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Old 07-21-2007, 04:30 AM
 
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We are driving round trip with stops from N.C. to Reno, Nevada in the first part of Oct. What is between Las Vegas and Reno? Are there plenty of gas stations, motels and eating places? It looks like about 7 or 8 hours between the cities and it looks pretty barren on the map for towns. If you past Las Vegas and it gets late is there motels to stay in or places to eat?
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Old 07-21-2007, 07:11 AM
 
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90 miles out of Vegas is Beatty-gas and lodging, halfway point is Tonopah-gas and lodging, then there is Hawthorne and Fallon about 2 hours out of Reno-both with gas and lodging. I dread the drive every time I have to do it because it is LONG and BORING. My advice is to do it in one shot and get it over with.
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Old 07-21-2007, 09:06 AM
 
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There is a great candy store in Beatty. A McDonalds in Tonopah and Hawthorne.

Goldfield is worth driving around a few blocks (that is all there is) it was a thriving town 100 years ago.

Tonopah is a good place to get gas and eat, McDonalds or the Station House is about it. Great history if you are into it, stop at the mining museum.

Hawthorne has McD's, you can fuel there. It was once a huge ammunition manufacturing center, the bunkers line the valley for miles. The town is heated by a central furnace.

Fallon is a real town, with food, and a selection of motels.

I like the drive, the long distance views, the mountains, Walker Lake is beautiful.

Plan your trip. Leave Las Vegas in the morning for an all day drive. Although, if you plan to split the trip. There are reasonable motels in Tonopah, and a great Mexican restaurant. Walking around the backstreets west of 95 is very interesting, tiny homes dating from the mining rush.

Hawthorne does not have a whole lot to recommend it. If you get stuck there the El Capitan is ok.
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Old 07-24-2007, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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We are driving round trip with stops from N.C. to Reno, Nevada in the first part of Oct. What is between Las Vegas and Reno? Are there plenty of gas stations, motels and eating places? It looks like about 7 or 8 hours between the cities and it looks pretty barren on the map for towns. If you past Las Vegas and it gets late is there motels to stay in or places to eat?
I don't know if people are telling you what you need to know. It is 440 miles between Las Vegas and Reno. That is at least a nine hour drive; sometimes longer. Most of the locations that you see on the map, such as Lida Junction for instance, are just that...locations. There is nothing there...nothing. Maybe a road junction or something. You might even find a house with a little red light, but no facilities at all. It is 116 miles between Las Vegas and Beatty which is about the closest place you'll come to stop for food and gas. You could get gas in Indian Springs, approx. 45 miles from Vegas, but you really shouldn't pass Las Vegas without filling up. Be sure you gas up whenever you have the chance because in Nevada it is nothing to go 100 miles between gas stations. At 210 miles you'll come to Tonopah. It's almost halfway. There are a few motels, gas, and food there. If you are hungry, eat there. There are no other facilities for over 100 miles. 103 miles later is Hawthorne about halfway between Tonopah and Reno. It's very small town but there is the ubiquitous casino, motels, and food. By the time you get to Fernley you're almost there so you'll see more gas stations. But if you've never driven in the west, when we say it's wide open spaces, we mean WIDE open spaces. Be prepared. Carry drinking water and radiator water, plus food, and in October...carry warm clothes and blankets just in case. I've seen it snow on the 4th of July in Reno.

Now, why would you by-pass Las Vegas? If you've never seen it you would really be missing out on a great opportunity and enjoyable experience. You should plan to at least stay the night here and at the very least drive down the Strip before you head out across the desert to Reno. Reno is a nice medium sized town but it ain't Vegas, baby.
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Old 07-24-2007, 10:27 PM
 
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You might even find a house with a little red light, but no facilities at all.
Ah heck.....I can't help but post....What do you mean by no facilities? You could probably get a "lube and oil" at those places.

Pleeeeeease forgive me.

Now that we're over with that one. Click right here to go to a blog named "Around Carson." Scroll down to the "Friday, July 20,2007" entry. It's Part 1 of an entry with 28 pictures taken on the highways between Holbrook Junction (near Topaz Lake) and Las Vegas. It shows some of the sights, abandoned mine towns, and other places along the way with short descriptions on some of the pictures. It even has a couple pictures of the previously mentioned red light "service stations."

The entry doesn't show any of the drive north of Holbrook Junction up to Reno. That drive goes through Gardnerville, Minden, Carson City, and Washoe Valley. The sights and climate changes from the stuff identified in the blog pictures, but it only amounts to perhaps that last 50-60 miles before you hit Reno. Much of the way it's wetter, has trees, or is complete with green fields and herds of cattle.

I hope that helps.

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Old 07-24-2007, 11:38 PM
 
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I thought I'd add some pictures you might or will see as you drive through Douglas County (Gardnerville/Minden). It's north on US395 after you hit Holbrook Junction and is on the drive between Las Vegas and Reno, depending on the route you take. Here they are:

http://www.rvhighway.com/images/webcow.jpg (broken link)

http://www.rvhighway.com/images/webfield.jpg (broken link)

http://www.rvhighway.com/images/webpark.jpg (broken link)

http://www.rvhighway.com/images/webpond.jpg (broken link)

BTW, notice that there are no houses with red lights. They're not allowed in this county.
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:54 PM
 
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Oh, and here's a traffic jam you might run into when you pass through Minden:

http://www.rvhighway.com/images/webhorse1.jpg (broken link)

http://www.rvhighway.com/images/webhorse2.jpg (broken link)

. . . and here's another link for you to lodging/restaurants in the Carson Valley. Click Here to get the info you need for visiting and staying in this area.

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Old 07-25-2007, 10:43 AM
 
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PS...just make sure the place in garth's first pic doesn't have one of those red lights out front that Buzz was taking about!

Nice pics, garth.

I've actually made the LV-Reno ride myself...whild things can get a little boring on the LV side...they become much more scenic (and greener) as you travel north.

I like Reno...it's got character.
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Old 07-25-2007, 02:27 PM
 
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Getting to Minden Gardnerville on the way to Reno is a bit of a stretch. We do it on some trips...but we come through Yerrington where we have good friends. Even then it is way out the way...though it is a gorgeous ride. There is also an old Basque Inn before you get to Gardnerville that is absolutely out of another era.

If I had need to live in that part of the state that is where I would end up.
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Old 07-28-2007, 11:25 AM
 
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But if you've never driven in the west, when we say it's wide open spaces, we mean WIDE open spaces. Be prepared. Carry drinking water and radiator water, plus food, and in October...carry warm clothes and blankets just in case. I've seen it snow on the 4th of July in Reno.
Buzz has all of it dead on. That WIDE open spaces thing-- think miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles.

Having said that, do stop at the candy store in Beatty and stock up. You won't come across anything like it anywhere else, and they even carry sugarless chocolate. Yummm!!!

Just a few miles outside Beatty, if you wanted to take the time, is the ghost town of Rhyolite where the famous "bottle house" is located. You've probably seen pictures of this town in more than one movie, especially of the remains of the old bank. Worth a visit if you have the time, but seriously HOT this time of year.

Here's a couple pics of the bank, and you can see what is meant by wide open spaces, and why you should carry extra water...



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