Winnemucca has been a travelers' stop since the days of the emigrant trail – even Butch Cassidy dropped in once to rob a bank. Named after a Paiute chief, the biggest town on this stretch of the I-80 is also a center for the state's Basque community, descended from 19th-century immigrant shepherds. Although Winnemucca isn't an attractive town, it's a worth a look if you'd like to sample Basque cooking, shop for antiques or get into the great outdoors.
Fans of Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City' novels and TV series who've fondly carried Anna Madrigal, Mother Mucca and her Winnemucca whorehouse in their hearts for decades might be disappointed to find 'mucca no longer resembles the whistle-stop desert outpost the book portrays, although the brothels remain.
If you're driving the I-80, stop by just to say you 'went to Winnemucca'!