Nevada is, by all scientific metrics, very weird. Area 51. Seemingly sentient rocks rolling across the playas. Whatever is happening in approximately 78% of all hotel rooms in Vegas right this second. But in this sprawling, mostly desolate state, there is perhaps no more concentrated a dose of pure Nevadan oddity than the stretch of US-95 that winds northwest from Vegas and Tonopah.
I have always been drawn to this peculiar stretch of US-95 (Full disclosure: I have a CD entitled “Come Alive On US-95” in my glove compartment.). The 211-mile route appears to be defined by nothingness, but if you comb through the sagebrush, lonesome clapboard houses, and rusting mine ruins, you’ll find an absolute wealth of quirky, awe-inspiring, and sometimes deeply unsettling roadside curiosities.
You'll discover ghost towns, puzzling art installations, and one of the most WTF motels on the planet. There will be unique characters, local lore, and, yes, aliens. Kinky, kinky aliens. If the phrase “UFO-themed gas station” piques your interest, you're going to want to book a high-speed convertible and hit the road immediately.
MORE: The stretch between LA and Vegas is pretty damn weird too