10 Most Beautiful Small Towns in Nevada

The state of Nevada has numerous small towns and big cities besides Las Vegas, yet Las Vegas is one of the only places that people consider to go when they think about visiting this state. While Las Vegas is amazing, there are at least ten small towns that everyone should consider visiting when they are in the “Silver State” of Nevada. Here are the 10 most beautiful small towns in Nevada:

1: Virginia City

Virginia City

Silver was discovered in Virginia City in 1859 and the small town rapidly grew after that until the silver ran low in the mines. Anyone who walks the Comstock Walking Trail is able to see the Pioneer Cemetery with Julia Bulette’s grave, the Combination Mine Shaft, and Sugarloaf Mountain. There are numerous museums and other attractions in this town, which is not surprising since the entire town was placed on the National Historic Landmark registry in 1961.

Address: Virginia City, Nevada

2: Ely

Ely
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Ely was first used as a stagecoach station for the Pony Express, but the popularity of the town grew even more in 1906 when copper was discovered there. At the Nevada Northern Railroad Museum, visitors can ride the Ghost Train of Old Ely along the tracks from Ely to Robinson mining district. Nature lovers will want to visit all of the state parks that are nearby Ely including Cave Lake National Park, Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, and the Great Basin National Park.

Address: Ely, Nevada

3: Austin

Austin
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Many people enjoy wandering around old buildings and streets from decades ago and Austin is the perfect place to do this, because it is a real living ghost town. The three-story stone Stokes Castle is a popular tourist destination, because it was built just after the town stopped thriving in 1897. The castle was only lived in for one month and then was left vacant for all to see as it began to crumble. Visitors will also want to go to the Gridley Store, Austin Cemetery, and the Austin Masonic and Odd Fellows Hall.

Address: Austin, Nevada

4: Genoa

Genoa

The historic town of Genoa can be found just East of the amazing Lake Tahoe and the beauty of the area keeps bringing people back. Since 1919, the town has held a Candy Dance Art and Crafts Fair to sell the homemade candy that many of the residents make. Artisans from the entire West Coast travel to Genoa to sell their artistic creations during this time. A few more memorable attractions in Genoa are the Mormon Station National Park Museum, the Genoa Cemetery, and the Hanging Tree. The Hanging Tree is where Adam Uber was hung after he was accused of murdering teamster, Hans Anderson.

Address: Genoa, Nevada

5: Rachel

Rachel

The Little A’Le’Inn restaurant and bar caters to all of the UFO enthusiasts who travel to Rachel in hopes of spotting a UFO or two. The town is off of Nevada Highway 375, which is also known as the Extraterrestrial Highway. The town was founded in 1973 and named after the first baby that was born in the valley. The local cemetery and a memorial park were created in honor of baby Rachel who died in 1980. The town of Rachel has either been mentioned or shown in television shows, movies, and even a game.

Address: Rachel, Nevada

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