Road trips from Southern California: Nevada
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Distance: 218 miles one-way
It's not just deserted, but it's also a great place to see meteor showers and stars. Building material was scarce in many old West mining towns, so Rhyolite saloon keeper Tom Kelly built his home out of what was most accessible to him: bottles. The home, which stands today, was built with more than 50,000 beer and medicine bottles. Legend has it that Kelly still haunts the bottle house along with a mysterious prostitute who was buried nearby. The town that once was home to 10,000 people became a ghost town by 1916. The town bank, train depot and part of the jail remain today.
Directions: From Las Vegas, take U.S. 95 north for 117 miles then turn west on state Route 374 for about two miles.
-- Hugo Martin