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Carson & Virginia: A Tale of Two “Cities”


The Capital City of Nevada, Carson City began as a stopover for California bound emigrants, but developed into a major city with the discovery of silver in the mountains. It’s been the state capital since 1864. Virginia City developed virtually overnight as a boomtown as a result of the silver strike in the region. 




Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at our office via your home pick-up and board your bus for Carson City. There’s a break for lunch at a popular Basque-style restaurant in Gardnerville. The Stewart School is one of many where Native Americans were educated from 19890-1990. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the school represents a huge piece of local history. Your tour includes a chance to interact with a native guide. Following the tour and a refreshment break, arrive at the Gold Dust West Casino Hotel. This evening, meet a famous local visitor… (L)

Day 2

After a short walking tour to meet some of Carson City's ghosts, head to Virginia City, called the Queen of the Comstock. The silver boom started in 1859 and lasted almost two decades, driving the population to almost 18,000 people. Today, only a few hundred residents live here. Your visit features a trolley tour of town. End the day with dinner back in Carson City. (B,D)

Day 3

A docent meets us at the Nevada State Museum, to bring all the history to life. There’s even a stamping press from the old Carson City Mint. After lunch in Reno, head home via I-80. (B,L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Thursday, May 20, 2021 to Saturday, May 22, 2021

3 Days, 5 Meals

2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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