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Historic Building in Virginia City

Mackay Mansion

Built by George Hearst in 1859, the allegedly haunted Mackay Mansion was purchased by miner John Mackay, who amassed a fortune of more than $130 million. Guided tours are available.
Bar in Virginia City

Red Dog Saloon

Stick around late into the night and this might be the only C St watering hole still showing signs of life. Dating back to the Comstock mining days, it gained modern fame as an important venue in the psychedelic roc…
Historic Building in Virginia City

The Castle

To see how the mining elite lived, stop by to photograph the exterior of 'the Castle,' a mansion built in 1868 by Robert Graves, a Comstock visionary. It's only open for visitors on special occasions: check with the…
American in Virginia City

Palace Restaurant & Saloon

More about the setting than the food, the Palace Restaurant & Saloon, which is full of town memorabilia, serves up good renditions of traditional American breakfasts and lunches: fry ups, sandwiches, soups and s…
Bar in Virginia City

Bucket of Blood Saloon

The longtime family-run Bucket of Blood Saloon serves up beer and other booze at its antique wooden bar with expansive views out the huge back window, and features live Western bands on Saturday and Sunday afternoon…
Barbecue in Virginia City

Firehouse Saloon & Grill

For gorgeous 100-mile views of the surrounding valleys, have an ice-cream cone on the back porch of the Firehouse Saloon & Grill, where the friendly owners serve up burgers and pulled-pork sandwiches.
Mexican in Virginia City

Cafe del Rio

Locals agree that the best food in Virginia City is probably at Cafe del Rio, which serves a nice blend of nuevo Mexican and Southwest cuisine, including brunch.
Museum in Virginia City

The Way It Was Museum

One of the town's star attractions, this quirky museum is a fun, old-fashioned place offering good background information on mining the lode.
Museum in Virginia City

Mark Twain Museum

In the historic Territorial Enterprise building, you'll find this small museum dedicated to the life of Mark Twain, who once worked here.
Cafe in Virginia City

Roasting House

Get your caffeine fix at the Roasting House, a micro-roaster on the main strip.