Carson City Travel Guide

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Carson City Things 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.

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  • Governor's Mansion

    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.

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  • 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 discounts for children and seniors There are men and women's shower rooms but...

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  • 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 trains preserved here.

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  • Nevada State Capital and other govt...

    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.

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  • 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 1970. Today it is the home of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, along with...

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  • Local Casinos

    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 easily as a Carsonite's.Downtown, the 2 main casinos are the Carson Nugget...

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  • State Capitol Building

    Compared to most US State Capitol Buildings, the Nevada State Capitol is vastly understated. Most State Capitol buildings look like carbon copies of the US Capitol in Washington, DC. There are some notable exceptions, such as Oregon and Nebraska. But, while those building go in an extreme opposite direction, the Nevada State Capitol Building looks...

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  • Nevada State Railroad Museum

    A must for Rail fans, the Nevada State Railroad Museum is divided into 3 basic sections. Outside, there is a water tank and the restored Wabuska station. There is also a turntable for the engines and rolling stock, as well as a short circular track that offers train rides during the summer, and on scheduled weekends throughout the year. The...

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Carson City Restaurants

  • 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.

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  • 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 been excellent and the service great. We have only dined here for lunch and...

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  • 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

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  • The Chocolate Is Best

    They have old equipment outside to offer a historical persective. They actually have old coolers inside used to keep the soda pops cold.

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  • The Chocolate Is Best

    I tried their carmel corn and it is all right, but expensive. They have old stuff in the Carson City factory outlet to look at. Besides the candy that looks, good I tried their chocolate that they give out as samples and it is really good.

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  • Best Margaritas & Nachos in Carson!

    For the best Mexican food around, go to El Charro Avitia. Good atmosphere for all, including families. It's worth a drive from Tahoe or Reno! I doubt you'd be disappointed by anything on their menu -- I've enjoyed every dish I've had so far.

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Carson City Nightlife

  • 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.

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  • Carson City's Casinos

    This being Nevada, the casinos are the place for nightlife. In Carson City the Nugget is the casino to go to. However, I prefer to make the short trip up to the Tahoe Stateline casinos for live shows, more excitement, and more 'glitz'.

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Carson City Transportation

  • Transfers from Reno to Carson (and...

    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 City however, public transit (JAL - "Jump Around Carson") is not as developed,...

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  • Watch Out for Road Construction

    Traffic congestion is usually slow in the small downtown area, but a bypass is suppose to be built starting this year. So, I would imagine the roads will be even worse than normal once the construction starts!;) Also, this area is growing by leaps and bounds, so it's likely you'll "run into" road construction somewhere in Carson Valley.

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Carson City Local Customs

  • 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. Difficult, but not impossible. I estimate that I probably played about 1000 rounds...

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  • The best day, ok second best day, of my...

    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 ace.When a golfer gets a hole in one it is customary to buy everyone drinks at...

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Carson City Warnings and Dangers

  • 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 an eye on the weather here.

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  • This is the High Desert - Be Careful!

    Remember that Nevada is a desert and has lots of lonely roads and empty spaces. Be sure to have basic emergency supplies when you travel, especially water. Let someone know where you're going if you planning an overnight camping trip or long hike - check in the forestry dept at the very least. Also, northern Nevada can be quite cold during the...

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Carson City Off The Beaten Path

  • Virginia City

    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 of the best preserved mining towns in the American West.The Comstock, as the...

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  • Genoa, Nevada

    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 settled by a group of Mormons. At the time, what is now Nevada was part of...

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  • Fort Churchill State Historic Park

    About an hour east of Carson City, lies one of the more interesting historic sites in the Carson City area, Fort Churchill. Today, it is little more than ruins, baking in the sun. But in it's heyday, Fort Churchill was a bustling place with 58 buildings and approx. 200 soldiers. The fort was built by the US Army in 1860 in response to the so called...

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Carson City Sports & Outdoors

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    by zrim Written Feb 14, 2004

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    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.

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Carson City Favorites

  • 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 church, was built as a private residence in 1867. It was purchased by the...

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  • 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 accent, but I don't think he understood me, but he appeared to think I was...

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  • The Former post Office Building

    Originally, the building in this photo functioned as the Carson City Post Office, Land Office, Weather Bureau and U.S. District Court. It included Carson City's first and only clock tower, which rises approximately 106 feet above street level. In 1935, an elevator was installed, the first in Carson City. In 1971, the building ceased to function as...

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    Apr 29, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Can I get transportation, i.e. taxi etc from Reno, NV airport to points in Carson City

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