Welcome to the ultimate guide for a week-long road trip through Nevada! This adventure combines the breathtaking beauty of nature with the vibrant energy of Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps. Get ready to explore unique stops at Las Vegas, Mesquite, Cathedral Gorge, Ely, Tonopah, and the Goldfield Car Cemetery. Whether you’re seeking outdoor thrills or a taste of old-school charm, this itinerary has got you covered.

Day 1: Las Vegas – The City That Never Sleeps

Your road trip begins in the lively city of Las Vegas. As you drive into the city, the iconic skyline of the Strip will come into view. Prepare to be dazzled by the bright lights, extravagant hotels, and world-class entertainment options that this city is famous for. Check into one of the many luxury resorts and take some time to explore the Strip. Test your luck at the casinos, catch a show by world-renowned performers, and indulge in gourmet dining experiences. Las Vegas truly offers something for everyone.

Day 2: Mesquite – Fun Resort Retreat

On day two, head east from Las Vegas to Mesquite, a resort town known for its relaxing atmosphere and stunning golf courses. After a quick hike at Valley of Fire State Park, we spend the night at the Casablanca Hotel and Casino. A popular resort that offers an array of amenities for a fun-filled stay. While there may not be an abundance of activities in Mesquite itself, take advantage of the resort’s facilities. Relax by the pool, enjoy a round of golf, or pamper yourself with a spa treatment. If you’re feeling adventurous, venture out to explore nearby natural wonders such as Cathedral Gorge State Park.

Day 3: Cathedral Gorge State Park and Kershaw Ryan State park – Nevada’s Nature

Prepare for a unique experience as you visit Cathedral Gorge State Park, located just a short drive from Mesquite. Although it may seem like you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’ll soon be amazed by the stunning natural formations that await you. The park is known for its intricate and dramatic canyons, which have been sculpted over thousands of years. It feels like walking on the moon sometimes. Take a leisurely hike through the park and marvel at the beauty of the towering cliffs.

Combine it with the enchanting beauty of Kershaw-Ryan State Park, just a stone’s throw away from Cathedral Gorge. This hidden gem boasts breathtaking views of nature’s wonders and is adorned with vibrant, blooming plants that paint a picturesque landscape. With its easily accessible trails, it offers the perfect opportunity for travelers to embark on leisurely hikes and immerse themselves in the tranquility of the surrounding wilderness. Escape the crowded tourist spots and embrace the serene ambiance of Kershaw-Ryan State Park. And watch out for snakes and spiders. (This was the advice given to us while hiking)

Also, Remember that food options are limited in this area, so it’s best to plan ahead or stop at a gas station within an hour’s radius.

Day 4: Ely – Step Back in Time

On day four, drive north to the charming town of Ely. This old-school mining town is steeped in history and offers a unique glimpse into Nevada’s past. Check into the historic Hotel Nevada and Gambling Hall, which has welcomed guests since 1929. Immerse yourself in the town’s rich heritage by exploring local attractions such as Stephen King’s suite, where the famous author wrote parts of his novel “The Shining.”

On to Ely, we opted for a fantastic hike at Great Basin National Park. I have never been amazed by the beauty, greenery, and wildlife. We were surprised by a horde of deer passing a few meters away.

Day 5: Tonopah – Quirky Charm and Silver History

Continue your journey north to the quirky town of Tonopah, a former silver mining hub. Tonopah is home to the infamous Clown Motel, which has gained a cult following among travelers. Spend the night at this unique motel if you’re into creepy stays. To experience a piece of travel advice that has become an iconic part of Nevada’s history, go for the Tonopah Station hotel and Casino. We did and liked the authenticity.

For a unique twist to your stop at this small town, visit the cemetery next to the clown motel, which offers an intriguing glimpse into the town’s silver mining past. The cemetery is the final resting place for many miners and is surrounded by mystery because of the many sudden deaths in 1902.

Day 6: Goldfield Car Cemetery – A Must-See Artwork

Before heading back to Las Vegas, stop at the Goldfield Car Cemetery, located near Goldfield. This fascinating art installation unconventionally showcases vintage cars, creating a unique and captivating sight. Wander through the rows of weathered vehicles and marvel at the creativity that went into this unusual display. Although not worth a detour, this quirky attraction is worth a stopover.

Goldfield Car Cemetery - Nevada

Nevada next level

Congratulations on completing your incredible week-long road trip through Nevada! You know, realize there’s more to this desert state than Las Vegas.

From the dazzling lights of Las Vegas to hidden natural gems and charming towns, you’ve experienced the best of what this diverse state has to offer. Take home beautiful memories and share your adventures with others. Nevada truly is a destination that combines the excitement of the city with the serenity of nature. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant streets of Las Vegas or admiring the natural wonders of Cathedral Gorge and the Goldfield Car Cemetery, this road trip will leave you with a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of Nevada. Safe travels!

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