Time Zone Motel.

Time Zone Motel

Field review by the editors.

Reno, Nevada

The Time Zone Motel, which may have been built as far back as the 1950s, once had vertical red, white, and blue stripes inside its facade map box, and the blocky letters were white. Parts of the neon map of the lower 48 states still glow red at night, although it appears that in earlier years the various zones would glow in sequence.

It's still a functioning motel. Signs taped to the office window forbid pets, unauthorized parking, and noise after 10 PM.

Unsuspecting tourists might think they can drive past the Time Zone Motel and watch their smartphones flip to a different hour, or maybe rent a room with the bed in Mountain Time and the mini-fridge in Pacific Time. Unfortunately, they can't. The Time Zone Motel is nowhere near a border between time zones. The nearest one is 300 miles away, at the Idaho state line.

Time Zone Motel

Address:
448 Lake St., Reno, NV
Directions:
Drive north on the Carson-Reno Hwy into downtown. Turn right at the stoplight onto E. 4th St. Drive two blocks. Turn left at the stoplight onto Lake St. Drive one block. You'll see the Time Zone Motel on the right.
Hours:
Visible around the clock.
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