Nestled in the northwestern part of the state, just a short jaunt from both Lake Tahoe and Reno, is Carson City, Nevada’s proud state capital. The city, built on the cornerstones of mining, logging and the mighty Virginia & Truckee Railroad, was named for frontiersman Christopher “Kit” Carson, who scouted the area for John C. Fremont in the mid 1840s. And while the city has all the modern amenities for a state capital could hope for, its roots are evident nearly everywhere you look.
Carson City does a fine job of melding shopping, dining, culture and nightlife while still maintaining its old-fashioned charm. Part of that can be credited to the grand structures gracing the downtown corridor, which houses shops, restaurants and museums. And that’s not including the original capitol building erected in 1870 and the later additions, which include the Legislative Building, Supreme Court and State Library and Archives, which all sit in a beautiful campus setting. Visitors to the picture-perfect downtown Carson City can visit the park-like grounds of the capitol, take a train ride at the Nevada State Railroad Museum or learn about Nevada’s more ancient history at the Nevada State Museum, formerly a U.S. mint. The Blue Line Trail is a self-guided year-round walk visitors can take to drink in some of the most historic spots in the city.