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“One of planet Earth's best drives”

Ranked #235 of 960 things to do in Nevada
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Durham, North Carolina
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175 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“One of planet Earth's best drives”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Hwy 50 IS a lonely route, but it is scenic and beautiful, and fabulous for clearing your head. I endorse it as the best road in which to cross Nevada. I suggest taking food and water and having plenty of petrol, as good stopping places are few. Also, don't be surprised in some desolate sections if fighter jets appear on the horizon and blast at low altitude just overhead, as this is a testing and training area. Having some good CDs or tapes is mandatory, and I listened to U2's "The Joshua Tree" on this route (good soundtrack for this drive).

Visited June 2013
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Plainwell
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“Truly is a long lonely road!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Fill up your tank before you head out! Unbelievable how isolated it is out on highway. Actually very beautiful, good road, lots of high passes to go through. We saw wild horses, burros, antelope and cattle. Don't plan on stopping for a ice cream cone or anything else. Nothing and no one is out there. Still pretty cool though. Glad I travelled it once.

Visited September 2013
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Mount Vernon, Washington
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“Best highway of our 12 day road trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

It's beautiful, it's fast, it's interesting! Lots of historical sites and towns. Best way to travel across Nevada!

Visited September 2013
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Canada
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“Not the Loneliest Highway in America”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We ended up missing our turn to get on to highway 50, and ended up in a little town called Minersville, Utah, so to get back to Highway 50 and onto Baker Nevada, we had to take this little road and it was the loneliest highway, I do believe it was highway 21, did not see one car. But was interesting none the less. One thing a person can say getting lost when riding on a Harley is just an adventure not an inconvenience.
As for Highway 50, total fun, no need to rush it, enjoy the little town in between, but be warned they fold up streets at 6pm. The most interesting part of this highway is that along side of it, is the pony express trail, and it is embeded good, Plus the white sand dunes.
We hit one summit, it was 100F, and then went down to 80, started to rain, and we thought, oh nice break,, then it hailed, wow on the sunburned skin it hurt like hell. But when it was over we pulled over and laughed our heads off, we were soaked, but got back on bike, and dried off in like 5 minutes. We took a 3 week trip from Camrose Alberta Canada, through 8 states, and enjoyed every minute of it. Until we hit home, and it went from 110F- 50F, and rain.. not fun.
The people in the US are so friendly we met some great people, along with the wonderous sites.
This is for the adventurous, but do not let the AMA, or anyone deter you from such an adventure, because it is a great trip. I recommend it to all bikers.

Visited July 2013
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St. George, Utah
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“Great alternative to I-80 and other roads!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

We have crossed Nevada many times and have often used US-50 as one of our preferred routes over I-80 to the north. We love the mostly unspoiled and uncrowded road and lack of significant traffic. It's just a pleasant drive on good road and cuts through some beautiful country and interesting towns. Entering Nevada from Utah just north of Baker, NV stop at Great Basin National Park and Lehman Caves. These two may just be the least visited in the National Park system because they are so remote, which is a shame as they are both spectacular. Just before Ely are the Ward Charcoal Ovens, worth the short side trip. Next is the town of Ely, which has a great mining and railroad history. Suggest going to the Ely Railroad Depot Museum. The highlights here are the live trains, steam and diesel, that only run at certain times, which we didn't hit this last time. We really enjoyed going through the shops with one of the docents. All of the small towns along the way have an interesting history. We also like a brief stop at the Hickison Petroglyth site just before you head up towards Austin. Fallon is a major Navy Air Station and the area is great farming country for Nevada. You eventually head into Carson City on the west. It's just a good, fun, relaxing and enjoyable drive.

Visited November 2012
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