• Caitlin McAninch

Escape to Carson City, Nevada


This is a sponsored blog post, all opinions are my own.


We were invited to spend the weekend exploring Nevada’s capital Carson City. Although I’ve lived in Nevada for over 15 years, I’ve spent little time in Carson. Our stay through Visit Carson City was the perfect way to explore this small town, and see all that it has to offer both within the city, and the surrounding areas.


Read on to find out what there is to do in historic Carson City, where you should stay, and learn more about why Carson is the perfect central location for your Northern Nevada stay.


5 Things to Do in Historic Downtown Carson City


1. Visit the Capitol Building. Nevada’s Capitol is right downtown and is open to the public for self-guided tours Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. They remodeled and updated the small museum in the Capitol in 2018. It’s very interactive and shows so much Nevada history.

Nevada State Capitol Building

Battle Born Hall, the museum inside the Capitol Building

2. Eat & Drink! There are some great eateries, bars and even my favorite coffee shop all in Historic Carson. While we visited we stopped at Mom & Pop’s Diner and The Union, both within walking distance of our hotel in historic downtown.

Our breakfast from Mom & Pop's Diner

Dinner at The Union

My favorite coffee shop in Reno, Old World Coffee, has a café in downtown Carson, too! And it’s super cute with a large courtyard. Definitely make a stop there for some java!


3. Walk the Kit Carson Trail. Throughout the history district you can see markers on the ground etched with ‘Kit Carson Trail’. If you follow them throughout town, they stop at 60 different landmarks, identifying important Victorian-style homes, museums and churches that tell the story of Carson City’s history.

Just a really pretty building along the trail.

4. Look for Live Music. During our stay there was a huge event going on, The Carson City Off Road. So there were a few bands during the weekend performing. But we learned that Carson City has live music all summer long downtown.

For the fourth summer, Carson City has been home to the Levitt AMP concert series. From June 22 through August 24, there are free concerts at the Change Companies Stage every Saturday evening.


5. Get Outdoors! Just minutes from Downtown Carson are some incredible hikes. We went up King’s Canyon road to this beautiful waterfall. The hills behind Carson are filled with trails that you can explore.


Dylan and I at the waterfall hike, just minutes from Downtown Carson.

And whenever you visit, be sure to see Visit Carson City’s calendar of events to see what is going on around town!


Where to Stay in Carson City


Lodging options in Carson City vary greatly. From casinos to small inns, you have a few different options.


Staying downtown is definitely your best bet. It’s close to everything I discussed above, super easy to get to from the highway, and it has the cutest options.

The Bliss Bungalow in Carson City.

We got to stay at the Bliss Bungalow, a once old home now transformed into a five bedroom inn. Everything about this spot was perfect. The residence was built in 1914 and was originally the home to the District Attorney. The building was fully restored and transformed into what it is todauy In 2015. The home was absolutely beautiful, and the way they’ve created it into a hotel is perfect.


Dylan and I joked that we were staying at Schrute Farms, from The Office (one of our favorite shows). It was just so quaint and cute, we couldn’t help ourselves!


Exploring Beyond Carson City


The best part about Carson City is that it’s completely centralized among all the top destinations in Northern Nevada. Carson is 30 minutes from Reno, 30 minutes from Lake Tahoe, 15 minutes from Genoa/Gardnerville, and 30 minute from Virginia City. As long as you have a car, you can get just about anywhere relatively fast.

Oldest Bar in Nevada!

On Saturday after our hike, we went out to Genoa to the oldest bar in Nevada. I had visited before and it’s one of my favorite watering holes, so I just wanted to take Dylan. We were able to drive out there, have a drink, and be back at our hotel within an hour and a half.

Lake Tahoe

On Sunday we spent our whole morning in the gorgeous Lake Tahoe. Just 45-minutes North is King’s Beach, a nice recreational area and one of our favorite towns around the lake. It’s also home to The Wild Society, a clear-bottom kayak rental company. We woke up early to hit the lake to go kayaking.


Lake Tahoe has been named one of the clearest lakes in the country many times, with the 5-year average lake clarity currently sitting at 70.3 feet; you can say it’s pretty clear. So going kayaking in a clear-bottom kayak is a great way to experience that clarity first hand. While kayaking, we were able to see down so deep it was really amazing.



Carson City has so much to offer, and if you take into consideration the surrounding areas, then your options for activities are endless.


Have you visited Carson City, Nevada? What did you do during your stay?

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