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Stunningly beautiful, and lonely

We chose US 50 rather that I-80 driving west from Utah, and it was one of the most beautiful roads... read more

Reviewed March 11, 2017
Mike_in_CO
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Lakewood, Colorado
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Beautiful Drive

Great place to be away from everything. The towns along the way are very small, but the people are... read more

Reviewed February 21, 2017
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Reviewed October 12, 2015

My daughter and I just drove this eastbound in October 2015. The highway is two lane and in excellent condition all the way. Kudos to the Nevada highway department. I would call it very lightly used, but not the loneliest road, in Nevada. Out of curiosity, we counted cars going the other way after leaving Fallon, NV, which is where the "loneliest" part begins. In two hundred miles we counted 189 vehicles, including cars, motorcycles and trucks.

It's a great drive, incredibly relaxing. What a pleasure to roll along, mile after mile, and not have traffic hassles!! I loved it. The scenery is excellent, too, especially east of Ely near Great Basin National Park, where the valleys between the mountain ranges get narrower and the lofty mountain ranges tower overhead. Quite impressive.

On a side note, as we continued on into Utah, US 50 seemed to lose whatever traffic it had in Nevada. The stretch east of the Nevada/Utah border was nearly devoid of traffic; on Sunday 10-4-2015 it really was the loneliest road. We saw maybe 5 cars in 60 miles east of the state line.

Bottom line: it's a wonderful drive but do it in a reliable vehicle.

2  Thank Fred_R2
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Reviewed June 2, 2015

What an incredible drive! First of all, unless you're caught behind a truck, there is no way the interstate moves faster. The amazing and beautiful desolation is deafening. While driving along, it is worth your time to pull over, turn the car off, and just listen to the silence. If traveling with kids, be sure to get the Route 50 Passport and have it stamped at the various towns. They really do send a certificate of completion! We got ours at the La Quinta in Ely as we were west bound. Enjoy!

2  Thank Ben P
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Reviewed May 31, 2015

It sure is the loneliest road in America. 100s of miles with no traffic, no habitation, no Services or fuel stations. No mobile signal - in fact, there was no radio signal in parts. Be sure you have a tank full of fuel and water and some bites. We went from Washington DC to San Francisco in 9 days, stopping at every 300-350 miles, lodging in various Motels.
One more advice: the food is mainly McDonald's and KFC and Taco Bells, unless you take detours. And if your journey is already 3300 miles, every detour needs to be thought through unless you have all the time int he world.

6  Thank EnvyNV
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Reviewed May 20, 2015

When one hears the moniker, "The loneliest road in America," the film "Deliverance" might come to mind. But nothing could be further from the reality. This is a spectacular, scenic drive through the best of the basin-and-range topography of Nevada; the flat basins are “the wide open spaces” at their best. Nevada's gambling revenues make possible high-quality highways in remote areas like this, and US 50 is no exception. The speed limit is 70 mph most of the way, but some mountain curves are posted at lower speeds. If you enjoy gazing at the night sky, this is an ideal area, relatively free of lights and haze. What few people you meet are likely to be friendly and laid back.

Some pointers: 1) Austin and Eureka are the only places along the way with restaurants. 2) It might be a good idea to have a long-distance towing plan before you make this trip. The roads are great, but the distances are far. A breakdown could easily occur 60+ miles from assistance. 3) Between towns, don't expect to receive a cell phone signal. If your car isn’t working well, fix it before driving this route. And fill your tank.

6  Thank Bill_K_Utah
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Reviewed April 10, 2015

It's a perfect trip for motorhome. Twice I drove it on my way to the Burningman event instead of taking the highway. Speeding on route 50 is no reaal problem - but there is no need to hurry since it is so nice and calm with several towns - all historical site - to stop at.
Get the Survival Kit at the beginning of the trip (at any tourist infornation) and have it stamped at 5 town - thus recieving a special certificate by mail to your home.

6  Thank izzy62
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