Welcome to Carson City

With excellent road connections to Reno, Lake Tahoe, Genoa and Virginia City, some attractive heritage architecture beyond the main drag, tree-lined streets and a handful of interesting attractions, the state capital is worth considering as a base from which to explore the region, especially if you're traveling with kids.

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$65 Day Trips & Excursions

Wild West Tour from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride

Meet your knowledgeable driver/guide, and head out of South Lake Tahoe aboard your comfortable minibus, whose reclining seats and large windows allow you to relax and enjoy the mountain views on the approximate 1.5-hour drive northeast to Virginia City. Your route takes you along part of the old Pony Express, the 1860s trail that carried mail across the United States, to Genoa, Nevada’s oldest city. Then pass through Carson City, the state capital, and through the historical towns of Silver City and Gold Hill. Throughout your drive, listen to narration from your guide about the region’s geology, native wildlife, vegetation and, of course, Wild West history. As you arrive in Virginia City, your guide will tell you about how the town sprang up around Comstock Lode, the first major silver deposit discovered in the US. You’ll be dropped off at the Virginia & Truckee Railroad station to board the train for your 6.5-mile (10.5-km) round-trip ride to Gold Hill and back. Learn a bit about the history of the railroad, which was built in 1869 to transport supplies to Comstock Lode.Back in Virginia City, you have 2.5 hours of free time to explore the town however you wish. Walk through the historic district, a US National Historic Landmark, where cute Main Street is lined with 19th-century western-style buildings, including an opera house and old saloons. Perhaps visit a couple of museums, such as the Mark Twain Museum or Firemen’s Museum, the courthouse, the opera house or the Mackay Mansion (all entrance fees and activities at your own expense). Have lunch at one of the local restaurants (own expense). When your time in Virginia City is up, return to your minibus for the drive back to South Lake Tahoe, where your tour ends.

$50 Day Trips & Excursions

Guided Tour of Historic Virginia City and Carson City from South Lake Tahoe

This is a narrated tour by a long time local drivers - tour guides in a luxury 27 passenger mini bus. Tour is very informative and interactive. Journey follows the Historic route – Pony Express trail, Kingsbury grade, Hwy 206, Genoa, Eagle Valley, Silver City, Gold Hill – Virginia City There's a good chance to see wild mustangs roaming the vast Nevada wilderness Tour stops at the main C street – Delta Saloon Parking lot. You will have 3 hours to explore this historic town. While in Virginia City, you’ll have a chance to visit mansions, museums, gold / silver stores, see a real mine and have lunch. We recommend historic Delta Saloon ( not included ) Included is a visit to The Way it was museum on the main C street. On the way home, tour will go to downtown Carson City to check out old mansions, Governor’s mansion and the Capitol area - Nevada Government district.

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