Welcome to Virginia City


At its peak during the 1860s gold rush, Virginia City was a high-flying, rip-roaring Wild West boomtown with 30,000 residents. Today, with fewer than 1000 residents and a main street of wooden sidewalks and historic saloons in restored grand Victorians, it can sometimes feel like a frontier theme park. Even so, it’s still a fun and photogenic place to while away a few hours.


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$60 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.

$109 Cultural & Theme Tours

Emerald Bay & Virginia City Tour

Your guide will pick you up from your lodging in South Lake Tahoe, California or Stateline, Nevada beginning at 9:00 AM. Exact pickup time for your location will be confirmed the night before. The first stop will include 30 minutes at the world renown Emerald Bay, which lies just north of South Lake Tahoe. This is an incredible area, which includes a historical castle and mansion, plenty of nature, and Eagle Falls for sightseeing and photo opportunities. After stopping in Emerald Bay, the trip will continue on the historic Pony Express for an hour and a half to Virginia City, Nevada, where you will get to experience the Wild West on the Comstock. In Virginia City, guests will have a 2-hour window to enjoy the VT Railroad, take a trolley tour, tour historic mines, visit one of the many museums, shop, and dine in one of the many historic restaurants. After visiting Virginia City, Tahoe Scenic Tours will transport your group back to South Lake Tahoe, or Stateline, arriving at your lodging by 3:30 PM assuming no traffic delays. Tahoe Scenic Tours offers an 8 person van, where each passenger will be able to enjoy a window seat in a captain’s chair. The offered 8 person tours encourage for a more intimate experience for our guests, allowing for personalized stops along the way, as well as the opportunity to ask questions in a comfortable, small setting. Your guide will share history, facts, important sights, and tell stories along the way. Bring water, camera, jacket, sunscreen, & comfortable shoes. $109 per person plus gratuity. Train, trolley, & food not included in the price.

$109 Cultural & Theme Tours

Lake Tahoe & Virginia City Tour

Your guide will pick you up from your lodging in Reno, Nevada beginning at 8:00 AM. Exact pickup time for your location will be confirmed the night before. As Tahoe Scenic Tours most popular trip, the first stop will include 60 minutes on the sandy beaches of Kings Beach, California. Guests are able to rent a kayak, paddle board, go parasailing, or relax on the beach. After stopping in Kings Beach, the trip will continue on the historic Pony Express for an hour and a half to Virginia City, Nevada, where you will get to experience the Wild West on the Comstock. In Virginia City, guests will have a 2 hour window to enjoy the VT Railroad, take a trolley tour, tour historic mines, visit one of the many museums, shop, and dine in one of the many historic restaurants. After visiting Virginia City, Tahoe Scenic Tours will transport your group back to Reno, arriving at your lodging between 2:00 pm and 3:00 PM. Tahoe Scenic Tours offers an 8 person van, where each passenger will be able to enjoy a window seat in a captain’s chair. The offered 8 person tours encourage for a more intimate experience for our guests, allowing for personalized stops along the way, as well as the opportunity to ask questions in a comfortable, small setting. Your guide will share history, facts, important sights, and tell stories along the way. Please bring plenty of water, a camera, jacket, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. If you plan on participating in lake activities, please also bring a swimsuit/water clothes, towel, and a warm jacket as the lake is cold. The price does not include food, drinks, activities, or driver gratuity.

$109 Cultural & Theme Tours

Virginia City Tour

Your guide will provide lodging pickup beginning at 9:00 AM in the Tahoe Scenic Tours van. Exact pickup time for your location will be confirmed the night before.  From Reno, guests will experience a 40 minute drive up the scenic Geiger Grade. Your guide will share history, facts, important sights, and tell stories on the drive to Virginia City, where the largest silver rush created a city that was once the “Richest City in America” in a matter of a few years. Upon arrival in Virginia City, your guide will offer itinerary suggestions to help determine your best experience for 2 hours of Wild West exploration. Guests will have time to enjoy the VT Railroad, take a trolley tour, tour historic mines, visit one of the many museums, shop, and dine in one of the many historic restaurants. The VT Railroad offers a 45 minute ride in a historic locomotive that travels on the same path that carried materials and workers to the mines in the 1860’s, as well as a 20 minute tour of the town. The VT Railroad is the best way to get a lay of the land and hear the brief, yet rich history. For those that want a more hands on experience of what it took to work in a silver mine, join a mine tour. In these tours, you will walk hundreds of feet underground where the mine guide vividly paints the grueling picture of the miner's work day. There are also 15 museums and historic sites for those that want a true history lesson. Guests can also follow the wooden sidewalks tracing South C Street, the main street in Virginia City. The main street is full of unique and historic restaurants and shops to explore. If you are lucky, there might be some wild and fun events such as civil war reenactments and ostrich races happening during your visit. After visiting Virginia City, Tahoe Scenic Tours will transport your group back to your lodging by between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Tahoe Scenic Tours offers an 8 person van, where each passenger will be able to enjoy a window seat in a captain’s chair. The offered 8 person tours encourage a more intimate experience for our guests, allowing for personalized stops along the way, as well as the opportunity to ask questions in a comfortable, small setting. Please bring plenty of water, a camera, jacket, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. The price does not include food, drinks, activities, or driver gratuity.

$109 Cultural & Theme Tours

Virginia City Tour

Your guide will provide lodging pickup beginning at 9:00 AM in the Tahoe Scenic Tours van. Exact pickup time for your location will be confirmed the night before. From South Lake Tahoe, guests will experience a 40 minute drive up the scenic Geiger Grade. Your guide will share history, facts, important sights, and tell stories on the drive to Virginia City, where the largest silver rush created a city that was once the “Richest City in America” in a matter of a few years. Upon arrival in Virginia City, your guide will offer itinerary suggestions to help determine your best experience for 2 hours of Wild West exploration. Guests will have time to enjoy the VT Railroad, take a trolley tour, tour historic mines, visit one of the many museums, shop, and dine in one of the many historic restaurants. The VT Railroad offers a 45 minute ride in a historic locomotive that travels on the same path that carried materials and workers to the mines in the 1860’s, as well as a 20 minute tour of the town. The VT Railroad is the best way to get a lay of the land and hear the brief, yet rich history. For those that want a more hands on experience of what it took to work in a silver mine, join a mine tour. In these tours, you will walk hundreds of feet underground where the mine guide vividly paints the grueling picture of the miner's work day. There are also 15 museums and historic sites for those that want a true history lesson. Guests can also follow the wooden sidewalks tracing South C Street, the main street in Virginia City. The main street is full of unique and historic restaurants and shops to explore. If you are lucky, there might be some wild and fun events such as civil war reenactments and ostrich races happening during your visit. After visiting Virginia City, Tahoe Scenic Tours will transport your group back to your lodging between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Tahoe Scenic Tours offers an 8 person van, where each passenger will be able to enjoy a window seat in a captain’s chair. The offered 8 person tours encourage a more intimate experience for our guests, allowing for personalized stops along the way, as well as the opportunity to ask questions in a comfortable, small setting. Please bring plenty of water, a camera, jacket, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes. The price does not include food, drinks, activities, or driver gratuity.

$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.