We know time is your most precious resource so we created a list of suggested itineraries to choose from so you can make the most of your visit to our enchanted destination.
1. Ride the famous Virginia & Truckee Railway from Carson City to Virginia City Friday.
For rates and schedule, visit virginiatruckee.com.
2. A Road Less Traveled
An exclusive journey for the discriminating traveler - a guided tour through the some of the oldest Comstock Cemeteries - on and off road. This all-day journey begins with a continental breakfast, off road trip to Gold Hill and to Scorpion Hill, home to the second Catholic graveyard in Virginia City. As you approach the next abandoned graveyard, you see a white draped linen and Victorian set table. Secret Service Catering stands ready to serve your four-course lunch under the shaded trees of this rarely visited Mt. Pleasant cemetery. Your hosts are Candace Wheeler and Heather Beaupre.
For more information or to book this one of a kind experience, call 775-240 -7665. $245 per person, minimum 4 people, maximum 12.
3. Tour Operator & Travel Planner Tours
Day 1: Arrive in Reno where you will be met by an escort who will take you to Virginia City and get you settled in one of our charming bed & breakfast inns. The evening will begin with a quick get acquainted tour of this historic town right out of the pages of Nevada's history books as well as the burning pages of Bonanza. You will have dinner at the Cider Factory and after, you might enjoy a brandy, chocolate and maybe a cigar where Mark Twain wrote for the Territorial Enterprise.
Day 2: Rise and shine the chow bell is calling. Don your duds, and mosey on down to breakfast. Today you will experience a little of what life was like 150 years ago here in the untamed west as you tour the many historic places in Virginia City, including a ride on the famous Virginia & Truckee Railroad. You might want to take an authentic Stagecoach ride, tour a mine and visit the famous Piper's Opera House. Dinner will be at Nevada's oldest operating hotel, the Gold Hill. Guy Rocha, Nevada's State Historian will give a lecture on debunking the myths of Nevada.
Day 3: Yep the bell is ringing, chow is on. Pack your duds and get ready to head out along the Pony Express Trail. We will be traveling across US Highway 50 "The Loneliest Road in America" also known as "The Lincoln Highway" (the first transcontinental highway in North America). A brief visit to Fort Churchill then on to Austin, a "Rip Van Wrinkle" community nestled in the Toiyobe Mountains in central Nevada, often called the Alp's of Nevada. After lunch it's on to Eureka for a tour of the Eureka Sentinel Museum, the fully restored 1880 Eureka Opera House and a snack of hors d'oeuvres and a little spirits before heading on to Ely where you will have dinner at the (Jail House Cell Block, yes jail cells,) and nestle in for a well deserved nights rest. Busy day tomorrow!
Day 4: We will start off with an early breakfast before we head out to the Great Basin National Park, a tour of Lehman Caves and up to the trail head to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. Lunch in Baker and back to Ely with a stopover at the Ward Charcoal Ovens. Take a driving tour of the Ely Renaissance Society's outdoor art exhibit "Where the World Met and Became One". White Pine County's history has been drawn to life on the sides of local buildings by world-renowned artists. Get ready to board the "Ghost Train of Old Ely", (the best preserved short line railroad in North America) for a trip into the past. Watch out for bandits lurking along the rails to attack the train and relieve you of some of your valuables. Next, stop off at "the Ely Renaissance Village" for ethnic treats and a western style barbeque. Enjoy the rest of the evening exploring the gaming and nightlife of Ely.
Day 5: Yes folks we are on our way to Elko, truly western cowboy life and culture as you have never experienced, but first a stop at the McGill Drugstore Museum, a step into the past as you visit the kind of drugstore that many of us have forgotten about or really didn't experience when we were younger. The bus ride will take you through the pristine Ruby Mountains over Secret Pass and into beautiful Elko. After check in, prepare yourself for a wine walk and shopping tour in historic downtown Elko. Your tour will start at the Western Folklife Center, producer to the internationally famous annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering. See authentic cowboy gear, art, and memorabilia. Across the street is J.M.Capriola's home to Garcia bit and spur. While there, venture upstairs and watch a master saddle maker at work. We will end the evening with dinner at one of our great Basque restaurants and enjoy entertainment and culture.
Day 7: After Breakfast we will depart for a tour of the Northeastern Nevada Museum. Next we will head for Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway and drive leisurely up the breathtaking 12-mile canyon road viewing spectacular vistas, wildlife, flowers, and rushing streams, through the glacially carved canyons of the Ruby Mountains. After the beautiful drive down the canyon we will tour the quaint town of Lamoille where we will retire for lunch. We will head back to Elko where you will have some free time to enjoy our Nevada style entertainment before we depart for the New California Trail Interruptive Center, where you'll enjoy entertainment and a Dutch oven dinner as we will bring to close your Nevada Wild West Experience before leaving back to Reno in the morning.
Day 8: Early morning breakfast. While traveling through Nevada's Cowboy Country back to Reno for your flight, we will make stops along the way. Includes a stop in Lovelock where you will be able to lock your love in the old Chinese tradition. Our last stop, a tour of the World Famous Mustang Ranch.