There are many wonderful places located throughout Nevada, some of which I consider to be underrated. Many places don’t receive the same amount of attention others do. The attention that many do receive is mostly from locals, not out-of-towners.
Listed below are 10 places in Nevada that I consider to be underrated even though they may receive a lot of local attention. These places definitely deserve to be checked out.
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. David Wong's Pan Asian - Las Vegas
David Wong's Pan Asian is a casual dining establishment that doesn't disappoint. This amazing restaurant not only serves the best Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisines. They're also served at affordable prices. If you're a fan of Asian cuisine, you simply must check out David Wong's Pan Asian, located at 2980 S Durango Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89117.
2. Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Elko County & White Pine County
Established in 1938, Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located in southwestern Elko County and northwestern White Pine County. It encompasses nearly 40,000 acres of wetlands in the Ruby Valley and serves as a habitat for hundreds of species of native and migratory birds and mammals. The Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge area is BEAUTIFUL and a definite must-see!
3. Retro Bakery - Las Vegas
Located in northwest Las Vegas is Retro Bakery, a delicious cupcake shop that specializes in unique flavors. These flavors include Peanut Butter and Honey, Ice Cream Cake, Chocolate Coconut, etc. If you love cupcakes, you'll love this bakery. It'll definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Retro Bakery is located at 7785 N Durango Dr, #130, Las Vegas, NV 89131.
4. Nevada State Railroad Museum - Carson City
The Nevada State Railroad Museum preserves the railroad heritage of Nevada. What makes this museum extra special is that most of the equipment on display was obtained from Hollywood studios, where they were featured in movies and television shows. This interesting railroad museum offers train rides, handcar rides, lectures, changing exhibits, and so much more. It's the perfect place for train enthusiasts. The Nevada State Railroad Museum is located at 2180 S Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701.
5. Lamoille Canyon - Elko County
Lamoille Canyon, known as the "Grand Canyon" of Nevada, is the largest valley in the Ruby Mountains. It's located in Elko County and is a definite must-see. Many people believe the Lamoille Canyon Scenic Drive is one of the best drives in Nevada. I couldn't agree more. The scenery is absolutely GORGEOUS!
6. Dig This - Las Vegas
At Dig This, you can turn your sandbox days into reality. Dig This lets you operate real heavy-duty equipment and machinery. You'll have the opportunity to operate a bulldozer, excavator or both. You'll also get to dig trenches, build mounds and stack 2,000-pound tires. If you're looking for a unique way to have fun, be sure to check out Dig This, which is located at 3012 S Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89102.
7. Humboldt Museum - Winnemucca
The Humboldt Museum is located in Winnemucca and offers area history through its many artifacts that are on display. A few of these artifacts include a turn-of-the-century parlor, early model horseless carriages, local mammoth bones, and so much more. Whether you have connections to Humboldt County or not, you'll find this museum quite interesting. The Humboldt Museum is located at 175 Museum Ln, Winnemucca, NV 89446.
8. Minden Meat and Deli - Minden
Minden Meat and Deli is family owned and operated and specializes in craft beers, tri-tip sandwiches, burgers, etc. Their burgers, which are made with Creekstone Farms Choice Angus Beef, are some of the best you'll ever sink your teeth into. What makes them even more delicious are the buns. Their brioche buns are delivered daily from Truckee Sourdough. If you're a local, be sure to check this wonderful restaurant out. If you're not, it's well worth the drive. Minden Meat and Deli is located at 1595 Hwy 395 N Minden, NV 89423.
9. Sand Harbor - Incline Village
Sand Harbor is Lake Tahoe's finest beach, and it offers fun activities such as swimming, boating and seasonal open-air entertainment with mountain views. This beach is a great place to relax and the scenery is SPECTACULAR! Not to mention, the water is CRYSTAL CLEAR! What more could you ask for?
10. Mark Twain Museum - Virginia City
Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, spent most of his Virginia City days writing for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper. This historic newspaper building now houses the Mark Twain Museum. A few of the items that are on display include Mark Twain's desk, chair, books and most of the original furnishings and equipment from his pressroom. While working at the Territorial Enterprise, Samuel Clemens began using the pen name Mark Twain. The Mark Twain Museum is located at 53 South C Street, Virginia City, NV 89440.