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Carson City, NV
Travel Guide

Sand Harbor of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park

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.

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 $179 per night from May 16 to May 16
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! (960 reviews)
"Spacious comfortable room. Pandemic policies strictly upheld. Excellent dining in Provision, Sierra Cafe, Lone Eagle Grill"

Reviewed on May 13, 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 $89 per night from May 16 to May 16
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! (973 reviews)
"Clean and quiet. Front desk person was very helpful"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Carson City Plaza Hotel and Event Center
My Place Hotel-Carson City NV
My Place Hotel-Carson City NV
2.5 out of 5
17 Hospitality Way, Carson City, NV
The price is $90 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
Situated in Carson City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Silver Oak Golf Course and Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. Western Nevada College and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (152 reviews)
"Having ice and full refrigerator and stovetop."

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

My Place Hotel-Carson City NV
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.
Comfortable Upscale Remodeled House 5 Bedrooms 3 Baths
Comfortable Upscale Remodeled House 5 Bedrooms 3 Baths
Incline Village, NV
Situated in Incline Village, this vacation home is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata-Guttman Music Hall and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Diamond ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Excellent house
"The house is big, comfortable accommodates 3 families, large kitchen and dining area, as well as living room. Mattresses are comfortable. Easy parking. Great place, will definitely come back!"

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

Comfortable Upscale Remodeled House 5 Bedrooms 3 Baths
Incline Village Mountain Shadows Condominium Unit #139
Incline Village Mountain Shadows Condominium Unit #139
Incline Village, NV
Situated in Incline Village, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Lake Tahoe-Nevada ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
This place is wonderful!
"We really enjoyed our stay. This place is so clean you feel like you're in a hotel (but better), from the soaps and towels they give you to the fully loaded kitchen it really is more than we had hoped for. I expected to have a few dishes in the kitchen, but they have everything you'll need, spices ..."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

Incline Village Mountain Shadows Condominium Unit #139
Updated Close To The Lake Condo
Updated Close To The Lake Condo
Incline Village, NV
This family-friendly Incline Village condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata-Guttman Music Hall and Tahoe Institute ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (77 reviews)
Perfect Condo for family of 4
"This condo is at the perfect location in Incline Village. 1-2 min drive to Raley’s and our favorite restaurants in town. We also ski at Diamond Peak which is also a 5 min drive. The bedroom are so clean and comfortable. Each has a TV so adults and kids can watch different shows. Parking is great, ..."

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Updated Close To The Lake Condo
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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Gracey

Jun 2, 2020

Very close to Lake Tahoe. 20-25mins to Sand Harbor.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

We loved it! Will definitely come back!

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

May 18, 2020

Nothing was open and road construction everywhere

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

I would love to live in Carson City if I could afford to live there, I'm retired and re-locating is out of the question, but I go a couple times a month.

3/5 - Okay

Tim

Mar 14, 2020

Really, really liked the train museum. It deserves a more prominent role. Great people working there, obviously truly involved with what they do. Loved it!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Ease of finding places and the scenery.

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