Virginia City is calling! Discover its entertainment, history, beer, and more.

Virginia City is a ghost town that is still very much alive. Designated a National Historic Landmark District, the small town is brimming with heritage artifacts and preserved architecture. Ride the historic train, try your luck panning for gold, get involved in exciting live theater shows and spend the night amid the atmosphere at a period hotel.

Stroll through the old-fashioned streets of Virginia City and experience life as it was in the Old West during the late 19th-century gold mining boom. This boomtown was at its peak in the 1860s, when it was home to great wealth and little law enforcement. See some of the town’s colorful stories come to life with a performance by the Virginia City Players in the historic old theater. Head to the Gilbert Brewery to enjoy locally brewed beer and a live cabaret show.

The little ones will love the River of Gold mining exhibit, where they can learn about the history of the gold rush in this area and try their luck at panning for the precious metal. Jump on board the Alder Gulch Shortline to visit the neighboring town of Nevada City, situated 25 minutes away on the scenic open-top train. In Nevada City, you can check out a fascinating historical museum and music hall. The scenery in between the two towns is stunning and you can see where the gold rush began nearby pretty Alder Creek, one of the richest gold strike regions in the Rocky Mountains.

Stay overnight in historic lodgings complete with period furnishings and beautiful antiques. Shop for interesting souvenirs and keepsakes on the town’s shopping strip or buy treats at old-fashioned confectionary shops. You can dine at a selection of local restaurants or pack a picnic to enjoy a meal with a view from Boot Hill, the old cemetery and park overlooking the town and surrounding area.

Virginia City and Nevada City are located in south central Montana. The nearest airport is Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, located 69 miles (111 kilometers) away. The region is best visited during the warmer months, as some attractions and hotels close during the winter period.

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Entertainment, Historical Buildings and Coffee

Top Hotels in Virginia City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Just An Experience Bed and Breakfast
Just An Experience Bed and Breakfast
3 out of 5
1570 MT-287, Virginia City, MT
per night
Oct 23 - Oct 24

Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is 9.1 mi (14.7 km) from Madison Valley History Museum and 11.3 mi (18.2 km) from Ruby Valley Ditch. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)

"The history in the property itself and it’s right in between Nevada and Virginia City. Perfect location to view everything before we went out of town. We learned tons over breakfast about the founder of the city and everything he created!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2019

Just An Experience Bed and Breakfast
Nevada City Hotel
Nevada City Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1578 US Highway 287, Virginia City, MT

Situated in Virginia City, this hotel is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) from Madison Valley History Museum and 10.4 mi (16.7 km) from Ruby Valley Ditch. Wildlife Museum of ...

4/5Very Good! (82 reviews)

"Check in was quick and easy. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The hotel and surroundings take you back to the early mining days. The Star Cafe and Bakery were outstanding! The very best!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

Nevada City Hotel
Fairweather Inn
Fairweather Inn
2 out of 5
307 West Wallace Street, Virginia City, MT

Situated in Virginia City, this hotel is 8.6 mi (13.8 km) from Madison Valley History Museum and 11.8 mi (19 km) from Ruby Valley Ditch. Wildlife Museum of the ...

4.1/5Very Good! (36 reviews)

"Old historic hotel that has been restored and furnished."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2019

Fairweather Inn

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4/5 - Good

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Sep 28, 2019

Virginia City was more for tourists. We really loved Nevada City, lots of historic sites.

5/5 - Excellent


Sep 11, 2019

If you are interested in old west history, Virginia City area is the place to go.

5/5 - Excellent

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Aug 31, 2019

Amazing people who live, and work in Virginia City. Mark at The Bale of Hay Bar was a great guy. Louis the guide with the Ghost tour was very informative and really knew her history of the town.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 17, 2019

I'm not too sure that The Virginia City Players should have rewritten Alice in Wonderland. Strange rendition. Had dinner at Wells Fargo. Excellent.

4/5 - Good


Jul 14, 2019

I love Virginia city. Have been going there yearly for quite a few years. I wish they kept some of the attractions open later. The town shuts down to early for a weekend

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 13, 2019

Wonderful western town with great preservations of the old west. Educational too!