We are just back from a short road trip to Reno, Virginia city & Carson City, NV.
Reno was real fun as it had been a long time we'd been to Vegas(No way comparable in size).
I'd recommend the river walk(Truckee). Night shots were impressive. The casinos were pretty neat & it was extremely cold outside. It dropped to 28F around 8.30pm. Peppermill was the most interesting casino. We are not big gamblers, so we preferred to stay outside the downtown.
Next morning, we drove the short distance to Pyramid Lake. It was cold even there. 40F at noon. To come across that huge a lake in the middle of a desert is simple awesome. Supposed to be the largest freshwater lake in the nation(correct me if I am wrong here). If you go, take your own food. There is not much you can find here, except an Indian general store for gas & snacks.
A short 40 miles later, we were in Virginia City(elev 6220 ft). It was 30F by the time we reached here around 2pm. Ponderosa mine tour & the railroad are the highlights other than half a dozen beer saloons.
The lady at the visitor center mentioned a visit to the cemetery, but we dropped it as it was further out. There isn't too much to see, but it is a fun town. It was unbelievable how 22000 people lived here 100 yrs ago.
Winter was generally not this harsh. At least that's what the locals said.
After a night stay at Carson City, NV, we were on our way back home. Enroute, we stopped by Lodi to get views of sandhill cranes that come by only this time of the year. We did get to watch a lot of birds & the sunset was awesome. It was a lot crowded than during the festival in the 1st week of November.
If you get this far, 7 miles away if the downtown which is strikingly beautiful & interesting.
Virginia city & the sunset at Lodi were the highlights of our trip.
Maybe someday we'd do the loneliest road in America too.
Only worry: Not an inch of snow except on the high mountains.
welcoming some rain & snow,