Tonopah is 215 miles from Las Vegas and 235 miles from Reno, so makes a logical place to break the journey. The town is situated at the junction of US 6 and US 95, in the middle of a small range of hills, the San Antonio Mountains, once a center for gold and silver mining; spoil heaps rise above the main road through town, and other relics can be viewed at Tonopah Historic Mining Park. Facilities in Tonopah are quite limited, and include a small selection of shops, restaurants and lodging, plus a medical center, library and post office. To the west and east, the hills soon give way to wide empty valleys typical of the Great Basin Desert without much of interest to see, but some of the roads are scenic such as NV 375 which forks of US 6 a few miles east. Somewhat further away (80 miles), are the volcanic features of Lunar Crater National Natural Landmark.
In downtown Tonopah, NV, the pet friendly Best Western Hi-Desert Inn has 88 comfortable, refrigerator/microwave-equipped rooms, an outdoor pool & spa, gift shop and 24 hour front desk, all within walking distance of a selection of shops and restaurants, at least one casino, and Tonopah Historic Mining Park. The hotel is situated on the main highway through Tonopah, US 6/95, and enjoys mountain views both north and south. Free hot breakfast is served each morning, and a free shuttle is provided to the local airport.