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Carson City, Nevada, once the nation’s smallest capital, has outgrown that distinction. Now it’s on its way to becoming Northern Nevada’s culinary capital and also one of the state’s most interesting travel destinations. A menu of 40 restaurants ranges from world-class Adele’s to mom-and-pop cafes of various ethnic persuasions. The undisputed prize among Carson City's attractions is the Nevada State Museum, considered one of the ten best regional museums in the United States. Of the 28 buildings in the city’s historic district, 24 are houses, ranging in style from carpenter Gothic to early Victorian. Three additional museums, a performing ...

Carson City, Nevada, once the nation’s smallest capital, has outgrown that distinction. Now it’s on its way to becoming Northern Nevada’s culinary capital and also one of the state’s most interesting travel destinations. A menu of 40 restaurants ranges from world-class Adele’s to mom-and-pop cafes of various ethnic persuasions. The undisputed prize among Carson City's attractions is the Nevada State Museum, considered one of the ten best regional museums in the United States. Of the 28 buildings in the city’s historic district, 24 are houses, ranging in style from carpenter Gothic to early Victorian. Three additional museums, a performing arts center, little theater groups including the state’s second-oldest year-round theater company, the Carson City Symphony and galleries showcasing Nevada artists round out the cultural scene. Other attractions include 14 casinos, the “Divine Nine” golf courses, hot springs and ultra-light aircraft facilities. Among annual celebrations, Carson City Rendezvous in June brings back the days of mountain men and Civil War soldiers. Nevada Day (Saturday closest to November 1) features a huge parade, pow-wow, chili cook-off and other events. Holiday season festivities include train rides with Santa.

Connie Emerson
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Connie Emerson is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Cheapskate's Guide to Branson, Missouri and Eyewitness Top Ten Travel Guide – Las Vegas.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    April through October. Winters can be mild.