Virginia city is a small town of about 1,000 residents that has managed to maintain much of its 19th-century "Old West" feel. It is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
From Reno: Take highway 395 south out of Reno and continue on to 341 south over the Geiger Grade.
Most everything is on C Street, which is the main street through town. It is easy to walk from one end to the other in less than an hour.
- People dressed in vintage 70's clothes (that would be the 1870s). They hang out at some of the saloons.
- 1 Silver Terrace Cemetery, North E Street (at Carson Street). Old cemetery with interesting headstones. Worth a visit.
Virginia City has many different museums (a full list can be found here).
- 2 Comstock Firemen's Museum, 125 C St, ☏ . 10:00am-4:00pm. Museum dedicated to the history of firefighting in the county. Free admission; donations encouraged.
- 3 Fourth Ward School Museum, 537 S. C St., ☏ . 10:00am-5:00pm. A historic school of the Comstock. This museum focus on the school and the Comstock history including Mark Twain, as well as modern mining techniques.
- 4 Mark Twain Museum, 53 C St, ☏ .
- 5 Marshall Mint Museum, 96 C St, ☏ .
- 6 Washoe Club Museum & Saloon, 112 S C St, ☏ . 11:00am-5:00pm.
- 7 St. Mary's in the Mountains Catholic Church, 111 S E St, ☏ .
- 8 Dayton State Park, US-50, Dayton. Day use $5/vehicle, camping $15/night.
- 9 Historical Society of Dayton Valley, 135 Shady Ln, Dayton.
- Wander C Street
- Have your picture taken with Sheeba, claimed to be North America's only tame leopard.
- Watch the Camel races.
If you win...
Chances are that, if you win it big in Virginia City or Dayton and you are not a U.S. citizen your winnings will be subject to a 30% withholding tax from the Internal Revenue Service. That $10,000 slot winning can dwindle quite quickly if that is taken off the top. Not to worry though you can reclaim your gambling winnings tax through a 1042-S form. You should get this from the casino so don't lose it: it is your starting ticket to getting your gambling winnings back.
There are some gambling opportunities at the saloons.
- Mark Twain Saloon, 62 S C St, ☏ . Open 24 hours.
There are lots of gift shops on C Street. The quality ranges from good to garbage.
At the Saloons
- 1 Cafe Del Rio, 394 C St (Southern end of C St.), ☏ . A southwest spin on Mexican fare. Sunday brunch available.
- 1 Bucket of Blood Saloon, 1 S C St, ☏ .
- 2 Delta Saloon, 18 S C St. See the "Suicide Table"
- 3 Sundance Saloon, 160 S C St, ☏ .
- 4 Firehouse Saloon (Firehouse BBQ), 171 S C St, ☏ .
- Old Washoe Club, 112 S C St.
- 5 Silver Dollar Saloon, 11 N C St.
- 6 Ponderosa Saloon, 106 S C St.
- 7 Mark Twain Saloon, 62 S C St, ☏ . Open 24 hours.
Outdoor consumption of alcohol is tolerated.
- 1 Sugar Loaf Mountain Motel, 430 C St, ☏ . Part of the motel was built as a boarding house for miners in the 1800s, and some rooms have original brick or stone walls and cast iron shutters. All rooms have a refrigerator, microwave, and WiFi.
- 2 Silver Queen Hotel, 28 N C St, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. 28-room restored hotel established in 1876. Several rooms have claw foot bathtubs.
- 3 Silverland Inn & Suites (formerly Ramada Virginia City), 100 North E St, ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. A 67 rooms and suites hotel with meeting spaces, indoor pool, and complimentary wireless internet.
- 4 Tahoe House Hotel, 162 S C St, ☏ .