Reno Nevada and the "loneliest road"

Motorcycles at Lookout Point on Geiger Grade Rd south of Reno, Nevada. Google Maps photo.
Motorcycles at Lookout Point on Geiger Grade Rd south of Reno, Nevada. Google Maps photo.

 

Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe are not thought of as motorcycle ride destinations, but get away from the crowds and discover what's nearby.  Just north of Carson City, Washoe Lake State Park has many campsites and activities. There's a great view from Lookout Point on Hwy 341. Continue south to Virginia City for a helping of gold rush history at The Way It Was Museum

 

Virginia City, Nevada photo from http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/about-virginia-city.html
Virginia City, Nevada photo from http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/about-virginia-city.html

 

 

"At its peak, Virginia City was a thriving, vibrant metropolis of 25,000 citizens. Silver and gold was buried deep beneath her streets and men and women traveled from around the world to live and work. Miners pulled millions of dollars from shafts and tunnels 3,000 feet beneath the city. The spirits of those Comstock "originals" still inhabit the places where they once worked, lived, worshiped, were educated, and died."  http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/about-virginia-city.html 

 

South of Reno, Nevada there's a great view and tons of local history.  Camp in Washoe Lake State Park and then head east on US Hwy 50, nicknamed the "loneliest road" in the U.S.  Click the map for more.
South of Reno, Nevada there's a great view and tons of local history. Camp in Washoe Lake State Park and then head east on US Hwy 50, nicknamed the "loneliest road" in the U.S. Click the map for more.

If you feel like some alone time, US Highway 50 will take you all the way to Utah and beyond. From Washoe Lake State Park, Fallon is 68 miles and Eureka is another 180. Both have food, fuel, and lodging. The Utah border is still 141 miles east of Eureka. You may want to fuel up in Ely on the way.

Snow-capped Prospect Peak (elev 9573 ft) seen from US 50 near Eureka, Nevada. Google Maps photo.
Snow-capped Prospect Peak (elev 9573 ft) seen from US 50 near Eureka, Nevada. Google Maps photo.

 

Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City

 

July 2018 - "The carriages, cars and locomotives here are in a wonderful state of restoration- close to works of art if you enjoy steam trains. We arrived in the heat of the afternoon, so all of the rolling stock was under cover, but three of the locos were still hot from rolling out under their own power earlier in the day. While I soaked in the machinery,my wife had a good time in the nearby Artisan shop, which she said was stocked with really good stuff. Oh, the admission price to the museum was $6, a real bargain." https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g45926-d104067-Reviews-Nevada_State_Railroad_Museum-Carson_City_Nevada.html

 

Steam engine at Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, Nevada.  TripAdvisor photo.
Steam engine at Nevada State Railroad Museum in Carson City, Nevada. TripAdvisor photo.