Travel Nevada releases second annual “Seven Weirdest Wonders” list highlighting unusual overnighters

CARSON CITY, Nevada / ACCESSWIRE / January 31, 2023 / Coinciding with National Vacation Plan Day, celebrated today to encourage people to plan their vacation days all year long, Travel Nevada is back with its second annual list of Nevada’s Seven Weirdest Wonders, this year focusing on the unusual accommodations travelers can find in the Silver State. As travel continues to make a post-pandemic resurgence, research shows that people are looking for destinations that push them beyond their comfort zones, and this list does just that.

The Seven Strangest Wonders: Unusual Nights Edition was developed by a team of Travel Nevada experts who have traveled to every corner of the state. Featuring historic, haunted and luxury hotels, yurts, castles and places that have to be seen to be believed.

Here are the Seven Weirdest Wonders of Travel Nevada: Uncommon Overnighters Edition:

  1. Ruby YurtsHanging your hat in the idyllic alpine scenery of the Ruby Mountains of northeastern Nevada should be on everyone’s bucket list. Ruby High Yurt is located about 10,000 feet atop the Conrad Creek Ridge with spectacular views of the valley below and pure privacy from the rest of the world. Not only is the location unexpected, but getting there is also unusual. Guests can hike on their own, with a half-day or full-day guide, or wait for him… with help from a helicopter.
  2. Mitzpa HotelDo you like your story with a side of ghosts? The Mizpah Hotel has served as a beacon for the city of Tonopah for 110+ years with meticulously preserved hotel rooms, authentic trimmings and decor, and, oh… just a few ghosts from the past who love to call the place home. While it’s true that paranormal activity has been reported throughout the property, if you really want to experience fate, book a stay in the Lady in Red room.
  3. Ike Canyon RanchPerched in the foothills of the Alta-Tokima Mountains, just south of America’s Loneliest Road, is Ike’s Canyon Ranch. The wide-open Monitor Valley, near the geographic center of Nevada, where the ranch is located, offers a taste of Silver State wildlife such as grouse, grouse and woodcock, combined with dark skies, outdoor adventures, mining ghost towns and the tradition of the American West. an arm’s length away.
  4. Paradise Ranch CastleImagine driving through the heart of Nevada when you come across a real castle. Located in the Reese River Valley on 160 acres, Paradise Ranch Castle offers a quiet setting that allows weary travelers to escape the hustle and bustle of the world. With ornate rooms, full access to the castle, spectacular views of Mt. Toiyabe, and a star-studded night sky, it’s an unusual must-see for an overnight stay.
  5. Lodge Stone ChurchLet’s take a trip back in time, about 150 years or so. At Stone Church Lodge, guests can learn about Eureka, Nevada’s rich mining history by staying on an original gold and silver boom site. Originally built as a church in 1881 during the mining boom, the lodge features masterful woodwork, original 1880 stonework and vaulted ceilings.
  6. Tarantula RanchFor access to some of Nevada’s highest peaks, all the way to the lowest, hottest and driest place in North America, Tarantula Ranch is the perfect base camp for adventures into Nevada’s outdoor recreation opportunities. Offering incredible dark sky views, an outdoor kitchen and strong Wi-Fi, this personality-filled venue was an easy choice for this list. From RV camping, to staying in a glam trailer, or spending the night in the Tarantula Vineyard bottling room, this ranch brings many of the Silver State’s best offerings together in one place.
  7. Old Yella Dog Ranch – Leave your stressors behind, relax and say hello to Old Yella Dog Ranch, a fully furnished lodge located next to Massacre Rim, a dark sky haven. This unusual overnight stay in the ghost town of Via, Nevada is located along the historic Applegate Lassen Emigration Trail. Travelers can find themselves in another world away from it all, where at night the stars seem so close you feel like you could reach out and grab them. While you’re in the area, be sure to check out one of Nevada’s mines (Royal Peacock, Bonanza, and Rainbow Ridge) and bring home an opal along with your memories.

Whether visitors visit one or all of the places on Nevada’s Weirdest Wonders: Uncommon Nights list, they’ll leave with a travel story that will forever remind them of the Silver State’s unexpected and delightful charisma.

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