Nevada December 13, 2018
8 Destinations Way Up North In Nevada That Are So Worth The Drive
When it comes to highly-praised tourist attractions, the southern region of our state gets most of the attention. However, there is just as much to explore in the northern section. These destinations prove it! There are way more places to check out in Northern Nevada than listed here, but this is a pretty good start. Explore a side of the Silver State that a lot of people aren’t even aware exists. Check out this list and start planning a road trip ASAP.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Black Rock Desert
Located in the far northwest region of the state, the Black Rock Desert boasts vast swaths of barren, yet strangely beautiful, land. The flat ground extends for over 400-square-miles and it's hard to believe this area of the state was once covered in a huge area of water known as Lake Lahontan. The Black Rock Desert, home to the famous annual Burning Man event, is a must-see for any adventurous spirit.
Nevada is loaded with cool ghost towns, but one of the most unique by far is Unionville. This wonderfully historic community is home to just 20 or so people today, technically making it a
living ghost town. However, the remote location and the abundance of historic structures makes this little hamlet feel far removed from the rest of the world.
3. Sheldon National Antelope Refuge
Boasting more than half a million acres of pristine high desert habitat, this wildlife refuge feels like a vast oasis. The region is primarily home to large wintering herds of pronghorn antelope. However, all different kinds of wildlife thrive here. This place is an excellent example of Northern Nevada's "untouched" aspect, and every nature lover should see it.
4. Lamoille Canyon
Located within the stunning Ruby Mountains, Lamoille Canyon is a wild and scenic recreation area that never disappoints. Drive through it via the 12-mile Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway for a short but memorable adventure, or spend an entire weekend exploring the peaks, trails, and alpine lakes that this blissful region has to offer. This is an adventure destination that must be seen to be believed.
5. California Trail Interpretive Center
Nevada was born out of a sense of adventure. If the early pioneers hadn't headed out on a 2,000-mile trek for gold or land, our state simply wouldn't be the place it is today. Learn about the pioneers' incredible journey at the California Trail Interpretive Center where you can hike trails, walk through a wagon encampment, and even see a Shoshone village. This place tells the story of Nevada.
6. Winnemucca Sand Dunes
The Silver State is full of diverse landscapes, from high desert to thick forests. However, the Winnemucca Sand Dunes may just be one of the most unique landscapes our state has to offer. Considered the largest sand dune field in the state, these dunes are just begging for a visit. Although most of these dunes aren't any higher than 100-feet, the sheer amount of them is bound to blow you away.
Nestled on the side of Interstate 80 is the quirky and close-knit community of Lovelock. Although the town is named after a man, George Lovelock, the town has really taken its name to heart. Basically, this little town loves love! Check out Lover's Lock Plaza, the historic depot, the beloved Cowpoke Cafe, and the epic Lovelock Cave for a day full of small-town charm and adventure.
8. Western Folklife Center
Hiding out in the town of Elko, the Western Folklife Center is the perfect place to stop in "Cowboy Country". Located within the historic Pioneer Hotel, the center is dedicated to preserving the rich culture and lively spirit of the American West. It's host to the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and a myriad of year-round entertainment, activities, concerts, readings, and more.
How many of these Northern Nevada destinations have you been to? It’s hard to believe more people don’t know about these places! The upper and lower portions of our state truly couldn’t be more different. Just check out these
8 Undeniable Differences Between The Northern And Southern Parts Of Nevada.