After being nicknamed the Loneliest Road in America by Life Magazine in the 1980s, travelers near and far have flocked to Nevada to experience this ultimate road trip. What originally served as a Pony Express Route in the 1880s evolved into the Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental highway. After the construction of Interestate 80, traffic along this historic route has dropped off, but the fascinating historical endeavors have remained. Running across central Nevada, the Loneliest Road intersects 8 of some of Nevada's most historically interesting towns, including Carson City, Dayton, Fernley, Fallon, Austin, Eureka, Ely and Baker.
As the route is located in the most mountainous state in the Continental US, travelers will enjoy expansive valleys and scenic landscapes while treking through 18 mountain ranges. While the 287 mile route may seem remote to the naked eye, boundless recreational opportunities await. Take a dip in some hot springs, explore many thousand-year-old petroglyph sites, enjoy a Middlegate Monster Burger, toss a pair of shoes or two on the iconic Shoe Tree, ride a steam engine train that's over 100 years old, or traverse several state parks and even a national park!
To enhance this ultimate road tripping experience, get your hands on a copy of the Official Highway 50 Survival Guide, where travelers can commemorate each stop with a passport-style stamp. After completing your trek, drop your passport in the mail to Travel Nevada to receive a souvenir pin and governor-signed certificate, stating that you've forged and survived the Loneliest Road in America.
Despite it's gloomy name, many amenities are available along the way, including gasoline, food and lodging. While necesities are available, it's always a good idea to plan ahead and schedule stops in cities that have supplies available, as there are long stretches between towns. Best yet, this expedition is seasonless as it runs along an American Defense Highway and must remain open and cleared year round. A true Nevada experience!