Tourism is the state’s most important economic activity. Millions of tourists visit Nevada each year, lured by its beautiful scenery, liberal gambling laws, and exciting nightlife. The state derives a large part of its revenue from taxes on gambling establishments and amusements. Luxury hotels, glittering gambling casinos, and nightclubs with big-name entertainers are centered in the resort areas of Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe. These resorts offer a number of attractions for children, as well. The Lake Tahoe region also has a number of popular ski resorts.
Two historic routes of travel across Nevada are still followed by modern interstate highways and railroads. One of these routes was the old California Trail from Salt Lake City to San Francisco, which extended down the Humboldt River and up the Truckee River into the Sierra Nevada. The second route, the Mormon Trail, extended from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, crossing southern Nevada through what is now Las Vegas. U.S. Highway 50, which follows the route of the Pony Express of the 1860s, has been called “The Loneliest Road in America” because of its passage through some of the state’s most unpopulated landscapes. Reno is a trade center for northwestern Nevada and a part of northeastern California. Las Vegas is the major southern center. Smaller centers in the state are Ely and Elko. The commerce of all Nevada, however, is closely tied in with the major population and trade centers of California. "Nevada" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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