A vibrant state capital located between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Great Basin Desert, Carson City is just a short half-hour drive from the “Jewel of the Sierra,” Lake Tahoe. Carson City has been Nevada’s state capital since its inception into the union in 1864. Today, Carson City is an exciting mix of history and new industry. Carson City sits conveniently close to the activity of both Lake Tahoe and Reno, so residents take advantage of year-round activities such as skiing, boating, hiking, shows and casino nightlife.
Carson City is home to Nevada’s Governor’s Mansion, State Legislature and State Museum. Residents enjoy a lively local arts scene, multiple world-class golf courses, and captivating historical exhibits such as the Nevada Railroad Museum, and the country’s largest National Historic Landmark, Virginia City, whose main street still retains the look of an 1850s mining town. Visit downtown Carson City for a memorable, and historic, shopping experience. Make a special point to visit at the end of October when Carson City hosts the official Nevada Day celebrations including a carnival and a parade.