Reno is home to a variety of recreation activities both seasonal and year-round. In the summer, Reno locals can boat, fish, water ski and swim in one of the three major bodies of water: Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River, and Pyramid Lake. Winter brings opportunities for skiing-both downhill and cross country, snowboarding and snowshoeing.Dinner: We enjoy a buffet dinner at Harrah's.Evening: Free time to relax after a busy day.Lodging: Harrah's RenoMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Nevada State Museum was originally erected in 1870 as the U.S. Mint, which coined more than $49,000,000 until 1893. The museum hosts about 250,000 visitors each year and has become famous for exhibits such as "The Chinese Experience," "the Dat So La Lee Washoe Indian baskets" and "Coin Press No. 1." Explore at your leisure your special areas of interest. Don’t miss the special displays of Nevada's wildlife: coyotes, mountain lions, majestic golden eagles, badgers and black bears. The silver dining service from the USS Nevada battleship, fashioned with silver from the Tonopah mine and gold from Goldfield, is also on display.
Lunch: We eat a delicious lunch at nearby restaurant.Afternoon: Our motor coach heads for historic Virginia City, 12 miles away. Virginia City in its heyday was the most important city in the western United States, a place where you could still find fortune and glory. Gold and silver buried in the mountain at one time attracted people from the world over. Follow in the footsteps of the Bonanza Kings, the mine owners who played an important role in shaping America’s economy.
Step back in time on a guided visit of the 4th Ward School, an authentically preserved 1876 Victorian school building. Sit in the same wooden desks as the children and teachers did from 1876 to 1936 and learn about the unique features of this educational institution.
Round out the afternoon at Mary’s Art Center, a little hidden treasure. The building was constructed in 1876 and has 6 art galleries.Dinner: We are served a delicious banquet dinner in the hotel meeting room.Evening: Our evening speaker and author, Frank Mullen, tells the fascinating story of the Donner Party.Lodging: Harrah's RenoMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
To reach California from the East, pioneer emigrants had to get their wagons over the Sierra. In 1844, the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy Party followed the Truckee River up into the mountains. At the head of what is now called Donner Lake, they found a low notch in the mountains and thus became the first overland emigrants to use the pass. The pass received its name, however, from another group of California-bound emigrants.
In early November 1846, the Donner Party found the route blocked by snow and was forced to spend the winter on the eastern side of the mountains. Of the 81 emigrants, only 45 survived to reach California; some of them resorted to cannibalism to survive.
Continue onward on our return trip to Sacramento.Dinner: Enjoy a bit of time to relax before dinner. Then we're off to the Delta King for a delightful dinner. The historic Delta King Riverboat is a completely renovated, historic 1920’s riverboat that plied the Sacramento River between Sacramento and San Francisco from 1927 to 1940. The Delta King and her sister ship the Delta Queen were the finest paddle wheelers of the day, offering charm, grace, elegance, fine dining and live entertainment. Today, the icon of Sacramento is permanently moored in downtown Old Sacramento.
Lodging: Hyatt Regency SacramentoMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner