Fans of Western history won't want to miss little Lincoln. Twelve miles east of Capitan along the Billy the Kid National Scenic Byway, this is where the gun battle that turned Billy the Kid into a legend took place. It's hard to believe that in Billy the Kid's era Lincoln was home to a bustling population of nearly 900.
Virginia City, about 23 miles south of Reno, was the site of the legendary Comstock Lode, a massive silver bonanza that began in 1859 and stands as one of the world’s richest strikes. Some of the silver barons went on to become major players in California history, among them Leland Stanford of university fame and Bank of California founder William Ralston.
From Mexican Hat, Hwy 163 winds southwest and enters the Navajo Reservation and – after 22 miles – Monument Valley, on the Arizona state line. Though you'll recognize it instantly from TV commercials and Hollywood movies (it was where Forrest Gump stopped his cross-country run), nothing compares with seeing the sheer chocolate-red buttes and colossal mesas for real.