Step back in time in Virginia City, Nevada

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Step back in time in Virginia City, a historic mining town nestled in the mountains near Reno in the northwestern part of the state. Gold and silver strikes in the late 19th century led to the construction of Virginia City, the most important settlement between Denver and San Francisco at that time. Prospectors became instant millionaires. They built mansions, imported furniture and fashions from Europe and the Orient, and helped finance the Civil War.

The town is home to such relics as the Bucket of Blood Saloon (have a drink); Piper's Opera House (see a play); the Fourth Ward School Museum (take in some culture); and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad (take a train ride). A walking tour of the town is available and also be sure to pan for gold and take a tour of a mine. It was in Virginia City that Samuel Clemens first used his pen name, Mark Twain, when he wrote for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper. Thus, many consider Virginia City to be the "birthplace" of Mark Twain. 

It's not just the history that draws visitors. Virginia City hosts more than a few special events, from local sporting events to holiday celebrations like the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Easter egg hunt, Fourth of July Parade & Fireworks, Christmas on the Comstock and more. Then there are the wild game festivals, the World Championship Outhouse Races, the International Camel Races, the Street Vibrations Fall Rally, the Mountain Oyster Fry and the Battle Born Car Show, just to name a few.

There are several accommodations to choose from in Virginia City. In the historic district, Victorian homes have been restored and now serve guests as bed & breakfasts. For those looking for the comforts of a modern hotel, the Silverland Inn and Suites is available. Other options include restored old buildings that offer history as well as some rumored haunting!

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