Planning a Year of Celebration Vacations in Carson City

If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s to enjoy life’s moments and share in good times with loved ones and friends. Rather than dismiss many of life’s major milestones, now, more than ever, people are looking for getaways and destinations where they can bring their families and friends to celebrate.

With a new year around the corner, it’s time to start planning and considering where to visit in 2023. Carson City, Nevada, offers a variety of celebration vacation ideas year round.

Winter Celebration Vacation: The Romantic Getaway

Cozy up in Carson City, Nevada for an idyllic and romantic getaway destination. Near world-class ski resorts and just 25 minutes from the shores of Lake Tahoe, Carson City is a great jumping off point for winter activities. You and your boo can hit the slopes or go on a snowshoeing expedition at the Hobart Reservoir Trail.

In the evening, come back down the mountain and try one of Carson City’s many romantic food and drink options. The two of you can cozy up together by a fire pit while enjoying drinks at the Fox Brewpub or savor small bites and wine at Piazza Bar. Cap off your night at Bank Saloon, where you’ll enjoy handcrafted cocktails with a Silver State twist.

There’s also a stellar option where couples can view the moon and the stars by attending a Saturday Night Star Party, held every third Saturday of the month at the Jack C. Davis Observatory. Those looking for live entertainment, are encouraged to check out the schedule at the Nashville Social Club.

Spring Celebration Vacation: The Bring Family or Friends Trip

A celebration vacation can take many forms. You may want to reward your family with a vacation over Spring Break or maybe you want to celebrate by creating a reunion with old friends. Carson City’s many historical sites are entertaining, educational and enjoyable to see with either friends, family or both. The Stewart School Cultural Center and Nevada State Museum bring Carson City’s past to life with exhibits that showcase Nevada’s eclectic history and distinct place within the American West.

This April 21-23 marks the inaugural Mark Twain Days Festival which includes a bevy of events that celebrate the wise-cracking writer who helped define Carson City. Visitors will want to check out the Twain Ride, a VIP Cocktail Rail Excursion on Friday, April 21 or the Bowtie Ball, a gilded age fancy dress gala at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Governor’s Mansion.

 Summer Celebration Vacation: Adventure in the Great Outdoors

Carson City’s proximity to the Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake Tahoe screams “Adventure!” Plan a celebration vacation that allows you to reconnect with nature and celebrate living in the moment. Hiking trails such as the Ash to King’s Trail show off Carson City’s beautiful natural scenery.

During the summer, water sports like kayaking through the 12.6 mile Carson River Aquatic Trail takes boaters on a journey through a canyon and past relics of the Comstock mining era. For the truly adventuresome, Hang Gliding Tahoe provides visitors with a sense of freedom and a rare, aerial view of the Sierras.

Fall Celebration Vacation: Relaxation Maximization

Sometimes, you just want to relax and recharge. In Carson City, practicing self-care can easily be the focus of a celebration vacation. The Carson Hot Springs Resort is located on a natural hot spring with the second purest water in the world. Next, head to Shoe Tree Brewing Co., Carson City’s oldest and most award-winning brewery and treat yourself to a cold one. Then, enjoy some comfort food at Sassafras, an eclectic food joint. Do all three and you’ll have completed Carson City’s Triathlon.

Ready for more? Don’t miss Carson River Park for a calming and reflective stroll. Autumn provides the ideal setting for a leaf peeping session in this dog-friendly park. It has the largest grove of changing leaves within city limits and is known for its tall cottonwood trees that turn a deep shade of yellow and complement Carson’s baby blue skies. Relax and enjoy this fall treat.


This New Year, resolve to celebrate in style with a Carson City Celebration Vacation. Don’t be afraid to mix and match many of these vacation suggestions and come up with your own itinerary. As you decide who you want to surround you during your celebration vacation, explore lodging options designed for small or larger groups, with many budgets in mind. Only a few words of caution: through your planning, you may discover that multiple trips are required because one celebration vacation simply isn’t enough to experience Carson City.


Cheers to you and your milestones, whatever they may be, in the year ahead!