Travel Nevada on Interstate 80


I-80 and the Ruby Mountains of Nevada


Verdi, Reno, Sparks, Fernley, Lovelock, Pyramid Lake, Tuscarora, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Carlin, Elko, Wells, Wendover
Interstate 80 extends 410 miles from the edge of the great Bonneville Salt Flat at Wendover to the eastern foothills of the Sierra Nevada a few miles west of Verdi. It is a route once cursed for its miserable hardships and now often dismissed as boring. Properly experienced, I-80 is a symphony written in mountains, sagebrush and sky.



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Interstate 80 Nevada Attractions:
Entrance to Lincoln High School, Metropolis Nevada


What’s left of Metropolis is the evocative ruin of a desert dream that failed. It was to be a planned community of 7,500 residents in the center of more than 40,000 acres of intensely cultivated fields. A four-block business district with cement sidewalks and streetlights was built in 1911, containing the grandest three-story hotel between […]

MidTown Reno mural

MidTown Reno

Reno’s MidTown is a newly emerging district extending south from Liberty Street to Mt. Rose Street and bounded east-west by Holcomb Lane  and Plumas Street. This haphazard region of the city is becoming a self-conscious neighborhood of shops, restaurants and nightlife — but with lawyers, tattoo parlors, banks and dry cleaners too. There was an effort to christen this district SoDo, for south of […]

Peppermill Concert Hall, Wendover Nevada

Peppermill Concert Hall

This $21-million 1,000-seat hall is a magnificent showcase for the top-tier entertainers it presents — Lynyrd Skynyrd, 3 Dog Night, even Cheech and Chong among them — and unexpectedly intimate: every seat is within 88 feet of the stage. It’s a long haul to Wendover from just about everywhere except the Wasatch Front, so folks […]

Truckee River Walk, Downtown Reno Nevada

Reno River Walk

The City of Reno has worked hard at creating an inviting environment for the Truckee River coursing through its heart, while at the same time protecting against the floods that have devastated the city in the past, and the result is a great success. Stop for a glass of beer on a sunny afternoon at one of the […]

Rye Patch Recreation Area, Interstate 80, Nevada

Rye Patch State Recreation Area

Open year-round, Rye Patch State Recreation Area is situated on Rye Patch Reservoir, 11,000 acres of water surface when full, and the last stop for the Humboldt River. You can camp here, picnic, swim, even water-ski — so long as you bring your own boat and the other essential gear. Fishermen take white and black bass, catfish and walleye. Trails will […]

Victorian Square, Sparks Nevada

Sparks’ Victorian Square

Victorian Square is what was once just downtown Sparks. The railroad yard with its famously huge roundhouse — the biggest in the USA when it was built — has been replaced by the equally famous Sparks Nugget with its two towers.  The high-rise Sparks Nugget, the bright row of saloons and restaurants across the street […]

Tuscarora Cemetery

Tuscarora Cemetery

Tuscarora’s cemetery provides intriguing glimpses of life in and around Tuscarora since the discovery in 1867. The Curieux, the Packers, the Van Normans, the Pattanis, all in their quiet rows. Guitardo Pattani died young in 1902. He was out with a couple of his cousins rounding up strayed horses, and he climbed a power pole […]

Society Hall, Tuscarora Nevada

Tuscorora Society Hall

Built in 1877 as Tuscarora approached its peak in gold production from its underground mines, this stone structure served the generations as a meeting place for civic and fraternal organizations and for serving liquor over the bar. After the decline set in the middle 1890s, the population dwindled and the organizations they supported slowly disappeared […]


Western Folklife Center

The Western Folklife Center is a regional nonprofit organization based here in Elko, producing programs based on original fieldwork and research among diverse groups of people around the West. We use this information to create exhibits, films, radio programs, recordings and other public presentations. These materials also become a documentary record that is preserved in […]

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