Standing up to 1.5 hours at the Nevada State Museum. Walking up to half a mile.
In our hotel meeting room, we'll enjoy a breakfast buffet offering choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, breads/pastries and fruit. Beverages such as juice, coffee, tea, water will be provided.
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 a museum docent, we’ll learn the fascinating story of 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. Next we travel back in time to the bonanza days as we board the historic Virginia Truckee Railroad to take a spin around what used to be the richest city in the world. We will learn about the Bonanza Kings, the mine owners who played an important role in shaping America’s economy. Keep an eye out for exposed veins of silver ore and pass Gold Hill, where gold and silver strikes began in 1859. Our train ride will be fully narrated by our charming conductor who will make this historic train route come to life. Back in Virginia City we'll have some free time to explore on our own. Virginia City is also where Mark Twain took his pen name and began his writing career. Stop by Piper's Opera House, where stars such as John Philip Sousa and Al Jolson once took the stage.
At a nearby restaurant, we’ll enjoy a plated meal with several menu options plus soft drinks, coffee, tea, water.
Our next stop is the Nevada State Museum, where we’ll have time for a docent-led tour as well as time on our own to explore. 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," plus 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.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
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.