Without a doubt, having a car is highly recommended for all the outdoor activities while being around the area. The majority of hiking trails, viewpoints and places to see is located outside of the town and being able to drive just makes it a lot easier. Public transportation isn’t developed very well, so your choice is mostly limited to the car rentals or, if your destination is not that far away, to the Lime scooters that may be picked up for a small fee all over the town. This time I’d like to focus on Virginia City – one of the gems within the area – and to reach this one, you’ll definitely need a car.
Virginia City in Nevada, located within a 45-minute drive from South Lake Tahoe, is a historic city featuring a real glimpse to what the 1850s gold (and silver) rush was all about. A visit here really allows you to step back in time – at its best prosperity, today’s little Virginia City was inhabited by more than 25,000 people. It was one of the most important industrial cities on the West Coast with the silver from the mines helping to build San Francisco and to transform Nevada into a state. Right now, it’s ranked among the nation’s top twelve most distinctive destinations and hosts about a million visitors each year who come to Nevada to see what it was like living and working here in the 19th century.
City with a soul
The place itself is truly amazing! A walk along the city strip filled with shopping centers, restaurants and saloons gave me a real feeling of the so-called “Wild West” I only knew from Western movies before. We were impressed especially by the saloons, both exterior and interior – it was, without any doubt, an eye-opening experience. I can definitely recommend that trip to everyone willing to get an insight into a bit of not-that-old history of America and foundations of its successful development.
Fun fact #1: There are many ghosts stories all around the town. Virginia City is a mecca for ghost hunters with noted ghost sightings at the Washoe Club. Some also say that Janis Joplin, who played at the Red Dog Saloon, haunts the stage there today.
Fun fact #2: There are super unique events that you definitely won’t find anywhere else. Virginia City hosts more than a few special events and parades each year like the International Camel and Ostrich Races. Having seen people riding ostriches – must be priceless!