| Breakfast: ||In our private conference room at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a catered breakfast including eggs, breakfast meats, breads, pastries, and fruit, plus juice, coffee, tea, water.|
| Morning: ||We board a private motorcoach for the 33-mile ride to Carson City, where we’ll have a docent-led exploration of the Nevada State Capitol Building. Built to hold a state government much larger than what was necessary when it was completed in 1870, the Capitol was under-utilized for many years. Now, more than 140 years later, it is still able to hold all the government officials and operations the state requires, a testament to the foresight of Nevada's founding fathers.|
Our next stop is the Nevada State Museum, where we’ll have time for a leisurely visit with our Group Leader. The museum’s building was originally constructed in 1870 as the U.S. Mint; in just 23 years, it produced more than $49,000,000 in coins. Today, we’ll see exhibits that include "The Chinese Experience," and "Coin Press No. 1," We’ll also see a collection of Washoe Native American baskets, and the dining service from the battleship USS Nevada, made from silver mined at nearby Tonopah and gold from Goldfield. The museum also features Nevada's wildlife, particularly coyotes, mountain lions, golden eagles, badgers, and black bears.
| Lunch: ||At a nearby restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated meal with several menu options plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water.|
| Afternoon: ||We’ll board our motor coach for historic Virginia City, 12 miles away. In its heyday, Virginia City was the most important city in the western U.S., a place where people from all over the world found fortune and glory, drawn by the gold and silver buried in nearby mountains. With our Group Leader, we’ll learn about the Bonanza Kings, the mine owners who played an important role in shaping America’s economy.|
Next, with a museum docent, we’ll step back in time to Virginia City’s historic Fourth Ward School, “the last school of its kind still standing in North America.” This 1876 Victorian structure still contains the same wooden desks occupied by children and teachers from 1876 to 1936. Virginia City is also where Mark Twain took his pen name and began his writing career. We’ll learn about the city’s influence on his writings, and we’ll also stop by Piper's Opera House, where stars such as John Philip Sousa and Al Jolson once took the stage.
| Dinner: ||At the hotel.|
| Evening: ||At leisure. You might enjoy a stroll along the Truckee River Walk or take in a concert or show at one of the city’s theaters.|