Carson City is the capital of the state of Nevada, named after mountain man Kit Carson. Carson City is home to 55,274 residents, most of whom live in Eagle Valley, on the eastern edge of the Carson Range, at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Carson City lies just a 30 minute drive from both Reno and South Lake Tahoe. It origins lie in the Comstock era, when it served as a stop over for California bound emigrants. It developed into a city when a large silver strike was found in the mountains just to the northeast.
The city has been the capital of Nevada since it became a state in 1864 and for much of its history was a hub for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, although the tracks were removed in the 1950s. Carson City limits now extend west to the California state line, in the middle of of Lake Tahoe. Like other independent cities in the United States, it is treated as a county-equivalent for census purposes.
Carson City is situated at the base of the Carson Range, putting the Sierra Nevada’s world-class skiing, snowboarding, and sledding at your fingertips in the wintertime. The city is just 30 minutes from South Lake Tahoe, which means a widely coveted playground for paddle sports, biking, hiking, running, and gorgeous golf courses are just a short and beautiful drive up the hill. South Lake Tahoe also offers casinos, shopping, wine cruises, nightlife and the arts for less adventurous visitors.
If you would prefer not to travel up the hill for the day, you can stroll Curry Street in Carson City, and enjoy the many antiquing opportunities the city has to offer. Or, pick up a one of a kind work of art at the Brewery Arts Center or the Artsy Fartsy Gallery on Telegraph St. If antiquing and art collecting are not your thing, you can spend the day walking or biking the Blue Line Trail, explore the Nevada State Museum, take a ride on the V & T Railway to Virginia City or tour the historic Nevada State Capitol Building and grounds.
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