Carson City, NV
Carson City is not only Nevada's capital, but also a fast growing town attracting both retirees and young workers who want to live in a safe city close to the area's outdoor activities and events. Located about half an hour south of Reno, Carson City is home to the state's legislature, governor, courthouses and all the amenities you will need while traveling through the Silver State.
Must see in Carson City
Carson City's downtown area is typical small town with historical buildings, government buildings with massive trees and lush landscaping and even the governor's own mansion, tucked into a small neighborhood. Some of the best things to see within this area are the Nevada State Museum with its historical and interactive displays, the Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Saturday Farmer's Market during the summer months.
Where to stay in Carson City
Carson City has many small motels, casinos or bed and breakfasts. Most of them are located very close to downtown or on the main road through the city. Families interested in history might like to stay in one of the restored historical B&B's in the older neighborhoods, while the best deals are usually found at the downtown casino hotels.
Best and worst time go to Carson City
The best time to visit Carson City is during the summer and fall when most special events are happening and the best outdoor opportunities can be enjoyed. It can get very cold and snowy in the winter, but Carson City is about 45 minutes from the South Lake Tahoe ski resorts if you want some winter fun.
Where to get lost in Carson City
The older neighborhoods around Curry Street or around the governor's mansion have some darling, historical homes with fairytale gardens. Several times a year the city offers tours of these homes. Carson City is also home to several supposedly haunted homes, and during Halloween ghost tours are also offered.
The best deal in Carson City
The Jack C. Davis Observatory at Western Nevada College in Carson City will offer free public telescope viewings on clear nights. The Observatory is located on a hill above the city with great views of the sky and mountains. Carson City's public pool is also a great deal. For only $4 families can enjoy three large pools and an outdoor water slide.
Transportation in Carson City
To see the entire area including Virginia City, Dayton and Lake Tahoe, visitors may want to rent a car. However, Carson City does have a public transportation system. The JAC (Jump Around Carson) bus has routes all over the city. The RTC (Regional Transportation System) bus offers daily rides into Reno.
Getting In from Reno-Tahoe International Airport
Carson City does have a small regional airport, but most airline traffic will be from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in central Reno. Having a rental car will help with the 30 minute drive to the airport, but there are several buses or the Airporter service that will drop you off in Reno.
Local tip for visitors to Carson City
Carson City is about 20 minutes north of the small town of Genoa. This charming place at the base of the Carson Range is Nevada's oldest town, and has an award-winning French restaurant, antique and clothing shops, several small parks and a hot springs resort with hotel and restaurant.
Author's bio: Christina Nellemann has been living and writing the Reno-Tahoe area for over 30 years and loves the Saturday Farmer's Markets in the summer and the Carson City views in the winter.