SHOW ME THAT NEVADA CLOUT
As it turns out, there are a whole lot of folks out there who DO have Nevada Clout…a bunch of it. With tons of entries and a NINE WAY TIE for first, we were left with no choice but to draw the winners at random, which struck a painful chord. Although there were many deserving entries out there, these three lucky dogs won the pot. But what does it take to identify all of these hard-to-name spots? Take a look below at our grand prize winner to see exactly what sort of gusto they’re bringing to the table.
FIRST PLACE WINNER: Kathleen Walpole
Kathleen, your perfect score and rediculously detailed answers prove that you've got some serious Nevada clout. Nicely done. You've gotta be a native of the Silver State, yes?
I’m actually not from the Silver State! I was born and raised in upstate New York, and I went to college there as well.
Spill your secret, how did you know all of these places?
I’m still shocked I knew ALL of them! I’ve only been in Nevada for two years, but have been reading a lot about all the amazing attractions, things to see, parks, etc. I started a Pinterest board when I first moved to Las Vegas to keep track of everything I want to see; I usually do that for any place I’ve lived or want to travel to. Creating the Pinterest board helped me answer the questions, plus I read TravelNevada’s blog post all the time!
Of all the spots pictured, which is your favorite? Why?
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a favorite on that list. It’s just very peaceful and calming…the perfect time way from the glitz and traffic of the Strip. Although, I’m hoping my prize—jetpacking in Parhump—will become my new favorite!
What road trip essentials do you keep with you when traveling Nevada's back roads? Do you have a travel buddy?
My SUV for random adventures…don’t want to get stuck out there! Coffee is essential, as are several good playlists, water, sunscreen, and a paper map as a backup to the GPS. I am a firm believer in solo traveling and what it can do for the soul.
Why is traveling Nevada waaaaaay better than any other state?
I am consistently shocked at the new things that I discover about Nevada and what I can go and explore. There are endless opportunities, and whether it is an art exhibit or a new musical performance, there is always something to do in Nevada. I'm happy to call the Silver State my new home!
SECOND PLACE WINNER: Dale Porray from Las Vegas, NV
THIRD PLACE WINNER: Isabella Bantz [who's only 8 years old, BTW] from Reno, NV
1. What do Anheuser Busch bottles, a gang of ghosts and a dusty old boomtown have in common? Answer: RHYOLITE
2. This here was the crown jewel of this once-booming mining town and turns the big 140 this month. You might even go as far as calling this beaut the Ellis Island of Nevada. Answer: BELMONT COURTHOUSE
3. Tombstone, Shcmoombstone. This gun slingin’ Nevada town was the real Wild West, with 67 more murders per year than what was considered to be the most rough and tumble western community: Tombstone. Just about 70 people were six feet deep before someone finally died of natural causes. Answer: BOOTHILL CEMETERY
4. Think flying is a think of the future? Guess again. ‘Tis true, you can get your George Jetson and maybe even your Marty McFly on at this Nevada adventure oasis… Answer: JET PACK AMERICA AT SPRING MOUNTAIN MOTOR RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB
5. Nevada pro tip: this place is without a doubt, the best way to soak your bones and celebrate your victory of bagging Nevada’s tallest peak. Answer: FISH LAKE VALLEY HOT SPRINGS
6. We promise this isn’t a green screen. Home to the oldest known living thing on earth, the scenery here is legitimately breathtaking. Answer: GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK
7. This small-town hangout is home of Tigg the tabby. The name of this backcountry gem coincidentally rhymes with our furry friend… Answer: JIGGS BAR
8. The Civilian Conservation Corps boys completed their first archaeological dig in the nation in Nevada, salvaging precious artifacts and later built this zinger. Talk about getting lost in some fascinating history, right? Answer: LOST CITY MUSEUM
9. Yes indeedy, this IS Nevada. That lake you see down there? It’s one of the area’s many pristine alpine lakes and shares the name of this slice of paradise. Answer: LAMOILLE CANYON
10. One of these things just don’t belong, and we’re allllll over it. Irresistible doesn’t even begin to describe this Nevada rite-of-passage photo opp. Snap a selfie here and head up the road for one of the best burgers in the Silver State. Answer: MINA [or Soda Springs if you're reaaaaalllllyyy good.]
11. Former Pony Express Station and one of the last great roadhouses in America? Count me in. Answer: MIDDLEGATE STATION
12. A much-needed place to jump out of the car for a break, or some face-melting day-glow…we cant decide what’s more magical about this place. Answer: SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS
13. What do a pet cow named Penelope, a 30-carat diamond, Howard Hughes and this face-melting scene have in common? Answer: SPRING MOUNTAIN RANCH STATE PARK
14. Trust us, a day trip to this 120-year-old abode will have you nothing short of stoked. Answer: STOKES CASTLE
15. As one of the only complete and original stamped tin buildings known in America, history runs deep in this fine establishment. If these walls could talk, they’d have some ‘splainin’ to do. Answer: THE PIONEER SALOON
16. Dunes that stretch 40 miles into the desert annnd sit on BLM land? Add some of the darkest skies in the nation and that right there is what you call an OHV slam-dunk. Answer: WINNEMUCCA DUNES
17. You can’t take a bad photo at this old mining town and former movie set. Even Queen Bey will back us up on this one. Answer: TECHATTICUP AT ELDORADO CANYON
18. Fixated on rockhounding as much as us? If you don’t already know about this humdinger of an outing, you’re going to want to, January bday or not. Answer: GARNET HILL
19. Petroglyphs, sure. Nevada’s got that on lock. But Pictographs? Yep, we’ve got that nailed too. This prehistoric paradise is considered to be the best examples of pictographs in the NATION, and it’s right in the heart of the Silver State. Answer: TOQUIMA CAVE
20. You might be able to name this all-original, no-replicas slice of Nevada history. But, do you have the chops to stand over a stope that runs 1,500 feet deep, that’s supported by timber from the early 1900s? Might get that blood pressure up, but this one is sooooo Jim Butler approved. Answer: TONOPAH HISTORIC MINING PARK
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