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Historical Itinerary

Looking Back in Time

Historical Itinerary

Morning

Need to fuel up before you begin your day? Try local favorite The Cracker Box for a stick-to-the-ribs meal. Looking for something lighter or a bakery item? L.A. Bakery, Schatz Bakery or Artisan Cafe are great options too. Once that caffeine kicks in, it's time to explore Carson City's history firsthand by walking the Kit Carson Trail. This historic walking or driving trail explores Carson City's Historic West Side with beautifully preserved homes.

Afternoon

Need a lunch option? Battle Born Social or Gather are perfect stops downtown walk-able from your next stop, the Nevada State Museum. Kids and adults love the interactive exhibits. The NSM holds Coin Press #1 inside the original Mint building. Join them on Fridays and Saturdays for special demonstrations of the press as they celebrate the Mint's 150th anniversary.

If you have young children with you, the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada is the perfect attraction to let the kids and their imaginations run wild. The museum is located just a couple blocks north of the Nevada State Museum.

Evening

For the last stop, hop in the car and head over to Stewart Indian School. For 90 years the school operated as a federal commitment to pursue American Indian education in Nevada. It has a dark but proud history that is displayed in the new cultural center and museum now open to the public. If weather allows, a self-guided cell phone audio-tour is available anytime to tour the beautiful, well-preserved campus.

If leaving downtown isn't an option, take the short walk to the Capitol grounds to explore the beautiful trees or explore through the Battle Born Hall exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Capitol Building. Free tours available on Saturdays.

Need a bite to eat before heading home? Mangia Tutto is the best sport for Chicago deep-dish or wonderful, hearty, Italian eats.

Day 1

Day one is all about hitting the trails! Need to fuel up before you start your day? Try local favorite The Cracker Box for a stick-to-the-ribs meal. Looking for something lighter or a bakery item? L.A. Bakery, or Schatz Bakery are great options too. Once that caffeine kicks in, it's time to hit the trail, first up is the Kit Carson Trail, a historic walking or driving trail through Carson City's Historic West Side.

After the Kit Carson Trail, if lunch is needed, Battle Born Social or Gather are perfect stops downtown before hopping in the car to hit your second trail, the Kings Canyon Waterfall Trail, a quick 5 minute drive from downtown. Along the way on Kings Canyon Road you'll see historic markers. Just before the trail head on the left you'll see a beautiful valley and a historical marker of the original ranch & land that was purchased that began Carson City. The trail head starts a beautiful .25 mile easy hike to the 25-foot tall Kings Canyon Waterfall. There is also a mile loop, and a 3 mile loop for the adventurous souls.

For the last stop, hop in the car and head over to Stewart Indian School. For 90 years the school operated as a federal commitment to pursue American Indian education in Nevada. It has a dark but proudly-reclaimed history that is displayed in the new cultural center and museum now open to the public. If weather allows, a self-guided cell phone audio-tour is available anytime to tour the beautiful, well-preserved campus.

If leaving downtown isn't an option, take the short walk to the Capitol grounds to explore the beautiful trees or explore through the Battle Born Hall exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Capitol Building. Free tours available on Saturdays.

Day 2

All aboard! Day 2 is an adventure on the historic V&T Railway (runs May-Dec, Late Nov-Dec is Polar Express Only). Grab a quick bite at your hotel or Old World Coffee for a coffee and pastry. Be sure to make it to the depot before the train leaves to Virginia City at 10am. This relaxing, all-day train excursion is fully narrated with historical facts and anecdotes. Departing from Carson Cityโ€™s Eastgate Depot, the 24-mile round-trip tour includes a fun 3.5-hour stopover in historic Virginia City, where you can stroll the boardwalks and explore restaurants, shops, saloons, museums, mines and more. One-way trips based on availability. Enjoy the rolling hills and wild horses along the way.

Take some time to relax after the train by grabbing a beer at the award-winning Shoe Tree Brewery before grabbing dinner next door at Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint. If Hot Springs are your cup of tea, plan ahead and bring your suit to soak, as the Hot Springs share the same parking lot as Sassafras and Shoe Tree.

If joining us in Carson City January through early May when the V&T isn't running, the Nevada State Railroad Museum is another great option to get your train fix in. With one of the most unique fleets in the world, it's a must-stop attraction in Carson City.

We also suggest wandering over to our neighbors in Carson Valley. Genoa is Nevada's first settlement, a beautiful town to wander around. You must stop at Genoa Bar, the oldest operating bar in Nevada. Carson City and Carson Valley are great areas for Antiquing as well.

Day 3

Get fueled up before another day of museum hopping at Mom & Pops diner. We suggest their (huge) famous cinnamon rolls.

Your first stop is the Nevada State Museum (closed Mondays). It's a must-see for history buffs as kids and adults love the interactive exhibits. The NSM holds Coin Press #1 inside the original Mint building. Join them on Friday's and Saturday's for special demonstrations of the press as they celebrate the Mint's 150th anniversary.

If you have young children with you the Children's Museum of Northern Nevada is the perfect attraction to let the kids and their imaginations run wild. The museum is located just a couple blocks north of the Nevada State Museum.

If you're looking to grab lunch afterwards, Fox Brewpub is located in the very historical St. Charles Hotel building, one of Carson City's most beautifully preserved historic buildings. If just looking for a coffee break, Comma Coffee just 2 doors down is one of Carson City's most eclectic restaurants.

At this point in your trip, if you haven't hit the Nevada Sate Railroad Museum or the Capitol building, we highly suggest making them a priority on your last day. For added history, the Battle Born Memorial and the Veterans Memorial sit just behind the Capitol Building on the capitol grounds.

Looking for dinner before you leave? Carson Cityโ€™s newest restaurant downtown is Cucina Lupo is a unique and modern spin on Italian fare.