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Carson City

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On the shore of Lake Tahoe, the capital of Nevada is lauded for its scenic beauty, skiing, boating, hiking, gambling and its restored railroad. 

Carson City was built on mining, logging and the railroad. It rose up from the Eagle Valley floor in the late 1850s, becoming the state capital of Nevada in 1864. Today, the modern city honors its past with museums and historic homes as well as providing plenty of casino action and a wealth of outdoor activities.

Start your exploration of the city on the Kit Carson Trail. The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) sidewalk path is named after the famous explorer who mapped the west. It covers more than 60 landmarks including 19th-century mansions, courthouses and churches. A painted blue line and bronze medallions embedded in the pavement mark the route.

Stop by the Nevada State Museum, formerly a branch of the U.S. Mint. Step inside the Carson Brewing Company where Tahoe Beer was made. Visit the Sears-Ferris House, the childhood home of George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., who later invented the Ferris Wheel.

The railroad played a key part in opening up Carson City. Take a ride on the restored V & T Railroad. The line was built to transport gold and silver ore from Virginia City’s mines to refining mills in Carson City. As you travel along the tracks watch for mine relics, exposed silver ore veins and wildlife. Leave time to explore the 19th century railroad cars and locomotives at the Nevada State Railway Museum.

Carson City is located in Eagle Valley in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is a magnet for outdoor adventure types. Strap on a pair of skis and swoop down the slopes of Mount Rose. Go hiking, biking and boating through Washoe Lake State Park’s 8,053 acres (3,258 hectares) of wilderness. Climb some of the more than 50 peaks that are close to the city. Enjoy a boating trip across Lake Tahoe, North America’s largest alpine lake, and kayak through the 13-mile (21-kilometer) Carson River Aquatic Trail.

Like much of Nevada, Carson City has been synonymous with gambling since its frontier days. Try your luck at the tables, poker rooms and slots of its numerous casinos.

Where to stay in Carson City

Gold Dust West Carson City
Gold Dust West Carson City
3 out of 5
2171 E. William Street, Carson City, NV
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £77 per night from 18 Aug to 18 Aug
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pony Express Pavilion, Carson City Community Center and Mills Park. Northern Nevada ...
4/5Very Good! (949 reviews)
"Everyone at the hotel is nice and helpful. It was convenient to have a hotel with a restaurant so anyone can grab something to eat if unsure where to eat. The food tastes great and fast and friendly staff."

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2021

Gold Dust West Carson City
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
4 out of 5
111 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, NV
The price is £357 per night from 29 Aug to 29 Aug
Offering direct access to the beach, this Incline Village resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and Lake Tahoe-Nevada ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (977 reviews)
"It was clean and beautiful"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
Carson City Plaza Hotel and Event Center
Carson City Plaza Hotel and Event Center
2 out of 5
801 S Carson St, Carson City, NV
The price is £95 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Carson Station Casino and Warren Engine Company No. 1 Museum. Sears-Ferris House ...
3.8/5Good! (964 reviews)
"Big room, fridge.microwave,walk to Casino. good breakfast"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2021

Carson City Plaza Hotel and Event Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations David Walley's Resort, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Club Vacations David Walley's Resort, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
2001 Foothill Road, Genoa, NV
The price is £113 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Located in the heart of Genoa, this aparthotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Mormon Station State Historic Park and 6.7 mi (10.8 km) from Carson Valley Museum and ...
3.8/5Good! (560 reviews)
"Nice!"

Reviewed on 21 Jun 2021

Holiday Inn Club Vacations David Walley's Resort, an IHG Hotel
Stylish Condo Near Town and the Lake w/ Shared Pool, Sauna, & Free Wifi!
Stylish Condo Near Town and the Lake w/ Shared Pool, Sauna, & Free Wifi!
810 Alder Ave, #61, Incline Village, NV
Situated in the mountains, this condo is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata-Guttman Music Hall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Lake Tahoe-Nevada ...
1/5 (1 review)
not worth the money
"The condo was minimalist at best, poorly stocked kitchen - really just basic pots, pans, dishes, mugs and glasses. No corkscrew, bottle opener. The listing said there was an indoor pool and sauna - this is not correct, they do not exist. The listing also list Netflix streaming, also incorrect - you ..."

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2021

Stylish Condo Near Town and the Lake w/ Shared Pool, Sauna, & Free Wifi!
Hyatt Residence Club Lake Tahoe, High Sierra Lodge
Hyatt Residence Club Lake Tahoe, High Sierra Lodge
3.5 out of 5
989 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV
The price is £687 per night from 30 Aug to 30 Aug
Situated near the beach, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park. Diamond Peak Ski ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)
Great, well-appointed stay
"The residences are perfect tor a family stay! Everything you need is there and ready. Location is great too."

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2020

Hyatt Residence Club Lake Tahoe, High Sierra Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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