Carson City: Small Town with Big Charm
Carson City may be a small capital city, but it packs big charm, history and culture. Just a short drive from Reno and Lake Tahoe, the laid-back atmosphere of Carson City poses an ideal base for hotel accommodation while visiting these major travel destinations.
Nevada State Capitol
A visit to the Nevada State Capitol is recommended to experience the history and culture of both Nevada and Carson City. When you tour this beautiful, neoclassical mansion constructed from native sandstone and marble features, you can view a wide range of historic artifacts and art works. After the mansion tour, you can walk around outside and relax among the picturesque grounds.
A stroll through Carson City’s historic downtown offers you opportunities to visit a number of art galleries, museums, shops and clubs. If you love antiques, the downtown area is teeming in vintage stores and bargain boutiques where you can find a wide range of yesteryear items from furniture to toys, housewares, Old West Americana and automobile memorabilia. A great thing to do in the downtown area is to walk the Kit Carson Trail that takes you along beautiful Victorian homes, old churches and historic landmarks.
Nevada State Museum
One of Carson City’s most popular attractions, the Nevada State Museum is where you can experience Nevada’s natural history and culture first hand through interactive exhibits. Here, you can see the fossils of prehistoric animals up close and observe Native American artifacts and art works. You can also walk through an authentic mine, a ghost town and the Carson City Mint where millions of silver and gold coins were once minted.
Arts and Culture
With the many heritage museums and cultural centers in Carson City, you can step back into time and experience what life was like in Nevada during the 1800s. At the Nevada State Railroad Museum, you can learn about the city’s railroad history while viewing old photographs, rail equipment, restored coaches, freight cars and steam locomotives.
Both the Stewart Indian School and the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center feature exhibits dedicated to Native American history, agriculture and art. If you want to enjoy a live performance, the Brewery Art Center is a small venue with excellent seats and excellent productions.
For outdoor recreation, Carson City offers several parks with green spaces, ponds, athletic fields, swimming pools and trails where you can enjoy the likes of picnicking, fishing, tennis, softball, volleyball, basketball, walking and jogging. The largest of the city parks is Mills Park, which features a children’s train ride, playground, various tracks and ball courts. Ross Gold Park offers a fish-stocked pond for anglers of all ages.
Golfers will be spoiled for choice in their pick of nine different top-rated golf courses all located within just 40 minutes of one another. Called the Divine Nine, these individually owned courses were designed by professional golfers like Johnny Miller and Arnold Palmer.
Located in a desert region, Carson City features a climate with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters with some moderate snowfall.
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