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Hidden Gems: Carson City, Nevada

November 8th, 2010

carson-city-nevada-travel.jpgIf you are looking for an eco-friendly or “green” travel destination then Carson City and other destinations around the I-80 corridors in northern Nevada are places that will not disappoint you. Running from the salt flats of western Utah and eastern Nevada to the California-Nevada border, there are plenty of sites to see and plenty of history to experience.

Leaving from the western side of the state, the first real gem anyone will find is the “Biggest Little City in the World”. Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Reno provides a good place for any green traveler to use as a kick-off point for the many areas to explore in western Nevada.

The first historical place to explore would be Carson City, Nevada. Located about 30 miles south of Reno, Carson City can be reached by car or an intercity bus that takes riders between the two cities. Officially named Carson City in 1858, it became the state capitol on October 31, 1864, the same day Nevada became a state.

After getting off the bus at the Carson Nugget stop, an eco-friendly explorer is within walking distance of numerous sites to explore. You can start by walking through the state capitol building. This is a location that is free to explore and worth the time to do so. When you arrive at the State Capitol you will be greeted by a small park-like setting. You will walk through the trees up to the front door of the building. Once inside and through security you will find a small museum of Nevada history, and a gallery of paintings of past Nevada governors.

Returning outside if you head north on Carson street (U.S. highway 395) you will find the Carson Mint, which is now the Nevada State museum on the west side of the street. Established in 1863 but not completed until 1870, the Carson Mint stamped silver coins until it closed 23 years later. There is a fee for this attraction, but it is only a nominal price to pay for learning about a wealth of history.

If you are up to a short walk (roughly a mile) you can make your way over to the Nevada Railroad Museum. While it is free for people under age 18, adults can expect to pay a small fee.

Along with a wealth of museums, Carson City has a tour of historic houses for those travelers ready for a hike. A few of the more notable houses would be the Ferris mansion, former home of George Ferris, the inventor of the Ferris wheel. Another notable home is the Clemens house, which is the former home of Orion Clemens, brother of the great Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain).

After arriving back in Reno eco-travelers can start planning their next day’s trip up to Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake, or Virginia City. All three of these hidden gems are located in the mountains of western Nevada.

Lake Tahoe will be the next destination discussed for the eco-friendly travelers of the I-80 Corridors.


This article was supplied by the freelance writer Blizzerand.


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