Take a trip on Nevada’s Free-Range Art Highway

Even in a state packed with art, US-95 between Las Vegas and Reno stands out with stuff that’s just plain “far out” in more ways than one.

From neighborhoods coated in colorful murals and galleries filled with all manner of media, to kinetic public sculptures our kids (OK, and plenty of us adults) can’t wait to climb on and massive oddball objects rising from the desert floor… Take this road trip and you’ll discover eye-catching, camera-hogging art adding an exciting layer of flavor to urban districts, small towns, and wide-open spaces alike.

So if an abstract adventure is what your “palate” craves, then hop on US-95 and come get face-to-face with some of the most unique, unrestrained—or as we like to say, “free-range” art—you may ever encounter. All you need is to know where to look.

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Run The Rails in Ely, Nevada

Railroads are an iconic part the early west. As copper mining grew in White Pine County so did the importance of the trains. The Nevada Northern Railway was started in 1905 to complete a rail link from the transcontinental railroad to open up one of the largest copper discoveries on the continent. Now the most well preserved trainyard in the west, The Nevada Northern Railway National Historic Landmark is a place where time stopped. When you visit, you can immerse yourself in railroad history as you tour the train yard, ride the train, sleep in a caboose, or even drive the train with the “Be The Engineer Program”. Located in Ely, Nevada, this historic mountain town offers year-round charm, major events, unique arts and history, and the best outdoor recreation in the state. Get more of the story by making a trip to the White Pine Public Museum and McGill Drug Store. Make sure to budget time to visit nearby Great Basin National Park and Lehman Caves, Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park, and Cave Lake State Park. When your day of exploration is complete, downtown Ely is host to many restaurants, art galleries, murals, and retail stores.

May 10, 2019 – Join us at Nevada Northern Railway for the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the driving of the golden and silver spikes connecting the Transcontinental Railroad. There will be special train rides, a story telling festival, music by the Bar D Band, and other events going on all day. While you are here, make sure to explore more of White Pine County.To get more information www.ElyNevada.net

Nevada Silver Trails

For a real look at the Old West come to experience the Pioche & Caliente area. Discover Pioche, once the roughest and toughest mining town in the West. Explore Caliente, just 25 miles to the south, was once a major railroad hub for the Old West mining community. Take a Nevada Silver Trails road trip to enjoy the many activities and sights in the area; historic attractions, abundant natural wonders, outdoor recreation, shopping and more.

West Wendover, Nevada. Your American Road Destination Awaits!

Discover the allure of West Wendover, Nevada! You’ll find an exciting combination of towering first-class resorts, fast-paced casino action, superstar entertainment and an abundance of recreational opportunities. This quaint resort community sits on the Nevada/Utah border approximately 120 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah on I-80, just a 90-minute drive away! “Watch the video”

Pony Express Territory in Nevada

Nevada’s Highway 50: Where Epic Road Trips Are Born. Highway 50 in Nevada stretches across Pony Express Territory, known for its majestic scenery and colorful, historic communities. The route was once the old Pony Express Trail, and then in 1913 it became the Lincoln Highway. By 1986 this section of Highway 50 was dubbed “America’s Loneliest Road” and has been a favorite trek for generations of intrepid travelers. Isn’t it time to plan your trip?