Go there - it's a great little city!
Not much to do when compared to Lake Tahoe or even Reno
In a nutshell
It is nice to drive throiugh but not much to do
Nevada State Museum
This museum is housed in a former US mint building and is really the one reason to go out of your way to visit Carson City. It has excellent displays on the Mint's history and the history of silver mining in Nevada.
Built in 1908, this mansion is amazingly accessible and fits in perfectly with the small town feel of Carson City. Instead of high fences and security guards, its just another house (albiet a pretty big one) in a residential neighborhood.
Carson Hot Springs Resort
There is one huge outdoor pool and a rather large round hot tub shaped pool . Inside there are perhaps 10 private mini spa rooms. These are rented for two hour intervals for $15/person list rate and also include use of the outdoor pools.Discounts are available, including...
Nevada State Railway Museum
This Museum preserves the heritage of the Virginia and Truckee (V&T) railway line that was used to ship ore from Virginia City on to Reno where it met the main train lines. During the summer months rides are availble from Carson to Virginia City on some of the historic...
Nevada State Capital and other govt buildings
Nevada's state capitol and its other government building are the major structures in Carson city. In fact it would be just a typical american small town if not for these buildings. The capitol building was built in 1870.
Paul Laxalt State Building
I think this is the most impressive building architecturally in Carson City. It is currently known as the Paul Laxalt State Building. But, when it was first built in 1891, it was the Post Office and Federal Building. It functioned as the Post Office for Carson City until...
The casinos in Carson City are vastly different from the mega resorts you find on the Las Vegas Strip. They are smaller, more "Mom and Pop" type places. All of them cater more to the locals than to tourists. Although there's no need to worry...they'll take your money just as...
Pho Country: Vietnamese Fast Food
Pho is a type of Rice Noodle Soup. This is basically a fast food restaurant with a décor of fast food chain crossed with Asia. The food seemed fresher though. This is a good choice if you want something different and are in a hurry.
I enjoyed the Pho.
Floral Vineyard & Khristophers Cafe: Great Italian Food in Carson City
Carson City's dining possibilities have never come close to overwhelming me in the 20 some years I have lived in the area. So I was pleasantly surprised when we stumbled upon Khristopher's Cafe a couple years ago. We have eaten here about a dozen times. The food has always...
Red's Old 395 Grill: Red's Old 395 Grill
Great food and great service ....Waitstaff friendly and the placewas very clean."Best Of Reno" - 2nd Place:Best Carson Restaurant
Reds Old 395 Grill is one of Carson City's premier steakhouses.Types of food served: Burgers - Pizza - BBQ - Steak - American
Cactus Joe's: what Else is there to Do?
I've never been inside a Casino, but if you are staying overnight, why not visit Cactus Joe's? Looks to be a nice sort of establishment, and who knows, you may just win something, haha.The red brick building is the Tourism Office.
Transfers from Reno to Carson (and Douglas)
If you do not need a rental car for your visit, you can easily get to Carson City, Douglas County and Reno.The "Pride" is a cheap bus that gets you to/from the airport, Reno, Carson, and Douglas County. http://www.rtcwashoe.com/transportation/pride/Once you are in Carson...
Celebratory Beers with Bob and Duey
After the hole in one, we had to at least celebrate the feat with a beer at the golf course. So we flagged down the cart girl and bought a few beers to toast my good fortune. According to Golf Digest the odds of getting a hole in one in any given round is 5,000 to 1....
The best day, ok second best day, of my life
I scored my only hole in one at this golf course in Carson City in 2002. I have no idea what the names of these two guys are, but they were playing in our foursome and were (are) autoworkers from Oklahoma City.The hole is a 156 yard par 3. I used a pitching wedge for my...
Watch the Weather
Carson City is still desert and the weather can change quickly and dramatically. While I was visiting it was fairly warm; then they predicted snow overnight. The snowfall did not quite get to the elevation of Carson City but was rather heavy slightly higher. You need to keep...
Virginia City should be on everyone's must see list when visiting Northern Nevada. Yes, it caters to tourists, and you'll find hordes of them strolling the boardwalk in the summer. But don't let that stop you. There's a reason it's overrun by tourists. Virginia City is one...
There is a long running dispute over which is the oldest town in Nevada, Genoa or Dayton. This has spilled over into The Oldest Bar in Nevada dispute. I tend to go with Genoa, but don't tell the people in Dayton I said that.Genoa was originally called Mormon Station, and was...
An intimidating First Tee
Carson City advertises itself as home to the "Divine Nine" Nine golf courses in this little town is fairly impressive. A few of the courses really are divine (like Genoa Lakes) but some are very ordinary (like Silver Oaks) and some are gimmicky (like this one Sunridge). But golf is golf and any golf beats a day at the office.
Written Feb 14, 2004
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St Peter's Church
This Gothic Revival church was built at a cost of $5,500 from 1867 to 1868, five years after the parish was organized. The first service was held in the church on August 9, 1868, although it was not consecrated until June 1870. The rectory, which stands to the south of the...
Time for a drink!
Strolling around the historic area, (was it Curry Street?), I came across the Old Globe Saloon. It certainly looked old from the outside, and, on entering, it was just as old on the inside too! As I was driving, I asked the landlord for a coffee. It may have been my English...
Explore Deeper into Carson City
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