Carson City Nevada
The St. Charles Hotel, built in the 1860s, in downtown Carson City
Scenic view of the calm Carson River
Sunset casting shadows over the mountains surrounding the city
Children exploring the shore of Lake Tahoe near Carson City
Farmland just outside the city
Golden sunrise with rays of light touching the high desert area
Gazebo on a hillside at the Washoe Lake Overlook
Traffic blurs outside the Carson Nugget hotel and casino
- Major Airports:
- Reno/Tahoe (RNO)
- Sacramento (SMF)
The Nevada frontier city rides again
The Great Outdoors
Cycling is a way of life in Carson City, where backcountry or mountain bike riders can try out historic flume trails dating to the 1850s. Those preferring to be on the water can head to Washoe Lake State Park for boating, fishing and paddling opportunities in addition to a majestic view of the Sierra Nevada range. A trip to Fuji Park and Fairgrounds, which frequently hosts rodeo, livestock and motorcycle shows, will remind you the city was settled by ranchers. Children will enjoy Mills Park, which includes a mini-railroad and a skate park. If you’re feeling bold, go hang gliding over Lake Tahoe.
History Along the Trail
Sometimes the best way to learn a city’s story is to walk right through it, which is the theory behind the Kit Carson Trail, known as the “Blue Line Trail.” On this route, you’re guided past 60 historic places, including the Governor’s Mansion, The Brewery Arts Center and the Nevada State Capitol. For more perspective, visit the Nevada State Museum, itself a historic building, which offers a replica of a ghost town and a recreated 19th century mine to experience.
After a thrilling bike ride, paddling adventure or mountain climb, a visit to Carson Hot Springs, a natural attraction since 1849, is the cure. The mineral water flows at a steady 49.4 degrees Celsius year-round. In town, visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum to learn all about the Virginia and Truckee Railroad and see dozens of locomotives and train cars. The Stewart Indian School will give you an education in a boarding school project that spanned 100 years and once removed children from their families. The site’s 63 structures are on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1859, prospectors were looking for gold near Carson City; what they hit instead was the Comstock Lode, the largest silver discovery in the world.
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