Whatever you’re looking for in a scenic drive, there’s a good chance Nevada has it. The most mountainous state and the sixth-largest state in the lower 48, the Silver State’s majestic peaks and valleys are spread over a seemingly endless chunk of land. Nevada’s scenic byways wind their way through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.
In between Las Vegas and Lake Mead lies Valley of Fire, an impressive canvas of wind-sculpted red sandstone that transforms with each slight movement of the sun.
Prepare to see Lake Tahoe’s stunning version of “East Side Story,” starring Nevada’s serene wonder in all her glory, on one of three National Scenic Byways in Nevada.
Like many historic cities in the Silver State, the grand, bustling city of Belmont has dwindled into one of the state’s more iconic ghost towns. Positioned north of Tonopah, and the additional living ghost town of Manhattan, lies the fascinating remains of Belmont.
Pyramid Lake’s sparkling waters and tufa formations stand out like gem in Nevada’s desert landscape. Allow the state’s third National Scenic Byway to introduce you to it. SR 445 (Pyramid Way), which runs north from the city of Sparks, takes you along the ancient lake’s west shore. The first nationally designated scenic byway entirely within a tribal reservation, the road trip offers views of Pyramid Lake’s natural tufa rock formations – a pyramid-shaped rock juts out of the water and is the lake’s namesake.
“Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlor,” as it says above the entrance, has an intriguing mix of quirky artifacts, including Raquel Welch’s black leopard print bra and signed photo, donated during a movie shoot nearby.