Press Story Ideas: Nevada Road Trips
It’s time for cowboys and counterculture. Wildlife and wilder tales. Open roads and open hearts. Sure, Nevada teems with destinations you can only dream of. But it’s the journey you take to get there where your new favorite stories come to life. In fact, here in the Road Trip Capital of the USA, with our breathtaking scenic byways and endless dirt-road horizons, “taking the road less traveled” isn’t just an idea… it’s practically a guarantee.
Loneliest Road in America
Drive the Loneliest Road in America, the stretch of U.S. Route 50 that traverses central Nevada, and we guarantee you’ll find more than peace and quiet.
Neon to Nature
Las Vegas reels in visitors with its glitz and glam, endless entertainment, and bustling casinos. But just an hour or two from the Strip, some of Nevada’s most alluring scenery, famous landmarks, and exciting attractions beg to be explored. With day trips in every direction, there’s plenty to satisfy your adventurous side without having to travel too far from the entertainment capital of the world.
Free-Range Art Highway
Nevada is full of talented traditional artists, with a long list of galleries and museums to show for it. But for some reason, on Highway 95 in Nevada between Las Vegas and Reno, there’s a lot of stuff that’s just plain “far out” — in more ways than one — which is exactly why we dig it.
In the belly of Nevada, surrounded by miles of undeveloped desert, lies a mystery that involves the alleged home of recovered alien spacecraft, extraterrestrial technology, and maybe even a few little green men on the federal payroll.
- The ET Highway Sign
- E.T. Fresh Jerky
- Alien Research Center
- The Little A’Le’Inn
Great Basin Highway
From sandstone canyons to alpine lakes and plenty of history along the way, the Great Basin Highway — which closely follows Nevada’s U.S. 93 — will take you through several Nevada state parks and a few intriguing communities before you end up at Great Basin National Park, home of 13,064-foot Wheeler Peak and the Lehman Caves system.
- Best visibility of the Milky Way in continental US
- 5,000-year-old bristlecone pines
- 8 Nevada State Parks
Lake Tahoe Loop
Come scale the tallest outdoor rock climbing wall in the world, paddleboard on one of the clearest (and coldest!) bodies of water in North America, knock one back at the oldest saloon in Nevada, and walk the original wooden boardwalks in Virginia City where famed writer Mark Twain got his start (and his pen name).
- Lake Tahoe’s #NevadaSide
- Historic Virginia City
- Nevada’s Oldest “Thirst Parlor”
- State Capitol and Museums
- Idyllic Carson Valley
- The Biggest Little City in the World
Next time you’re cruising Reno to West Wendover on Nevada’s Interstate 80, the speed limit may hit 80 mph. But when you hit a town, slow down. Because just down that offramp you’ll discover lively, welcoming communities inviting you to explore Nevada’s history and plenty of exciting present-day attractions at the same time.
Death Valley Rally
This route constantly travels from one extreme to another, including from Pahrump’s elegant vineyards to the natural splendor of Desert National Wildlife Refuge, and from the lowest point on the continent to the montane wilderness of nearly 12,000-foot (3,660 m) Mount Charleston—one of Nevada’s tallest peaks.
Adorned with alpine peaks, lakes and flowing streams, tree-studded canyons and horizon-chasing, high-desert valleys, Elko County is vast and varied. Recreational opportunities abound, like hiking, cycling, fishing, and photography, along with skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in winter, Nevada’s majestic northeastern corner has much to explore.
The spirit of Burning Man can be found year-round in northern Nevada. Trace the route Burners take every August on their annual pilgrimage “home” to Burning Man from Reno, out to the Black Rock Desert and beyond.