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"It's totally empty. There are no attractions and no points of interest. We don't recommend it. We warn all motorists not to drive there unless they're confident of their survival skills." - LIFE magazine, July 1986M

Leave it to Nevada to take this abrocating AAA review and use it as a profitable marketing slogan. US 50 is a highway roller coaster that summits ten mountain passes, beginning and ending its route at elevations over 6,000 feet. This regular, repeating pattern of up-and-down across the entire state never ever gets old!

Challenge Accepted.

US 50 Route

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Total Mileage: 409 miles
  • with detours: 503 miles

Begin: California State Line, South Lake Tahoe, CA.
End: Border Inn, Snake Valley, UT.
Recommended Driving Time: 4-5 days
Counties: Douglas, Carson City, Lyon, Churchill, Lander, Eureka, White Pine
    South Lake Tahoe (CA), Stateline, Kingsbury, Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Crystal Bay, Carson City, Mound House, Dayton, Silver Springs, Fallon, Austin, Eureka, Ely, Baker, Garrison (UT)

Historic Markers on this trip (with detours): 48

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Wheeler Peak Scenic Byway

Detours in Detail

Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park

Total Mileage (One-way): 50.1 miles
• SR 28 from Spooner Lake to Incline Village
• SR 431 from Incline Village to Mt. Rose Summit
• SR 28 from Incline Village to Crystal Bay

Great Basin National Park

Total Mileage (Total trip mileages): 78.4 miles
• SR 487 from US 50 to Baker
• SR 488 from Baker to Lehman Caves Visitor Center
• Wheeler Peak Scenic Byway
• Sidetrips to Lexington Arch, Strawberry Creek, Mt. Moriah Trailheads

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