Guided Tour of Historic Virginia City and Carson City from South Lake Tahoe

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Travel back in time on this captivating guided tour of Historic Virginia City and Carson City from South Lake Tahoe. Follow the Pony Express Trail and discover America's largest historic landmark, Virginia City - the Comstock Lode. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this town, where Mark Twain once roamed the streets and experience the allure of the "Richest place on Earth". With a knowledgeable driver tour guide providing narrations on the region's history, geography, geology, flora, and fauna along the way, you'll be fully immersed in the story of this fascinating destination. The tour also includes a visit to The Way it was museum, offering a deeper insight into the past. Uncover the treasures of Virginia City and Carson City on this unforgettable adventure.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Suitable for 1-6 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Step back in time on this narrated tour
  • Visit America's largest historic landmark, Virginia City
  • Learn about the history, geography, and geology of the region
  • Explore the fascinating exhibits at The Way it was museum
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch and refreshment at The Delta Saloon
  • Professional guide
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch

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Experience the charm and rich history of Virginia City and Carson City on a guided tour that takes you back in time. Follow the Pony Express Trail as you journey to America's largest historic landmark, the Comstock Lode. This tour offers a glimpse into the past, transporting you to a time when Mark Twain roamed the streets and Virginia City was known as the "Richest place on Earth". With a knowledgeable driver tour guide, you'll learn about the history, geography, geology, flora, and fauna of the region, making this a truly educational and immersive experience.

What to expect?

During this 360-minute tour, you can expect to visit various key attractions in both Virginia City and Carson City. The tour begins with a narrated tour through Carson City, including a visit to the Governor's Mansion. Then, prepare to be amazed as you travel up Kingsbury Grade over Daggett Summit on your way to Virginia City. Once you arrive, you'll have the opportunity to explore the historic Comstock Lode, the last settlement on Virginia City. A highlight of the tour is a visit to The Way It Was Museum, where you can delve deeper into the fascinating history of the area.

Who is this for?

This guided tour is perfect for history enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and curious travelers alike. Whether you're a local looking to learn more about the region's history or a visitor eager to explore the Wild West, this tour offers something for everyone. It is also a great choice for families, providing an educational and engaging experience that will captivate both children and adults.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the captivating history of Virginia City and Carson City with this guided tour. It offers a unique opportunity to step back in time and witness the remnants of the Comstock Lode, a place that once held great wealth and importance. With a knowledgeable driver tour guide by your side, you'll gain insights into the history, geography, geology, flora, and fauna of the region, making this a truly enriching experience. From wandering the historic streets of Virginia City to visiting The Way It Was Museum, this tour provides a comprehensive exploration of the area's past.

Good to know

It's important to note that the total duration of the tour is approximately 360 minutes, ensuring you have ample time to soak in the history and beauty of Virginia City and Carson City. Don't forget to bring comfortable shoes, as there will be plenty of walking involved. Additionally, make sure to pack a camera to capture the charming historical sites and picturesque landscapes you'll encounter along the way.


Customers who have embarked on this guided tour have reported high levels of satisfaction with their experience. They rave about the knowledgeable tour guides who provide fascinating insights into the history and culture of the area. Visitors particularly enjoy exploring the Comstock Lode and The Way It Was Museum, where they are transported back in time through engaging exhibits and artifacts. Families appreciate the educational aspect of the tour, as it keeps children entertained and engaged throughout the journey. Overall, this guided tour of Historic Virginia City and Carson City promises to be a memorable and enriching experience for all who embark on it.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking



4.8 (17)


Just exceptional! We loved the entire trip, and our tour guide was super knowledgeable. This was well worth $70.00 and perhaps more. The visits to the governor's mansion, Virginia City, Carson City, around Lake Tahoe, and all the information about the gold rush, mining, real estate expansion, Native Americans, and pointing out hot springs, celebrity locations, etc was beyond what we expected on this tour. If we could give it six stars, we would. Well worth it. v/r, Dr. K. King


The driver was very knowledgeable, extremely friendly. He made the trip more enjoyable. Would highly recommend him


The driver/tour guide was informative and pleasant. Virginia City is interesting and Carson City as well. The issue I have is with the booking company. One of the pickup places was in front of Marriot Resorts and the listing didn’t say where you could park. Unless you are staying at this particular hotel there is no parking close by. Don’t make the mistake I made. I parked in a shopping center across from the hotel and didn’t realize it was a 2-hour limit. Ended up with a $200 parking fine.


Seeing Virginia City - yet not having to drive. Also to see the mines was an added bonus, not to mention the detour through Carson City


This is the great way to see the city and get some history. You ride a trolley car, and it is the Best $10 .00 I have spent.


Would have liked to have made stops in Carson City. Wasn't enough time spent in Virginia City to go thru all the shops but all in all it was the best of all the excursions I went on during this trip.


All of the land marks he stopped to point out if he had a chance to pull off the road, remembering where we were from very accommodating.


Nevada Smith gave us an informative and colorful story of the Gold Rush and the start of the settling of Virginia City and of the gold and silver mines. Saint Mary of the Mountains was the oldest Catholic Church and is beautiful—be aware that it is closed from 1-1:30 for their lunch.


This is a good way to learn a few things about the area’s history - from the Pony Express to the Gold and Silver strikes - with a local guide in a comfortable bus. The pickup locations are convenient, the drive is scenic. We got lots of ideas about places we could visit in Carson City. The stop in Virginia City includes an old time train trip through the area where the mining happened, and plenty of time in Virginia City to eat and browse. The churches and the school are worth a visit. Lots of options for lunch. The shops are all the same - and unless you are looking for some tourist souvenirs are not worth a visit. We had an enjoyable day.


Well planned, driver’s conversation was perfect mix of information and light banter...would and will enjoy future outings from you.
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