Nevada February 13, 2019
Take A Drive Down One Of Nevada’s Oldest Roads For A Picture Perfect Day
If you’ve lived in Nevada for any amount of time, chances are you’ve heard of U.S. Route 50—aka The Loneliest Road In America. Traversing the entirety of the state, it’s one of Nevada’s most famous highways. But did you know that it’s also the oldest road in the Silver State? It turns out that there is a ton of fascinating history behind the creation of this highway, and the breathtaking views certainly don’t hurt! For a picture perfect adventure, look no further than this epic highway and all that it has to offer.
Making its way through the heart of Nevada, U.S. Route 50 is a transcontinental highway that stretches all the way from Sacramento, California to Ocean City, Maryland. The stretch that goes through Nevada has famously been dubbed "The Loneliest Road in America", and it's by far one of the most breathtaking adventures our state has to offer.
This iconic stretch of highway may seem endlessly remote in some areas, but you'll find that there's actually a LOT to experience along Route 50. Starting off with Lake Tahoe's stunning resort communities, you'll then encounter a plethora of mountain ranges, ghost towns, historic sites, state parks, small towns, and so much more.
U.S. 50 was first constructed in 1926, but its history in Nevada goes back way more than that. The route was mostly built along the route of the Lincoln Highway—America's first transcontinental highway—which was built in 1913. Before that, the very same route was used by the Pony Express starting in 1860.
This means that driving along U.S. 50 is like driving through Nevada's history. In fact, many of the towns situated off of the highway originally served as Pony Express stations. For instance, the super remote Middlegate Station is still home to a roadhouse to this very day. Stop here for a burger and take a look at the famous Shoe Tree!
Another place that was founded by Pony Express riders is the small town of Austin. Today it's considered a "living ghost town" and it's a little-known haven for travelers. Take in the uniquely small-town atmosphere and be sure to stop by Stokes Castle, an abandoned monument perched above the town.
In particular, U.S. 50 is a must-do adventure for history buffs. There is an abundance of historical sites located just off the highway including a myriad of ghost towns and wonderfully preserved destinations like Fort Churchill State Historic Park.
If you're traveling west to east, your adventure will terminate at Great Basin National Park. Nevada's one and only national park is the perfect place to either start or end your journey on the Loneliest Road in America. It is here that the highway will then enter Utah just northeast of Baker.
The great thing about U.S. Route 50 is the fact that there's truly something for everyone on this historic route. Adventure, breathtaking scenery, small-town charm, natural attractions, and so much more await. See for yourself and hit up Nevada's oldest road soon!
When’s the last time you traversed the oldest road in Nevada? C’mon, adventure is calling! Looking for more roads to explore? Check out our list of
10 Scenic Drives To Take In Nevada.