Welcome to the Weirdest, Wildest West

Every state in the nation has its fair share of cool places to visit. But in the contest for weird, wild, and altogether unusual attractions, the Silver State takes the gold every time. From haunted hotels and alien-occupied highways to mysterious museums and offbeat art installations, these ain’t your traditional tourist attractions

If you’re the kind of traveler who likes to get “out there,” check out this lineup of our favorite weird places to see in Nevada—a state that proudly believes that the quirks are always the perks. Next step? Pack the tinfoil hats, embrace your inner oddball, and dive down the rabbit hole with these wack-tacular #WeirdNevada wonders. 


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Whether it’s the newest item on your bucket list or the best wrong turn you ever took, whichever corner of this state you venture to, you’re bound to uncover the kind of unexpected encounters, memorable characters, and only-in-Nevada experiences that make this place so damn special. Get your hands on stunning images, surprising stories, colorful characters, do-before-you-die events, and beyond. And just to sweeten the deal, in addition to sending you our official Nevada Visitors Guide, we’ll throw in our swanky state map, too.

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Come Wander into Weird Nevada

Weird Nevada wonders await all over the Silver State. In Downtown Las Vegas alone, you can museum-hop between displays on the world’s most cursed artifacts, atomic bomb tests, murderous mafiosos, and retired neon signs. Within an hour’s drive, you can feast your eyes on a mom-and-pop coffin shop or the world’s rarest fish, swimming in a pool that belches tidal waves when Japan gets an earthquake.

Further afield, you can road trip to an artistic playground where the canvases are cars sticking out of the ground, a full-on “micronation” with anti-walrus laws and its own space force, or a motel filled with more clown art and figurines than you can shake a red foam nose at. If you’re ready to get off the beaten path—and onto a truly offbeat path—there’s no better place than here in what we proudly call Weird Nevada.


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Happy Memorial Day 🤡
• Do you have Coulrophobia? *Irrational fear of clowns
• I visited the World Famous The Clown Motel. It has been in Tonopah, NV for over 35 years. 🤡
• There are over 600 clowns on the property. Siblings, Leona and LeRoy David built the motel. Their dad was killed in the 1911 Belmont Mine Fire and is buried in the cemetery right next to the motel. 🤡
• #clowns #clown #tonopah #nevada #clownmotel #scary #haunted #cemetery #mining #gold #fire
Seven Magic Tires
Tires, paint and screws 
Made by @ramirogomezjr and I for #SorryForTheMessUNLV at @unlvmuseum.
Modeled after Ugo Rondinone’s “Seven Magic Mountains,” Ramiro and I decided to make our version of the colorful stacked boulders with tires in honor of all the llanteras and mecánicos in East and North Las Vegas. Today I installed #SevenMagicTires on 1000 N Nellis right in front of the East Side’s iconic Sunrise Mountain. If you missed them at UNLV stop by now to check it out and if you’re lucky @antojitos_guayabitos will be there serving up some bomb mariscos! Photos by @mikaylawhitmore!

Lessons from the past 🏔 #mountainstories

The last few weeks have been a time of education, reflection and/or protest for those who’ve wanted to bring a positive change for our society. I love documenting wildlife, nature and space but in the spirit of growth I wanted to share a Nevada trip which led me to this tucked away landmark. It’s a monument created by outsider artist Frank Van Zant which pays tribute to Native Americans and the injustices they’ve faced.

Since 1983 it’s been subject to arson and vandalism - and garners such little attention that that we were the only ones exploring the monument for the time we were there. Yet it still stands - resilient in the face of adversity like the Native Americans it represents.

Another reason I wanted to share this is because while researching the story behind the monument I learned that the artist has since ended his life - a topic of mental health I hold near to me for the friends I’ve lost in the last few years. In a time of uncertainty - take care of yourselves & be open and encourage others to be open as well. Drink water, get rest and exercise your mind and body along with your rights.

It’s also fire season for some of us here in California so be safe out there!

Thunder Mountain Monument
Imlay, Nevada
Canon 6D MKII
© Kevin Dhaliwal 🙋🏽‍♂️
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❤️Someone told me there's a cow in this photo! Where?!🤤
Stay tuned for some live streaming later today! Got a new bike mount for my phone! Can't wait to try it and show you my neighborhood!
Love above all else,
Michael R.
The Bartine Outhouse from early 1900s. The only known 5-hole outhouse in Nevada! 😄
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Words of wisdom and hand-carved whimsy line the mile-long road to reflection known as Guru Road (or Dooby Lane).
Just a couple miles north of Gerlach, this open-air gallery of desert folk art is as eccentric as it is thought-provoking. Our advice? Instead of driving through, park near the road’s entrance and walk the path – you’ll be so glad you did when you get up close and personal with the Desert Broadcasting System, Big Medicine, and tributes to Elvis and Aphrodite. 🙃🗺📺✌🏼 #TravelNevada #WeirdNevada
A truly weird (and wonderful) Nevada experience...essentially,
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A 10-foot-tall taxidermied polar bear, dubbed White King, looms over gamblers at the Commercial Casino, which originally opened in 1869 as the Humboldt Lodging House in downtown Elko, Nev. 
White King, who arrived at the casino in 1958 after being killed by Eskimos in Alaska, makes a momentary appearance in Hunter S. Thompson's 1992 essay
Pinball Hall of Fame (Las Vegas, NV 2019) 👾