labor Day weekend.
People at Sand Harbor State Park in Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, Nevada. Editorial credit: 1000Photography /

Are there many more beautiful towns than Incline Village in Lake Tahoe? This area of the United States is talked about as having some of the most amazing views of any city. During the summer, boats, kayaks, and countless people flock to the water to relax and hang out. There are numerous small restaurants around to fill yourself up. In the winter, people come to ski and take in the 360-degree view of the mountains and the beautiful lake below. If you're ever thinking of moving there, make sure you save up. The town's four-season weather makes it a dream to visit at any point throughout the year.


Vintage train station building in Caliente, Nevada, USA.
Vintage train station building in Caliente, Nevada, USA. Editorial credit: Traveller70 /

Anyone who loves an adventure should check out this small town in Lincoln County. The hiking and biking trails lead to the local hot springs, which is the perfect way to refresh and relax. If you're a true thrill seeker, there are places to rock climb. The Main Street in town provides unique antiques and food that are specific to the area. This town is for real nature enthusiasts, as the best way to spend the night is by camping at Kershaw-Ryan State Park. Caliente is the perfect town for the adventurer who wants to spend time in the middle of nowhere.


Aerial view of Minden and Gardnerville, Nevada, along Highway 395 in the Carson Valley.
Aerial view of Minden and Gardnerville, Nevada, along Highway 395 in the Carson Valley. Editorial credit: Gchapel /

Minden is one of the first towns in Nevada where the desert leaves and the four seasons come. The updated city has kept its charm since it was first settled in for mining. Aside from that, Minden is known for a rich ranching history. This can be learned about at Dangberg Home Ranch Historical Park. Families will love getting to see the animals and live an easy life. Main Street in Minden has dozens of beautiful shops and restaurants to spend your time at. Only 3,500 people live here, so that you won't feel too on top of anyone during your mental break.


Aerial view of the Genoa, Nevada area in Carson Valley.
Aerial view of the Genoa, Nevada area in Carson Valley.

One of the most popular groups of people to live in Nevada is the Mormon community. They first came in the 1800s. Genoa is one of the places they settled in, which is just outside of Carson City. Families will love going to the Genoa Historic District because they can experience what day-to-day life was like in the 1800s. There's a trading post, a town hall, and people all around who are actors. Hikers are going to love the easy access to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Genoa has a wide range of family fun activities to experience.


Sunset over main street (Highway 95) in Tonopah, Nevada, featuring the historic downtown Mizpah Hotel and a Welcome to Tonopah sign.
Sunset over the main street (Highway 95) in Tonopah, Nevada. Editorial credit: Dominic Gentilcore PhD /

Nevada's nickname, the Silver State, comes from the amount of silver mined in the area. One of the most well-known places for this is Tonopah. The mining community first arrived in the 1800s, and Tonopah was a booming place. These days, the historic downtown area reminds visitors of how amazing a place it was during the mining rush. There are also countless places to hike and explore after going on a mine tour. The Mizpah Hotel brings back what it felt like to stay in a hotel during the early 1900s.

Virginia City

Wooden houses lining Main Street in Virginia City, Nevada, USA.
Wooden houses lining Main Street in Virginia City, Nevada, USA. Editorial credit: M. Vinuesa /

Another town in Nevada etched in history for mining is Virginia City. Between 1850 and 1870, it was one of the most populated towns in the area. Once all the silver was mined, though, the population fell quickly. These days, the mines are open to tour, and the natural world is just as impressive to explore. Aside from this, there are multiple places in downtown Virginia City on the National Register of Historic Places to check out. History buffs will love learning all about what's happened in the town and what the future of mining has.

Discover Nevada's Hidden Highlights

While it is a big part of the economy, Nevada is more than just gambling and nightlife. There are places like Tonopah and Virginia City where you feel like you're back in the Wild West. Incline Village and Mount Charleston are noted for some of the most amazing views and skiing around. No matter who you are, there's something in Nevada for you to enjoy.

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