Virginia City and Lake Tahoe
Collected by Derek Butcher, AFAR Staff
53 C St, Virginia City, NV 89440, USA
This was originally the offices of the Territorial Enterprise newspaper, where Mark Twain worked as the editor in the 1860's, before moving to San Francisco. It is now a museum with such items as the original desk used by Mark Twain when he was...
87 F St, Virginia City, NV 89440, USA
Built in 1876, this church is an unusual sight - a gothic-style church built entirely from wood. It is still an active parish and is the "mother of all Episcopal churches in Nevada". The interior is all hand-hewn wood, and the organ is powered by...
1850 W Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA
Boasting the largest lakefront deck at Tahoe, Sunnyside features a summer-party atmosphere and somewhat predictable burgers-and-ribs menu that keeps diners of all ages happy. A meal here is more of a social event than a fine-dining experience, but...
381 Cemetery Rd, Virginia City, NV 89440, USA
Nearly every plot in this cemetery is bordered by a fence, which was traditional in cemeteries of the 1860's, when this was first used. Almost no one buried here was actually born in Nevada, and many who died here probably knew no one. This is a...
12 B St, Virginia City, NV 89440, USA
Built in 1885 after a fire destroyed the earlier 1878 version (which in turn replaced the first version built in 1863, which also burnt down). Mark Twain spoke on the stage here, and it was the training facility for the heavyweight boxing champion...
Reno, NV 89521, USA
On the way from Tahoe to Virginia City, you travel up a highway that loosely follows the old Geiger Grade, a road constructed in 1862 to bring silver down from the massive Comstock lode under Virginia City. This scenic overlook offers incredible...
Virginia City, NV 89440, USA
Virginia City really only existed in its heyday for maybe ten years. Before that, nothing was here, and since then, it's mainly been a tourist attraction, if anything. Despite its brief moment of life, though, it is still very much worth visiting...
1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, NV 89451, USA
This is the view from the top of Diamond Peak ski area, which is a much smaller, less expensive, and quieter mountain compared to the more well-known Squaw, North Star, and Heavenly. This makes it well worth checking out, as there are great runs...
111 E St, Virginia City, NV 89440, USA
This church was originally built in 1868, then was rebuilt in 1876 after a fire that had destroyed much of Virginia City. It is perched, like the rest of the town, on the edge of a mountain at 6,000 feet elevation, so one can look out past the...
68 S C St, Virginia City, NV 89440, USA
This place seems like it could've been here since the Silver Rush era, but has actually been here since the early 1960's. Many different kinds of candy, much of which is made right in the store. They also have a deli where you can buy sandwiches....