Northern Nevada Highlights – Video Post

When most people think of Nevada their mind instantly goes to Las Vegas, but there’s a lot more to Nevada than just Vegas. Nevada is actually the 7th largest state in the country, so literally there’s a lot more than Vegas. Outside the main tourist areas, Nevada is very rural with lots of wide open spaces. We recently got a chance to explore the less visited parts of the state on a road trip that took us to Northern Nevada.

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This part of the state is so less visited that the major road that runs through it has been dubbed “The Loneliest Road in America”. Back in the day, Life Magazine gave the stretch of road this dubious title.

This part of the state is the complete opposite of Vegas actually. In Vegas, you’d be hard-pressed to find a place in the city where you don’t see another person. On Nevada’s HWY 50, you could easily go an hour and maybe see a handful of other cars. You also trade in the over the top buildings for small towns with populations in the hundreds.

To some, it might seem too quiet, to small, not enough action, but maybe those people aren’t looking hard enough. The highlights in northern Nevada aren’t going to slap you in the face like walking down the Vegas strip. The beauty here is in the details and in the stories of the past. There is plenty of natural beauty for those that want to find it.

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ATVs climb the steep Sand Mountain – Shot from a drone

One of the biggest highlights, figuratively and literally on this road trip was Sand Mountain outside of Fallon. In this area, the desert is super flat for miles and miles, and then all of a sudden this 600-foot pile of sand just shows up. This recreation area is popular with off-road enthusiasts and dirt bikes and ATVs carve up and down this massive pile of sand.

There is so much to see just a short trip off the road you could easily fill a long HWY 50 road trip itinerary. There’s just a ton of cool stuff to see and do in this part of Nevada. Some of the best things we saw and did were the random and interesting things we saw along the way. Like any good road trip, the stuff that you quick slam on the breaks for always ends up being the best parts of the trip.

One of those moments on our northern Nevada road trip was when we saw a train barreling down this section of straight tracks alongside the road. We had our driver punch it and get far enough ahead of the train that we could get our drones quickly thrown together and shoot the train chugging down the tracks. After the train was gone we had improv photo shoots on the old wooden tracks. The scenery in northern Nevada is just hard to find anywhere else in the country.

We had a great group of other travelers with us as we explored the wide open road in northern Nevada. Just road trip company is another important element to a good trip. Thanks to Travel Nevada for showing us Northern Nevada and the Loneliest Road in America!

We explored HWY 50 and northern Nevada with:


A FEW RESOURCES TO PLAN YOUR TRIP DOWN HWY 50 IN NEVADA:

The Loneliest Road in America HWY 50 road trip itinerary - Featured Images   The Loneliest road in America Video Thumb - Featured Images

8 amazingly random road trip stops along hwy 50 nevada - Featured Images  7 Photographic gems on hwy 50 nevada - girl walking down a long road

Thanks to Travel Nevada for inviting us on such an epic road trip! Like always all opinions are our own.

The Loneliest Road in America – Video Post

30 years ago this month Life Magazine declared HWY 50 in Northern Nevada as “The Loneliest Road in America”.  The July 2016 edition of the popular magazine held a three-page article on how the road from Salt Lake City to Sacramento was the most desolate and lonely in all of the country’s highway system. The write up even contained an interview with an AAA travel consultant warning the author of the article not to venture down this road without proper “survival skills”.

In true northern Nevadan fashion, they took this article and twisted into something quirky and positive. They had tee shirts made up with the slogan “I survived the Loneliest Road in America” to poke fun at the claim that you need survival skills to pass this stretch of road. An entire tourism campaign was built and ended up being rather successful poking fun at the article and the title of “The Loneliest Road in America”.

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To celebrate the history of this prestigious title of loneliness, Travel Nevada invited a group of journalists and bloggers to come explore this very same stretch of road 30 years later. We were one of those said bloggers. So, what did we find?

Well, it’s still pretty lonely out there. 30 years hasn’t changed a whole lot. There were times we lost track of when the last time we saw another car on the road, but it had to have been nearly an hour. Just us, and two lanes of asphalt flanked on either side by seemingly never-ending seas of short green sage brush. Behind the sage brush, far in the distance, was a line of jagged snow-capped mountains.

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After just a day on the road, I could easily see how HWY 50 earned its title. It can get lonely out there. If you drive this road with your blinders on just getting from Point A to Point B, I could see how you’d say it was lonely, but you are actually going to miss a lot of interesting stuff.

We put together this video of HWY 50 and all of its lonely glory to document our road trip in northern Nevada. There’s actually a lot of cool stuff out there and it’s a place that doesn’t exist in too many other places in the country. If you find yourself anywhere around HWY 50 on a road trip I highly encourage you to point your car down the Loneliest road in America and see what you find.


A few resources to plan your trip down HWY 50 in Nevada:

The Loneliest Road in America HWY 50 road trip itinerary - Featured Images   7 Photographic gems on hwy 50 nevada - girl walking down a long road

8 amazingly random road trip stops along hwy 50 nevada - Featured Images

Thanks to Travel Nevada for inviting us on such an epic road trip! Like always all opinions are our own.