Getting on/off motorcoach; traveling about 75 miles total, approximately 2.5 hours total. Standing up to 1.5 hours at the Nevada State Museum; walking up to half a mile.
At the hotel restaurant, we'll have a breakfast buffet offering choices such as eggs, breakfast meats, oatmeal, potatoes, fruit plus juice, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll board our motorcoach and ride to historic Virginia City. In its heyday, Virginia City was one of the most important mining cities in the western U.S. After the discovery of gold in 1859, people arrived from all over the world in the hopes of finding fortune and glory. With a museum docent, we’ll learn the fascinating story of Virginia City’s historic Fourth Ward School. This 1876 Victorian structure still contains the same wooden desks occupied by children and teachers from 1876 to 1936. Next, we travel further 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 mine owners, known as Bonanza Kings, who played an important role in shaping America’s economy. Keep an eye out for exposed veins of silver ore as we pass Gold Hill, where gold and silver strikes began in 1859. With narration by our conductor, this historic train route will come to life. Returning to Virginia City, the remainder of the morning is free for you to do what you like in Virginia City. You might like to 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 order a plated meal from a select menu with coffee, tea, water included.
We’ll ride to the Nevada State Museum. On arrival, we’ll meet a docent who will provide an overview of the site. Then, we’ll set out on a self-directed field trip to explore the exhibits. The docent will be available to answer any questions you may have. 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. It was transformed into a museum and opened to the public in 1941. It features interactive exhibits on Nevada’s cultural and natural history. As we explore at our own pace, we’ll learn what makes Nevada unique. Some of the exhibits available include a collection of Washoe Native American baskets, the original Carson City Mint building, and the dining service from the battleship USS Nevada. 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 like to stroll along the Truckee River Walk or view a performance at a local theater.