This might be my home state nowadays, but I like to think I am able to retain some sense of objectivity. Probably because Nevada = Las Vegas and there are a lot of things about Las Vegas that are terrible. But but BUT Nevada isn't just Las Vegas! And also, there are a lot of things about Las Vegas that are not terrible! So it's a matter of perspective, really.
So first, if you love to party and love to blow money and… um, other stuff, there is VEGAS, and it is the best place in the country to do all of that. And even for those of us who just can't with the 24/7 party lifestyle anymore, the whole 24/7 thing (even more so off the Strip where the actual Vegas humans live) is super convenient. When I fly into Detroit now and I just want to pick up some decent beer and some food for the next few days and it's 9:07pm and everything is closed and I have to drive to a Meijer 20 minutes away, that's kind of stupid, you know? It's not that I need Roberto's tacos or a Green Island smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Café at 4am. It's just nice to know I can get them.
Vegas is catching up in non-dirtbag ways, too, with astounding growth in the beer scene and the Downtown hipster food scene. Our Chinatown is great, we've got tons of 24-hour taquerias, and every celebrity chef worth his weight in cable-network food shows has a restaurant here. Even the lowest-common-denominator/highest-profit-margin pandering adds to the absurd variety here. And entertainment? Fuggedaboudit. Comedy clubs, Cirque shows, concerts of all sizes and stripes, independent theaters, touring Broadway productions, penis puppetry -- we have it ALL.
And that's to say nothing else about the rest of Nevada! Reno, "the biggest little city in the world," probably has more hipster cred than even Downtown Vegas, plus it's just an hour to Lake Tahoe. Also, TAHOE. (It's half in Nevada!) Plus: ghost towns and weird alien-landing/nuclear-testing history and the ruins of old Mormon settlements and wooden saloons dating to the pioneer days.
Also ALSO: there may be no better state for outdoors enthusiasts, and that's not a joke. There are mountains and state parks and national parks and forests and rivers and lakes in every single state, but few major cities can claim all of these things within an hour's drive from the city, and most within a half-hour's drive. Las Vegas and Reno can. Hiking, climbing, canyoneering, rappelling, kayaking, Jet Skiing, whitewater rafting, cycling, mountain biking, skiing: you can do it all here in Nevada, often in the same day.