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Top Choice Cultural in Pyramid Lake

Burning Man

For a week in August, 'Burners' from around the world descend on the Black Rock Desert to build the temporary Black Rock City, only to tear it all down again and set fire to an effigy of man. In between, there's pea…
Top Choice Historic Building in Carson City

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 picnicking, the stunning former 1864 residence of Comstock million…
Top Choice Museum in Reno

National Automobile Museum

Stylized street scenes illustrate a century’s worth of automobile history at this engaging car museum. The collection is enormous and impressive, with one-of-a-kind vehicles – including James Dean’s 1949 Mercury fro…
Top Choice American in Reno

Old Granite Street Eatery

A lovely well-lit place for organic and local comfort food, old-school artisanal cocktails and craft beers, this antique-strewn hot spot enchants diners with its stately wooden bar, water served in old liquor bottle…
Top Choice American in Carson City

Sassafras

What's not to love about this brilliant food joint, with an inventive menu of original burgers, pizzas and salads and dreamy daily specials, featuring flavours from abroad. With starters like black-and-blue shrimp f…
Top Choice Thai in Carson City

Basil

Who would have thought some of the best (seriously) Thai cuisine outside Thailand would be found in downtown Carson City in this spotless restaurant? Green papaya salads, spicy and aromatic meat, fish or vegetable c…
Top Choice Pub in Genoa

Genoa Bar & Saloon

The oldest drinking parlor, as they were once known, in Nevada (dating to 1853) oozes charm and begs to be photographed: beer is the bonus, as are weekend bands and weekly drink specials. Don't get too cozy or you m…
Top Choice Museum in Carson City

Nevada State Museum

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 P…
Top Choice Museum in Reno

Discovery

Since opening its doors in 2011 as a children's museum, the Discovery rapidly grew in popularity and expanded its focus to become a world-class, hands-on center for 'science, technology, engineering, art and math' (…
Top Choice Lake in Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake

Pyramid Lake is a stunning standalone sight, with shores lined with beaches and eye-catching tufa formations. This piercingly blue expanse in an otherwise barren landscape is 25 miles north of Reno on the Paiute Ind…