Rural Nevada has much more to offer than just sand and sun. Throughout the desert landscape are authentic experiences that offer an abundance of activities and sites to explore. Whether you’re on a solo adventure or seeking to make new memories with your family, Nevada welcomes you with open arms. And there is no better place to find those eccentric offerings than Carson City, Nevada’s historic capital. A vibrant canvas of culture, history, and art, Carson City is filled with excursions built to escape the daily grind. So, if you’re in the mood for something unique, here are a few things to do while visiting rural Nevada. 

Embrace the Outdoors

Nevada is filled with scenic views and vast landscapes that are perfect for exploring. You’ll enjoy hiking along Carson River at River View Park or to the summits that overlook Lake Tahoe’s gorgeous viewpoints. If you love the water, you can paddle along the 12.6 miles of The Carson River Aquatic Trail. And if golf is your game, you can find some great courses in Carson City with over 61,000 yards of beautiful fairways.

For the Family

If you’re traveling with little explorers, then making your way to The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada is a must. Children have a full range of open play-based exhibits and nostalgic outings, like the museums in Carson City, that let you step back in time with Nevada’s rich history. Families can also enjoy any of Carson City’s seventeen city parks. 

Journey Through Nevada History

There is no experience quite like riding an authentic steam train. And V&T Railway has been taking locals and tourists on a journey through Nevada nostalgia for over 150 years! The perfect starting point for adventure, V&T Railway offers seasonal rides like the Toast of the Canyon, and the popular favorite, The Polar Express. Each excursion is a magical experience so make sure to check out their Calendar Page for an updated list of trains and boarding times. Get your tickets today and experience the desert, old-timey magic of rural Nevada.

Nevada Specials

If you’re planning a trip in the Spring, the local Farmers’ Markets of rural Nevada are sure to leave you satisfied with fresh, locally grown goods for your daily adventures. In the summer, Carson City offers endless entertainment options with live music around the city. Fall is a vibrant season in Carson City with events like live salsa dancing lessons, delicious wine tastings, and eccentric art shows.

Let’s Chill

Carson City has an array of options where you can get some rest and relaxation. Whether you’re at a boutique hotel to any of our fun campgrounds, you’re bound to find something to help you find peace. Carson Hot Springs not only offers amazing spa treatments but luxury rooms for you and yours. No matter your budget or relaxation style, you’re sure to get some serious R&R during your visit.