Travel Nevada’s eclectic experiences expand in 2019 with the addition of new infrastructure, restaurants and distilleries, rural road trips, cultural museums and outdoor adventure. Known for its entertainment, gaming and wide open spaces, Nevada’s treasures transcend city life. Up north, the city of Fallon will become a backdrop for the major motion film, “Top Gun: Maverick”; and the century-old Stewart Indian School will reopen as a new cultural museum. Down south, the new Death Drive road trip brings travelers through ghost towns, Death Valley National Park, desert art and wineries.
Death Drive, Southern Nevada
TravelNevada unveiled its Death Drive road trip which takes travelers through Southern Nevada sites, including Death Valley, Mount Charleston and Rhyolite ghost town. The 328-mile trip lasts about three days and allows visitors to experience Pahrump’s award winning wineries and quirky coffin shop, and a former ranch owned by Howard Hughes, just outside of Las Vegas. The lowest, hottest and driest place in North America, Death Valley, reveals natural salt beds and cracked terrain, while the Goldwell Open Air Museum, right next to Rhyolite ghost town, features seven outdoor sculptures. At the end of the trip, travelers can officially boast that they survived the Death Drive.
Fly LINQ, Las Vegas
Fly LINQ debuted the first and only zipline on the Las Vegas Strip in January 2019, allowing travelers to soar 12 stories above the bustling LINQ Promenade all the way to the High Roller, the LINQ’s Ferris wheel. Now, visitors have the option to experience the Fly LINQ zipline, High Roller Ferris wheel and shop and dine in the LINQ promenade. Upcoming additions to the LINQ Promenade include I Love Sugar, which is expected to be the biggest candy store in the world, and Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club, set to open this spring.
The Loop, Reno
The Loop, a social gathering place opened in South Reno in late 2018. The innovative, family-friendly space has distinct restaurants with locally sourced menus, upscale bars, boutique bowling, roller skating, an indoor ropes course and an indoor sports complex. Of the new dining options, Zeppelin was inspired by the innovative spirit of the World’s Fair, offering craft cocktails and shareable dishes within a vintage vibe.
“Top Gun: Maverick,” Fallon
The highly anticipated sequel to the 1986 “Top Gun” will film in Fallon this year. The first “Top Gun” was partially filmed in Fallon at the Naval Air Station. The sequel is expected to premiere in June 2020
Core Arena, Las Vegas
Core Arena, the first and only permanent outdoor equestrian center in Downtown Las Vegas, opened at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Dec. 2018. The center opened just in time for participants of the National Finals Rodeo to practice during the 10-day event. Core Arena will act as the city’s newest outdoor event venue, year-round.