Carson City Travel Guide

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You're Going to Love Carson City

Nevada's capital has evolved from a wild frontier outpost in the 1850s to a modern city with a relaxed, easy-going vibe. Nowadays, there aren't many better places to get wrapped up in the thrill of the casino, urban attractions, and outdoor activities.

Nevada's political center offers places to gamble and take in a show, and with casinos like Fandango, SlotWorld, and the Nugget, Carson City won't let you down. But there's more to enjoy than slots.

Visitors can ski, hike, boat, fish, or just laze around on the beach at Lake Tahoe. You can golf at superb local courses, dine on great Mexican food, and get back to nature. It's all possible in this wonderful city.

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When to Visit Carson City

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If you want to blend a trip to Carson City with some skiing, visit during the season from late November to April. For outdoor sports around Lake Tahoe and the best sightseeing weather, try early summer (June and early July) or September. High summer can be a little hot for some, although others will find the constant sunshine is exactly what they need.

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How to Get to Carson City

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Where to Stay in Carson City

As you would expect from a state capital, Carson City has some excellent accommodation options. Some of the best mid-range to high-end places to sleep include the Wyndham Garden and the Hardman House Inn (both Downtown). However, many people choose to stay outside the city in resorts around Lake Tahoe like the Hyatt Regency or North Lake Tahoe Ski, Snowboard and Sup Club. Choosing accommodation can depend on whether you want to focus on outdoor activities or urban attractions.

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Shopping Streets

If you want to shop for essentials or souvenirs, Carson Street is the place to go, where you'll find affordable boutiques like It's a Girl Thang, bike stores like Bike Smith (useful if you are heading out onto the trails), and places to buy antiques like White Cat. There are also a number of convenient malls in the city. Carson Mall is probably the biggest, hosting regular craft fairs and department stores like Bealls.

Groceries and Other

If you need to shop for food and drink in Carson City, good options include chains like Trader Joe's, Walmart, and Save Mart, alongside smaller delis like Hacienda Market and Grill and the LA Bakery Cafe. Expect costs to be fairly low, with a gallon of milk priced at around $4.50 and 12 eggs $3.

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$38.99
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Where to Eat in Carson City

Mexican food and barbecue are where it's at in Carson City, and visitors have plenty of options to choose from. If you want a plate full of enchiladas or a warming bowl of chili, go for El Charro Avitia or the San Marcos Grill. The Grille is a great place to get simple meat and seafood dishes, and the brisket is superb at Red's Old 395 Grill. There's also gourmet French cooking on display at Adele's and excellent Spanish dishes at Villa Basque Deli and Cafe, so there should be something for all tastes. Mains should cost between $10 and $15 at most places, with burgers and other snacks costing around $5-7.

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