Travel Nevada, virtually
Escape to some of Nevada’s beautiful open areas, explore museum galleries or listen to a ranger talk about astronomy — all virtually. Below are some ways to experience the Silver State during this time of social distancing, and to inspire you for future trips.
All Around Nevada
Virtual tours of Nevada ghost towns, the Black Rock Desert, small towns and more are available on this website from University of Nevada, Reno journalism professor Howard Goldbaum. https://allaroundnevada.com/
Visit Carson City has a website with interactive 360-degree photos of places along the Kit Carson Trail Walking Tour, a stroll through the historical section of Carson City:
Meet Carson Valley residents who love their home in the “Legends of the Valley” videos created by Visit Carson Valley on the organization’s web page on “How to Virtually Experience Carson Valley Until You Can Get here For the Real Thing.”
Visit Ely’s Renaissance Village, featuring 12 small houses made into mini-museums exploring the different cultures that converged in this town, in this 360-degree video from Visit Ely Nevada:
Great Basin National Park
Ranger minutes – three-minute videos on a variety of topics from astronomy to bristlecone pines — can be found here (scroll down past park alerts):
- Cirque du Soleil, which has multiple shows in Las Vegas and around the world, offers several videos on its hub, including a special one-hour video showcasing three of its productions: “O” (at the Bellagio in Las Vegas) and international shows “Kurios” and “Luzia.”
- Five artists interpret the Vegas experience in virtual reality.
- “Vegas at Home,” a series of short video performances by Vegas performers, launched March 24 by the Greenspun Media Group. The first was a magic show by Westgate performer Jen Kramer.
- Dig into the history and culture of Las Vegas through archived stories from the Las Vegas News Bureau, a division of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.https://www.lasvegasnewswire.com/
- Explore the geologic history of Lake Tahoe, via this video from the Tahoe Environmental Resource Center in Incline Village:
- A virtual ride on the Heavenly Mountain coaster is one of several online experiences offered by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.
- The LTVA also has a web page with interactive 360-degree Google Trekker pictures of hiking areas:
- Reclusive millionaire George Whittell built Thunderbird Lodge, including a 600-foot tunnel around the property, back in the 1930s. Check out this history and a photo gallery here: https://thunderbirdtahoe.org/index.php/thunderbird-lodge-history-page
- Go Tahoe North offers a network of live webcams, including views of Incline Village, at
https://www.gotahoenorth.com/webcams/. Go Tahoe North also will be posting virtual tour videos on its Instagram page:
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
- Historic Railroad Trail Virtual Experience (eight-minute video):
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area virtual museum
Loneliest Road in America
Travel the stretch of U.S. 50 through Nevada, also known as “The Loneliest Road in America,” through this video from Pony Express Territory, the nonprofit group based around the U.S. 50 corridor, at https://www.youtube.com/user/PonyExpressNevada. Also enjoy photo albums of communities and events from Pony Express Territory at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ponyexpressnevada/albums.
Mob Museum in Las Vegas
- Interactive microsite on Prohibition, including a game:
- Microsite on the museum’s exhibit of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre:
- Archive of the museum’s past programs:
Neon Museum in Las Vegas
Tim Burton’s “Lost Vegas” exhibit at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas was set to be up through April. Seeing it in person may no longer be an option, but you can take a virtual visit here:
Nevada Museum of Art in Reno
The state’s only accredited art museum, the Nevada Museum of Art, has put thousands of objects from its permanent collection online:
Check this live webcam to see how the river is flowing at the Truckee River Whitewater Park in downtown Reno:
- Hear the stories behind the artifacts and buildings of Tonopah in this 13-minute video about the town’s Central Nevada Museum here:
- Get a sense of the culture and special events in Tonopah, a former mining boomtown, in this five-minute video:
- Meet the people and learn about the places in this historic mining town through the “Below the Surface” videos created by Visit Virginia City:
- You can also view Virginia City’s live webcam on its main street: