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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Locality
“Virginia City is about 30-45 minutes away but really fun! It is an old mining town with beautiful historical homes. You can take old time photos, stop in the candy shop, and do some exploring. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Bar
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“Enjoy our locals-favorite full bar and Chicago-style pizza surrounded by the ambience of the old Red Dog Saloon. The Red Dog dates back to the heyday of the Comstock mines and as the birthplace of San Francisco-style rock and roll. The pizza dough is made fresh daily and the sauce is homemade. Combine these with fresh ingredients baked in a brick oven and you’ve got a combination that will have your taste buds wanting more.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Lively, fun place with live bands on weekends. Historic building and setting. Patrons as well as servers dress in period costumes.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
“This building was built in 1860 by George Hearst as the headquarters of the Gould & Curry Mining Company Office and later purchased by John Mackay, one of the “Silver Kings.” Between 1860 and 1950, bars of gold bullion were sold directly from the vault. Tour highlights include mining artifacts, original furnishings, Tiffany silver and great historical anecdotes. Season: May to October. November to April, varies; call ahead”
  • 1 local recommends
Event Space
“It's a must see if your staying in the area for a few days...take one of your days and drive out to Virginia City and enjoy the history of this cool town...shopping, food, saloons, gaming, museums....it's goes on and on...its a hoot!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“COMSTOCK GOLD MILL Virginia City’s mining history comes alive with the last fully operational stamp mill dating back to the 1860s and built by Joshua Hendy in San Francisco as a two stamp Gold Mill. See how gold was processed from ore to recovery. A narrated tour is educational and fun put there are lots of historical mining equipment in one place to see.”
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Ride the train from Carson City to Virginia City or Virginia City to Gold Hill. vtrailway.com”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“ Housed in the historic Werrin Building, originally a grocery store and rooming house, Café del Rio has been serving up authentic Tex-Mex flavors since 2005. Using only fresh quality ingredients, the menu is prepared from scratch with traditional techniques and a sincere desire to please and impress. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Courthouse
“The Storey County Courthouse, built in 1876 after being destroyed in the great fire of 1875, is the state’s oldest continuously operating courthouse. Built in the Italianate style, the two-story seat of government houses a two-tier jail, courtroom and large iron-lined record vaults. The exterior facade is brick with details of ornate iron. The Victorian-era courthouse boasts a Lady of Justice statue without her blindfold. The story is that the county chose to not blindfold her to express that here justice was, and continues to be, not blind. Donation Season: Open year-round, except holidays”
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“Mark Twain’s desk, chair, books and most of the original furnishings and equipment of his pressroom are on display. This is the place where Mark Twain spent most of his Virginia City days writing for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper. Season: Open year-round”
  • 1 local recommends
Other Great Outdoors
“The Best and Belcher Mine tour is a 25-minute guided tour featuring over 300 pieces of antique mining equipment on display. See complete underground mine workings – tunnels, crosscuts, drifts, stopes, raises, winzes and shafts. The Ponderosa Mine is located in the Ponderosa Saloon, formerly the Bank of California.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
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“The Washoe Club has been called one of the most haunted locations in the west. Featured on the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” as well as SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters”, the building has earned its place among the elite haunted locations. Come see for yourself, memberships start as low as $20 per year and will get you access to the Crypt as well as the infamous Spiral Staircase.”
  • 1 local recommends
Cemetery
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“An indoor/outdoor grill and saloon serving cooked-to-order hamburgers, grilled hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, smoked turkey and country-style pork ribs. Owner and in-house griller, Rich Connell, received his training while working for the Redding Fire Department, hence the restaurant’s namesake. Once in Virginia City, look for the outdoor seating place with shade, music and pine trees. Or just follow your nose towards the south end of town.”
  • 1 local recommends
Historic Site
“Bring the family and pan for gold and gems on the Comstock. Season: May to September”
  • 1 local recommends