The Loneliest Road in America
Driving across Nevada U.S. Highway 50, the Loneliest Road in America, had been on our bucket list for a long time. We stopped every few miles to take in the sights and sounds. The sights along this incredibly beautiful road are well documented but we were mesmerized by the sound.
Standing in the middle of this historic US highway the only sound you hear is the desert breeze. When the breeze dies down, there is silence. No people. No cars or trucks. No city noise. No industrial noise of any kind. Nothing. Total silence.
The Loneliest Road roughly parallels the Pony Express Trail, which goes from Silver Springs through Fallon and along the towns across Highway 50. Remnants of Pony Express Stations are visible in several locations along the Loneliest Road.
Stretching the width of Nevada, the Loneliest Road is a fascinating scenic and historic corridor through a land seemingly untouched by man.
With endless miles of pavement running toward distant mountains and desolate desert valleys, it’s no wonder this route is a popular bucket-list item. It is the definition of picturesque.
Word of caution if you're considering this drive — a breakdown on any part of this isolated stretch would definitely be more than an inconvenience. Service stations are few and far between. Cell-service is limited to non-existent between a handful of small towns. Pack lots of water and extra supplies. Plan accordingly.
Driving across Nevada on the Loneliest Road in America is one of the most beautiful and exhilarating drives in the U.S.A. It is also a very peaceful drive.