Drinking Beer With Mark Twain and the Gold Rush in Genoa, Nevada
A tour of the Wild West isn't over until you've had a cold one at the Genoa Bar. Tucked into the back pocket of a sprawling valley just over the California border in Nevada, this "thirst parlor," the oldest in the state, could be the set of a John Wayne movie—except it's nowhere near Hollywood and everything's real. So real that Mark Twain and Ulysses S. Grant both tossed a few back at the very bar you rest your elbows on. Other original relics from its opening in 1853 include oil lamps, a dusty mirror, and a wood-burning stove. Oh, and the chain-smoking cowboy by the pool table? He's real, too.