Nevada State Museum

Top choice in Nevada

Housed inside the 1869 US Mint building, the Nevada State Museum generally hosts one visiting exhibition to complement its four excellent permanent exhibitions – Carson City Mint, Nevada's Changing Earth, Nevada: A People & Place Through Time and Under One Sky – to tell the story of what is one of America's most unique and independent-minded states.

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1. Children's Museum of Northern Nevada

0.07 MILES

Carson City being the family-friendly place that it is, of course there's a museum that's just for kids, although adults are welcome if they're well…

2. Nevada State Capitol Building

0.29 MILES

Built in 1870, the handsome Nevada State Capitol is complete with a silver-covered dome in a not-so-subtle nod to the mineral that made this state famous…

3. Nevada State Railroad Museum

1.28 MILES

Loved by adults and kids alike, the hugely popular Nevada State Railroad Museum is worth a visit, even if you're not a rail buff, for its impressive…

4. Spooner Lake

8.63 MILES

Spooner Lake is popular for catch-and-release fishing, picnicking, nature walks, backcountry camping and cross-country skiing. It's also the start of the…

5. Sand Harbor

8.71 MILES

Two sand spits have formed a shallow bay here, with brilliant, warm turquoise water and white, boulder-strewn beaches. It gets very busy, especially…

6. Thunderbird Lodge

8.79 MILES

During summer, you can tour the eccentric Thunderbird Lodge, a neo-Gothic 1930s mansion. The only way to get to the lodge is by shuttle bus, leaving from…

7. Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park

9.02 MILES

Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park is the east shore's biggest draw with beaches and hiking for all. Summer crowds splash in the turquoise waters of Sand Harbor…

8. Bower's Mansion Regional Park


Just 12 miles north of Carson City off Hwy I-580, almost halfway to Reno, you'll find this fabulous regional park with manicured gardens perfect for…