October 28 – October 30 2016
How I got there
Carson city is kind of in the middle of no where. The nearest major city is Reno, Nevada. I took Caltrain from San Francisco to San Jose, and then I took a death defying ride on an Alaska Airlines turbo prop plane to Reno. Once in Reno I rented a car from Hertz and drove the 30 miles south to Carson City.
How I got around
The public transportation system in Carson City is virtually non-existent, and things are pretty far apart so I mostly drove around to various events.
Where I stayed
When a Motel 6 is on a cities tourism website, you know that you are going to be in for a treat when it comes to hotel selection. I stayed at the modest Courtyard a few miles south of Downtown. When I checked in, they upgraded me to a suite for free which was awesome. The hotel was a typical Courtyard, which is not a bad thing. The suite was huge, bigger than my apartment, and had a wonderful view of the nearby mountains from the balcony.
What I did
I got in late Friday night and had a delicious dinner at Adele’s. Afterwards I checked into my hotel and spent the rest of the night exploring various casinos.
I woke up bright and early at 6 AM the next day and drove downtown to watch the hot air balloons launch. Even though they were all set up to go they did not end up launching due to the bad weather. I visited the Nevada State Museum, took pictures around the capitol complex, and watched a bit of the Nevada Day Parade. Afterwards, I drove 25 miles west to South Lake Tahoe. This was one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to in my entire life. I took a ton of pictures, and had a great lunch at a lodge. I made my way back to Carson City after lunch and after recharging my phone I spent the rest of the evening losing more money at various casinos.
On Sunday, I slept in a bit. After a late breakfast I checked out of my hotel and visited the Nevada State Railroad Museum. I had an awesome lunch in downtown Carson City at The Firkin & Fox. After lunch I made my way back to Reno and hung out at the airport for my uneventful journey back to San Francisco.
What was the fuss?
Carson City is a small town that most folks drive through. It is surrounded by awe inspiring mountains, is less than hour away from one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and has a rich history. Similar to Sacramento, Carson City rose to fame due to its strategic location near mining fields and the corresponding railroad activity that followed. The pure natural beauty of the place is enough to get me to come back here again, I would recommend anyone else do the same.