Before the Great War, this community was a small hamlet built as a refueling and restroom break along Highway 95. Presently, the faded, cracked concrete and peeling buildings give the sense of depression; indeed, Novac is little more than a lonely desert highway motel, a small Brahmin ranch and multiple surrounding buildings that have been fortified for the protection of its inhabitants. Watching over them is the landmark of the area: a giant fabricated dinosaur named Dinky biting off the top of "The World's (2nd) Largest Thermometer". The interior of "Dinky" also serves as the settlement center (a converted gift shop from pre-War times, with a sniper's nest in Dinky's mouth). Dinky is the "attraction" that drew in tourists from both post and pre-War. Most of the locals are friendly folk, though most aren't trusting of outsiders. They appreciate the protection of the NCR, but are afraid of what's going on at the REPCONN Test Site up the road. The local law enforcement, Ranger Andy, is unable to investigate due to an injury, and periodic intrusions by feral ghouls and the odd Viper from the hideout down the road. The town is named Novac because of the no vacancy sign of which part of it has rusted off to say "NO VAC". "
The Dino Dee-Lite motel room you can acquire is located up the stairs on the immediate left after entering the motel compound. Inside it is a bed and storage facilities that are safe to store your items in. Also, in the bathroom of the motel room is a First aid box.
Across the street from the motel is a gas station with some spare parts, a workbench and a reloading bench.
There are two graves you can open with a shovel beside one of the residences that runs parallel to the motel's main building, as well as a kitchen tent that traveling merchants rest in front of. Near the grave site is a shanty that contains a usable workbench. With all graves, walking near them will trigger faint, ghostly whispering.
If you go east of Novac, an unnamed raider can be found dead on a bridge (random spawn, may not always occur). This is one of the few raiders that is not a member of any group such as the Fiends or Great Khans.
Some Jet and Med-X, as well as a Hydra, can be stolen from an unoccupied upper-floor motel room.
The name comes from what's left of the old "No Vacancy" sign on which all but the first five letters have fallen off, therefore becoming 'No Vac'. This way of naming a town is similar to Arefu from Fallout 3.
Travel Merchants can be frequently found in Novac.
Unlike most other towns in the Mojave, Novac has no real-world equivalent. There is a road crossing at US 95 and NV-165 (the road to the real-world location of Nelson, where Novac would be if it existed), but there is nothing there in the real world. However, it has the largest thermometer from Baker and Claude Bell's Dinosaurs.
Novac was the first cell developers constructed because it is better to not build tutorials around areas that will end up being destroyed, also because of game engine fluctuations.
pcps3xbox360 If you push Manny Vargas or Boone onto the teeth of the dinosaur and then do a Ranger Takedown on him, he will fall off of the dinosaur, and then fly back up, creating humorous results. [verified]
pcps3 After the 1.6 patch, sections of the motel will not load properly, leaving working doors hanging in empty space.[verified]
xbox360 Items stored in the player's hotel room, in the wardrobe & footlocker etc., can be lost with the original junk contents replacing them. [verified]