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Popular things to do in Carson City

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Natural History Museum
Nevada State Museum
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
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History Museum
Nevada State Railroad Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Casino
Casino Fandango
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Historic Site
Nevada State Capitol Building
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Carson City, officially the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city and the capital of the US state of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,274. The majority of the population of the town lives in Eagle Valley, on the eastern edge of the Carson Range, a branch of the Sierra Nevada, about 30mi south of Reno. The town originated as a stopover for California bound emigrants, but developed into a city with the Comstock Lode, a silver strike in the mountains to the northeast. The city has served as the capital of Nevada since statehood 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. Prior to 1969, Carson City was the county seat of Ormsby County. In 1969, the county was abolished, and its territory merged with Carson City to form the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City. With the consolidation, the city limits today extend west across the Sierra Nevada to the California state line in the middle of Lake Tahoe. Like other independent cities in the United States, it is treated as a county-equivalent for census purposes. Add Carson City and other destinations in United States to your travel plans using our United States travel planner.

Side trips from Carson City

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Mountain
Diamond Peak Ski Resort Incline Village
4.4
Duration: 8 hours
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Water Body
Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park Incline Village
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Sand Harbor Incline Village
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Carson City

Hiking Trail
Kit Carson Trail
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Body
Skunk Harbor
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Bowers Mansion Regional Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Government Building
Capitol Complex
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Carson City

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Specialty Museum
Warren Engine Co. No. 1 Museum
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
History Museum
Stewart Indian Cultural Center
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Casinos in Carson City

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Casino
Carson Nugget
2.0
Duration: 2 hours
Casino
Carson Station Casino
2.8
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Carson City

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Observatory
Jack C. Davis Observatory
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Children’s Museum
Children's Museum of Northern Nevada
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
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