Northern Nevada High Life
Total Mileage/Average drive time
36 miles, 47 minutes
Silver mining and the Wild West have played an important role in Nevada's history, but the Silver State also offers up-to-date exciting attractions, world-renowned entertainment, scenic vistas and legal gambling, all amid the lavish background that is Nevada.
1. Carson City - Starting Point
Head out on Highway 395 to the state capital, Carson City, for adventures that include rails, trails and historical tales. All aboard a steam-powered train at the V & T Railroad; keep an eye out for mills, old mines, silver ore veins and spectacular views as the train winds along the river banks and across a spectacular railroad bridge, then pull into the Nevada State Railroad Museum where over 60 locomotives and train cars are housed. Walk in the footsteps of Kit Carson and take in the local landmarks, museums, Victorian mansions and churches along the Kit Carson Trail, where you can follow a podcast tour at your own pace. Wander through history at the Nevada State Museum, featuring the Carson City Mint and Coin Press Number 1, and get a feel for how Nevada's natural and cultural histories have grown and evolved.
2. Reno - 32 miles, 39 minutes
Reno, the "Biggest Little City in the World," was once the gambling hotspot of the country; today, you can travel under the historic Reno Arch, a prominent downtown feature, to indulge in its restaurants, card tables and casinos. Strike out for the National Bowling Stadium, known as the "Taj Mahal of Tenpins," for a tour of the only stadium in the world designed specifically for the tournament bowler. Steer yourself to the National Automobile Museum, one of the country's five greatest auto museums and see more than 200 amazing cars from vintage to celebrity-owned vehicles set in facades that bring the displays to life. For sports enthusiasts, Reno is also home to a multitude of races, including Lucas Oil Off Road Racing, Eldorado Reno 500, National Championship Air Races, Reno Balloon Race and the International Camel Races.
3. Sparks - 4 miles, 8 minutes
Sparks is a custom-made town where you can wile away an idyllic day at Sparks Marina Park with plenty of tree-lined walking paths and two pristine beaches surrounding the 77-acre lake. Recreational activities abound, no matter what your favorite activity is. Go windsurfing, boating, fishing or swimming. If you're looking for a drier way to spend the day, check out Legends Outlet Shops at Sparks Marina, which offer lots of shops, quality restaurants and family entertainment. Hiking abounds in the surrounding country.
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