5 LGBT honeymoons in Nevada

5 LGBT honeymoons in Nevada

The Nevada same-sex marriage ban has been overturned by the US Court of Appeal; so what better time to get hitched and honeymoon in the Silver State?

Nevada is renowned for being the gambling capital of the USA, but there's more to it than neon lights, Elvis weddings and roulette wheels. Look beyond Vegas and you'll find a wealth of sagebrush plains, mammoth mountains and plentiful parks peppered across the state - perfect for adventurous couples. And now that same-sex marriage has been legalised, Nevada is an even better spot for LGBT newlyweds too! Alexandra Gregg explores its best honeymoon spots…

Lake Tahoe

The legendary Lake Tahoe (pictured above) straddles the Nevada-California border, serving up a super-size slice of swimming, boating, skiing and hiking for thrill-seeking newlyweds. It's the largest mountain lake in North America and sits at the very top of the High Sierras, a year-round recreational hub. It's even got its own town - Crystal Bay - from which you can visit historic casinos, stroll through wildflower meadows and enjoy lakefront dining as the sun sets behind the mountains.

Where to stay? The intimate Secrets Inn is a couples-only hotel to the south of the lake. It boasts an old-world charm, complete with in-room fireplaces and Jacuzzi bathtubs.

Ruby Mountains

Old west cordiality meets hiking heaven in the Ruby Mountains. Towering above Nevada at 470m-high, this range will literally leave you breathless. Most trails are considered moderate in difficulty and round trips vary from about five to 30km. Go for the classic hike over Liberty Pass as a starting point: you'll soak up stunning mountain scenery and pass five alpine lakes: Dollar, Lamoille, Liberty, Favre and Castle. If trekking isn't your thing, hunting, fishing, boating and camping opportunities are all on offer too.

Where to stay? There's no fixed accommodation in the mountains, but if you're happy to stay outdoors then pitch a tent at the Thomas Canyon campground, 12km up Lamoille Canyon. Alternatively, hotels can be found just 30 minutes away in Elko. Try the fairytale Once Upon a Time B&B (775-738-1200), complete with its own art gallery and themed bedrooms.

Jarbidge

Envisage an American West ghost town, complete with tumbleweed, and you'll probably be thinking up a place just like Jarbidge. But that's not necessarily a bad thing: the silence and dirt track roads make it the perfect place to get off the grid with your beloved. Think no phone signal, quaint B&Bs and 1900s Gold Rush history aplenty. Want something a bit more active? Jarbidge has plenty of adventure too: jump in a 4WD vehicle, on a dirt bike and atop a wild stallion in the summer or, in the winter months, have a go at snowmobiling or cross-country skiing.

Where to stay? Tsawhawbitts Ranch Bed & Breakfast (775-488-2338) sits deep inside the Jarbidge wilderness, overshadowed by lofty peaks and entered via a stone gateway.

Mustang Monument

For a truly equine adventure, head for Mustang Monument. Open from June-September every year, this eco-resort and wild horse sanctuary offers 2,300 sq km of vast prairies and impressive peaks for an unforgettable safari adventure. The resort's main objective is to preserve the wild mustang (we're talking horses, not cars of course!) but also to educate people in the ways of this untamed animal. Visitors will go on hikes, try archery, get lassoing lessons and horse-ride until their heart's content. It's perfect for embracing your inner cowboy and cowgirl.

Where to stay? A teepee paradise, the glamping-style lodgings at the Mustang Monument offer outdoor living at its must luxurious. Imagine fine décor and leather furnishings, with the bright sunshine illuminating the tent through slanted fabric walls. Honeymoon bliss.

Las Vegas

With year-round sunshine, fine food and outlandish architecture, Las Vegas is shamelessly OTT. It's not  without culture, though: take a trip to Sin City and hit the casinos, but be sure to explore what else is on offer too. Head for the Mob Museum for example - which charts the rise of the US gangster in Vegas - or, for a touch or romance, take a gondola ride with your new spouse at the Venetian Resort. Be sure to watch the dancing Bellagio Fountains as well - they perform every 15-30 minutes between 3pm (noon, Sat-Sun) and midnight.

Where to stay? The Rumor Boutique Hotel offers a warm alternative to the big and brash Vegas hotels. It boasts stylish suites around 1.5km from the Strip - close enough to enjoy the slots, but far enough away to avoid them too.

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