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Angel Lake Road- The road winds upward through sagebrush and pinon pine, then mountain mahogany, quaking aspen and limber pine. The lake is in a glacial cirque in the East Humboldt, a young, craggy and visually spectacular range.
Extraterrestrial Highway- This state route has long been a popular gathering place for UFO enthusiasts, due to its proximity to Area 51 near Rachel.
Highway 93- Those travelling this route revel in high desert scenery, taking in Mt. Grafton, Dutch John Peak and the Wilson Creek Range.
Lake Tahoe - Eastshore Drive- The Eastshore Drive skirts the edges of Lake Tahoe, providing visitors with breathtaking views of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The visitor's center offers accounts of the pioneer and Indian history of the area.
Lamoille Canyon Road- The Ruby Mountains are Nevada`s wettest, and therefore most verdant mountain range. Follow this winding road around the base of 11,249-foot Ruby Dome, up glacially-formed Lamoille Canyon.
Las Vegas Strip- This is the only scenic route that is more scenic at night than during the day. It is more compact than most byways, too. Every few hundred feet offers a different experience, from Egyptian pyramids to medieval castles to Roman empires.
Mount Rose Highway- Rising up from Reno on its way to Lake Tahoe, the Mt. Rose Highway offers spectacular views of the valleys below.
Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway- As the only byway in the nation entirely within a tribal reservation, this route takes visitors around one of the largest desert lakes in the world and provides a unique opportunity to interact with the Paiute tribe.
Red Rock Canyon Road- Just outside Las Vegas, this loop road winds through multi-colored rock formations. Unique flora and a large number of desert animals are seen here often.
The Loneliest Road in America- Highway 50 crosses nine mountain ranges, passes through the agricultural oasis of Fallon, and ends in Ely. In between are 287 miles where man`s presence is indicated only by the road and an occasional fence.
Valley of Fire State Park Roadways- Adventurers travelling this route notice a landscape which shifts with each slight movement of the sun. Rocks mutate from benign oranges and browns to deeper, more dramatic shades.

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Description - Nevada currently offers one All-American Road, the Las Vegas Strip, two National Scenic byways, Lake Tahoe Eastshore Drive and Pyramid Lake Scenic Drive, and eight state designated byways.

The Las Vegas Strip is a truly unique byway. It is the only scenic route that is more scenic at night than during the day. Every few hundred feet offers a different experience, from Egyptian pyramids to medieval castles to Roman empires. The Lake Tahoe Eastshore Drive skirts the edges of Lake Tahoe, providing visitors with breathtaking views of the Lake Tahoe Basin. As the only byway in the nation entirely within a tribal reservation, Pyramid Lake Scenic Byway takes visitors around one of the largest desert lakes in the world and provides a unique opportunity to interact with the Paiute tribe. These are just a few highlights of the byways in this diverse state.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

Climate - Nevada is characterized by the high desert Great Basin in the northern portion of the state, the low desert in the southern portion of the state and mountain ranges which bisect these desert areas. These elevational differences can create wide ranging climatic differences. In the low deserts of southern Nevada, including the area around Las Vegas, temperatures during the summer months often reach 115 degrees F. Winters are mild with cool nights. Winter, spring and fall are a pleasant time to visit this region.

Because the Great Basin lies at a higher elevation, the area receives cold winter weather with snow that can remain for months. Seven inches of rain falls in the region annually, although run off from the surrounding mountains contributes to the water availability. The mountains receive significantly colder temperatures and precipitation year round. They can be great areas for winter recreation or an escape from the summer heat of the lower elevations.

Location - Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state.


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Nevada - Nevada includes two deserts and numerous mountain ranges. Although it is best known for its vast, arid, unpopulated terrain, it also includes attractions such as Humboldt - Toiyabe National Forest, the largest National Forest outside the State of Alaska, which encompasses some of Nevada's most spectacular mountain ranges.

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