As seen on TV – but so much more in real life – Virginia City is the original site of the Comstock Lode, the home to many ghost stories, a former fashion capitol of the United States, and a beautiful bonanza in the midst of a desert landscape. With its perfectly preserved Wild West appeal, endless shops and iconic architecture, Virginia City truly is a must-see that defies any simple explanation.
Stroll into Virginia City for just one second and most visitors will register that the city in and of itself is a must-see. Beyond its epic architecture and the jovial spirit of the local community, there is so much more. The walking tour of the city will reveal an exciting history of the area’s surface, while Virginia City’s many mine tours – including the trolley tours – reveal what’s beneath. When you’re done traveling the beaten paths, take a stroll down the city’s central avenue for good eats, candies, antiques, saloons and more.
A real town with an unreal backyard, Truckee offers access to world-class adventure right from your doorstep. Whether it’s mountain or road biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, golf or other activities you seek, Truckee’s authentic vibe and welcoming spirit have truly made it “Base Camp for a Big Life.” Located just 15-minutes from both Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows and Northstar California Resort, this California mountain town’s rich history and vibrant concentration of arts and culture are widely celebrated, and its sophisticated cuisine and thriving craft beverage scene are defining new epicurean experiences for those looking for memorable mountain town experiences.
Stroll through Truckee’s historic downtown, pause and enjoy an inspired culinary experience, or sip a craft brew at one of many popular taprooms. Tour one of Truckee’s many historical sites, participate in regular historical storytelling and cultural events, and find out what makes this mountain town one of just a handful of California’s unique cultural districts. Visit Donner Lake, explore the museum at Donner Memorial State Park to learn about the emigrant experience and the infamous Donner Party, and don’t miss the panoramic views from the Old Highway 40 lookout. There’s no shortage of adventure right from your doorstep when you’re in Truckee.
1 hr 20 Mins
Homewood, Meeks Bay, South Lake Tahoe/Stateline, Meyers, Kirkwood, Heavenly, Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook
South Lake Tahoe represents the southern half of the United States’ largest, second deepest alpine lake. Like its northernmost counterpart, South Lake Tahoe boasts no shortage of restaurants, ski resorts, beaches, and community activities. Whether you’re a solo adventurer in search of a secluded beach, or a family planning a fun day in the sun, South Lake Tahoe has something for you.
During the summer, take in the breathtaking views of Emerald Bay’s nationally famous sparkling waters and consider scuba diving at this underwater state park. From there, hike the established trail to the legendary Vikingsholm Castle, which operates guided tours of the palatial property. Famished? Stroll Lake Tahoe Boulevard, where restaurants to suit every palate are suitably appointed for your perusal.
Alpine Meadows, Carnelian Bay, Crystal Bay, Donner Summit, Incline Village, Kings Beach, Northstar, Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Truckee, West Shore
Called the “crown jewel of the Sierra Nevada”, Lake Tahoe is home to the largest alpine lake in North America. Spanning two states and boasting two dozen beaches, twelve ski resorts, year-round community events, boating, hiking, bars and restaurants, North Lake Tahoe offers the ultimate mountain experience.
In the summer, follow the North Lake Tahoe Water Trail to the Tahoe Vista Recreation area and boat launch – offering movies on the beach, watercraft rentals, and a dip in Tahoe’s refreshing waters. In the winter, ski resorts like Squaw Valley and Diamond Peak provide a bevy of services and activities for winter sportsmen and leisure travelers alike. Need to wind down after an intense day on the trail or run? Craft beer enthusiasts can sample locally-made brews year round on North Lake Tahoe’s Ale Trail.
Situated among a variant landscape of alpine trees, bodies of water, desert landscapes and farmland, Carson City is the capital of the state of the Nevada. It is in Carson City where many of the key decisions about Nevada’s relationship with the broader United States are decided. It is also here where many of Nevada’s citizens choose to live a quiet, comfortable life conveniently adjacent to Nevada’s various other offerings.
Walk the halls of power in the state of Nevada by visiting the Nevada State Capitol Building and grounds. Then, when you’re done learning about the place where much of the state’s future is decided, pay a visit to the Nevada State Railroad museum, where you can learn more about Nevada’s past. After a long day of touring, stroll down Curry Street for a bite to eat and to pick up souvenirs at unique shops like Hannifin’s Antiques, Due Sorella, and Westwall Militaria. For the adventurous, sporty or photographically inclined, a hike up Prison Hill will reward adventures with a stunning 360 view of the region.
15 mins (To Downtown Reno)
Call it what you will, but Reno is nothing if not authentic. Although this Northern Nevadan hub is home to a growing entrepreneurial scene that is quickly changing the face of the community, Reno continues to retain the bold and scrappy pioneer character that sets it apart from so many communities. If you’re looking for an adventure to remember for a lifetime, Reno is a great place to start.
The recently reconstructed Virginia Street Bridge cuts right across the Truckee River, which provides seasonal opportunities for rafting, swimming and kayaking. The burgeoning Midtown district offers an array of award-winning restaurants and breweries, such as Midtown Eats and The Brewer’s Cabinet. Visitors can also hike dozens of nearby trails offering stunning views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Reno is also home to the beautiful and booming University of Nevada – the home of the Wolf Pack.