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Top Choice Cultural in Pyramid Lake

Burning Man

For a week in August, 'Burners' from around the world descend on the Black Rock Desert to build the temporary Black Rock City, only to tear it all down again and set fire to an effigy of man. In between, there's pea…
Top Choice Historic Building in Carson City

Bower's Mansion Regional Park

Just 12 miles north of Carson city off Hwy I-580, almost halfway to Reno, you'll find this fabulous regional park with manicured gardens perfect for picnicking, the stunning former 1864 residence of Comstock million…
Top Choice Museum in Reno

National Automobile Museum

Stylized street scenes illustrate a century’s worth of automobile history at this engaging car museum. The collection is enormous and impressive, with one-of-a-kind vehicles – including James Dean’s 1949 Mercury fro…
Top Choice American in Reno

Old Granite Street Eatery

A lovely well-lit place for organic and local comfort food, old-school artisanal cocktails and craft beers, this antique-strewn hot spot enchants diners with its stately wooden bar, water served in old liquor bottle…
Top Choice American in Carson City

Sassafras

What's not to love about this brilliant food joint, with an inventive menu of original burgers, pizzas and salads and dreamy daily specials, featuring flavours from abroad. With starters like black-and-blue shrimp f…
Top Choice Thai in Carson City

Basil

Who would have thought some of the best (seriously) Thai cuisine outside Thailand would be found in downtown Carson City in this spotless restaurant? Green papaya salads, spicy and aromatic meat, fish or vegetable c…
Top Choice Pub in Genoa

Genoa Bar & Saloon

The oldest drinking parlor, as they were once known, in Nevada (dating to 1853) oozes charm and begs to be photographed: beer is the bonus, as are weekend bands and weekly drink specials. Don't get too cozy or you m…
Top Choice National Park in Ely

Great Basin National Park

Near the Nevada–Utah border, 67 miles east of Ely, this uncrowded national park encompasses the 13,063ft Wheeler Peak, rising abruptly from the desert and creating an awesome range of life zones and landscapes withi…
Top Choice Museum in Downtown & Fremont St

Mob Museum

It's hard to say what's more impressive: the museum's physical location in a historic federal courthouse where mobsters sat for federal hearings in 1950–51, the fact that the board of directors is headed up by a for…
Top Choice Basque in Elko

Star Hotel

If you've never sampled Basque food, the best place in town for your inaugural experience is the Star Hotel, a family-style supper club located in a 1910 boarding house for Basque sheepherders. Offerings include ste…