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The Loneliest Road in America Comes of Age
It was 30 years ago, in July 1986, that Life magazine used the term “The Loneliest Road in America” to describe the stretch of U.S. Route 50—more commonly known as Highway 50—from Fernley to Ely across central Nevada. AAA even advised against traveling the highway, claiming there was nothing to see. For those who were crazy enough to travel that lonely road anyway, they were advised to carry survival gear such as water and cold-weather clothes.
Suds, booze, brew, hooch, firewater…the list goes on. Many Nevadans love their alcoholic beverages. And though the days of running illegal moonshine across the Colorado River to buyers in Arizona are long gone (we think), there are other ways the Silver State imbibes. Breweries and distilleries have become an important part of the culture in many towns across the state—both rural and urban—each with its own atmosphere and flavors. Buy your booze from an in-state manufacturer, and decide for yourself which one best satiates your thirst.
On Sept. 30, 1935, Hoover Dam was officially dedicated. For eight decades, this bastion of American ingenuity has stood sentinel over the Colorado River, keeping its waters consistent, calm, and constructive. Its story has been told time and again; its facts revealed, its impact explained, and its legend recounted. But we can never get enough, as evidenced by the approximately 1 million people who tour the dam each year. There are many moving parts to the story of Hoover Dam; here are but a few.
The Ride Stuff
Mountain biking was once the domain of young thrill seekers; today, everyone has a fat-tire bike. From retirees to teens, the desire to get off the asphalt and see more of the land has spurred the creation of myriad trails and an impressive stewardship toward our public lands. According to the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), eight western states—including Nevada—receive $6.2 billion in economic benefits from cycling annually.
There is a Cure for the Summertime Blues
Summer vacation. Are there two words that bring more joy to a child, or more fear to a parent? Planning a trip to satisfy your brood can be downright daunting, but we’re here to help. We’ve chosen three destinations across the state, and we’ve chosen great things to do and see in each area. From food to activities, shopping to adventure, we’ve got you covered. Just pick your destination, pack up the family, and hit the road.
Then and Now: Through the Lens
Take a second to look out the closest window to you. What do you see? Swaying trees? A busy street? A sagebrush scene? There’s a chance that whatever you’re seeing out that window looks much different than it did 80, 100, or even 150 years ago. But, like many meticulously preserved aspects of the Silver State, there’s a chance it may not look too different. Just take a look at the photo of the 1897 Nevada Legislature and staff on the steps of the Nevada State Capitol above; more than 100 years and not much—other than the people—has changed.
Front and Center
A hearty dose of Central Nevada is good for the soul. For our latest adventure, Associate Editor Eric Cachinero and I chose another ambitious trip. Last September, we wrote about our trip to Nevada’s remote northwest corner, so this time we decide to venture inward and drive 1,200 miles around the state’s south central portion, with the optimistically named Extraterrestrial Highway as our center point.
Whitney Peak Hotel
Smoke-filled casino floors; been there. The familiar chiming of slot machines; done that. Downtown Reno is ready for new life. The Biggest Little City needs a breath of fresh air, and Whitney Peak Hotel is answering that call. As Reno’s only luxury, boutique, non-smoking, non-gaming hotel, Whitney Peak caters to those with active lifestyles searching for exceptional food, fun, and fervor.
One of the most magnificent features of Nevada is our great outdoors. Whether you’re reeling in a rainbow trout as the sun fades behind the majestic Lamoille Canyon walls or conquering the frost-tipped Arc Dome peak, Nevada is brimming with wilderness that is waiting to be explored.
Icons of Nevada
From the bighorn sheep to downtown Reno’s famous “The Biggest Little City in the World” signs, these symbols have become synonymous with the Silver State.
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From Dust to Doré
The thunderous crack of massive colliding stones fills my ears as I stand on the observation platform of Coeur Rochester, Inc.’s rock crusher. Awestruck by the colossal machinery surrounding me, I am overcome by the illusion that the advancing conveyor belt wielding a blend of loose soil and half-ton boulders is ready to crush me where I stand.
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