You’ve seen the road signs and maybe you’ve even talked about stopping. But each time you’re visiting Nevada, you blow right past so you can hit your next destination. But these 10 overlooked places are right off the highway and deserve your attention.  

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1. RyanHenge

Oh Nevada, how we love you. Where else could you find one of the quirkiest and simultaneously impressive roadside attractions ever located on a landfill? A Stonehenge-inspired solar calendar meets aliens in a beautiful garden with a side of vintage railroad cars…and did we mention camels, too? This wild and wonderful attraction should not be missed.

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2. Hickison Petroglyph Recreation Area

Cruising U.S. Highway 50, aka The Loneliest Road in America, it’s easy to speed between the far-flung towns in a race to rejoin civilization. However, just 24 miles east of Austin, there’s good reason to stop and visit an ancient civilization. A family friendly network of trails weaves through ancient petroglyph-laden rock outcroppings, courtesy of the Western Shoshone that lived in the area 10,000 years ago.

3. Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory

If you’ve ever driven old Highway 395 from Carson City to Reno, you’ve likely seen a giant prospector statue and thought “what the heck?” This gentle sentinel guards one of northern Nevada’s sweetest stops. Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory—a third-generation, family-owned enterprise—handmakes more than 100 varieties of chocolate, along with many other confections including the peanut brittle they began making during the Depression. Shop for taffy, brittles, fudge, chocolates, caramel corn, and small gifts.

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4. Seven Magic Mountains

Driving in the desert can induce a mirage, but if you’re on Highway 15 between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, you’re probably not hallucinating. When you see the seven massive, day-glo rock sculptures jutting from the desert floor, it’s time to stop the car. Wander among the 30-foot-tall totems for an only-in-Nevada selfie.

5. Ordnance Museum

Most folks bomb down Highway 95, only slowing for gas or food in Hawthorne before hitting the road again. This is a big mistake. Hawthorne is home to America’s largest artillery base and if you’d ever wondered why, it’s time to stop at the Ordnance Museum. This museum lets you wander through exhibits of cluster bombs, historical ammunition, vintage military uniforms, plus some of the first drones ever produced.

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6. Sentinel Museum

Stop the presses! OK, just stop the car in Eureka for a visit to “The Eureka Sentinel,” which was printed daily from 1879 to 1960. This two-story building hosts the old printing room downstairs, which is so well-preserved it looks as if the editors have just finished their shift. The walls are covered with aged newspapers, and the printing press and original furnishings give a fascinating glimpse into the life of this historic operation. The upper floor houses a museum that chronicles the town’s history.

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7. California Trail Interpretive Center

You’re rushing to get to Elko for dinner at The Star or to attend the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering but pump the brakes for just a moment. The California Trail Interpretive Centeris the perfect place to learn about the settlers who traveled some 2,000 miles in search of a better life. Learning about the harrowing journey across the 40-Mile Desert might just put that long car trip into perspective.

8. Cold Springs Station

Depending on your destination on Highway 50, you could find yourself without dining options for some time. Cold Springs Station is a great spot to get a meal, shop for mementos and snacks, or check out some Pony Express memorabilia.

9. Grapevine Canyon

While traveling State Route 163 just north of Laughlin, you’ll find a turnoff for Grapevine Canyon. Anxious as you are to get to town, pull off and head to the trailhead. Park the car, and you’ll see a great wash, which really doesn’t look like much. A short hike toward the canyon’s rock walls will reveal the truth: hundreds of panels of petroglyphs created between 1200 and 1800 AD.

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10. Thunder Mountain Monument

This one is so easy to miss, it’s almost criminal. Located on Interstate 80 in Imlay, a self-identified Creek Indian built Thunder Mountain as both a shelter from a potential apocalypse as well as a spiritual haven and hostel during the hippie era. The sculptures mainly portray American Indian figures and the injustices they experienced during and after white settlement.