Virginia City is a place that celebrates its past identity as a mining town. It has a very old-timey feel filled with museums, candy shops, and saloons – a day trip can easily be made from Reno, 40 minutes away, and is interesting for both kids and adults alike.
Walk the strip and take in the scene. The view from this elevation is very beautiful.
Consider taking a tour of the Ponderosa Saloon [106 S C St, Virginia City, NV 89440] which has a real mineshaft in the back of the bar and is brimming with fascinating information.
Other places of interest include a Mark Twain Museum and the Bucket of Blood Saloon. At the edge of town where C St and D St meet, sits some mining equipment with informative plaques.
This is the near the sight of the Comstock Lode which produced nearly $400,000 in silver and gold. Virginia City boomed for 20 years after its discovery and this production helped Nevada enter the union. On your way back to the city you will be wowed by the views, make sure to stop off and admire them.
There is one specific spot which has many abandoned fireplaces – a great place to explore!