Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride

55 Reviews | Lake Tahoe, USA

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Delve into Nevada’s Wild West mining history on this tour from South Lake Tahoe to Virginia City, a mining boomtown listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. With a knowledgeable guide, travel along part of the Pony Express on the drive to Virginia City, where you’ll take a ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. Then explore the town however you wish, checking out museums and visiting the saloon.



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Average 4.36 out of 5 stars based on 55 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Arlene G, Sep 2020 Verified
The knowledge of our driver/historian is very commendable. I learned a lot in that short period of time. Thank you!
jbyrnes, Jul 2020 Verified
Guide/driver very knowledgeable and considerate. Dont miss the underground mine tour. We even saw wild mustangs. .
Annette S, Sep 2019 Verified
This 35 minute train ride was both educational and informational. It takes place high atop one of the the mountains of the Sierra Nevadas. Quite a bit of mining history and scenic views. This tour allows over two hours of free time to explore the eats ,treats, and unique shops along Main Street. Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and suggested places to explore and where to have lunch.
Kevin P, Aug 2019 Verified
This little tour into Nevada provided a nice break away from Lake Tahoe for a day. The coach was very comfortable. The driver was very knowledgable and friendly. There was a lot of information about the Pony Express and Gold Rush. The train ride in Virginia City was good but a little short - the conductor was brilliant with some very funny commentry. We had lots of free time to explore Virginia City before heading back to Tahoe via a drive through Carson City.
Kimberly L, Jul 2019 Verified
I learned so much from this tour! First on the van ride we had a very informative driver. He took us to many historical places on the way to Virginia City. The train ride was really fun and the steam engine was working that day, too. I learned even more information about the mining and old western towns. We went on the 4th of July so also saw a great parade in Virginia City.
tedandlinda, Oct 2017 Verified

Great Bus driver - told all about what we saw. Great Train conductor. Relaxing, delightful.

Sharon S, Sep 2017 Verified

Enjoyed going back in time and visiting what it would have been like during the Gold Rush days. Virginia City is small quaint western town with several good restaurants and lots of unique shopping stores. Also enjoyed hearing the history of the area from Lake Tahoe to Virginia City. The train ride is short but gives you the true flavor of the past which was very enjoyable. Visited Carson City and saw some historical sites there as well. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting the area.

Heather T, Sep 2017 Verified

This was a fun tour to do. Our driver/guide was knowledgeable in the history of the area from the time we left South Lake Tahoe until we arrived at Virginia City and then back again. The short train ride had great views of the mining areas and we even saw a few wild Mustang horses roaming the terrain. Virginia City takes you back in time with the wood planked sidewalks and all the saloons and other historical buildings. If you've never been before it is a day trip to enjoy and if you have been, go again!

Joanne D, Jul 2017 Verified

Very enjoyable. Informative info both on the ride to Virginia City and also on the train ride.

sgwmsw, Oct 2016 Verified

My husband loved Bonanza tv show. So I booked this trip. Train ride was interesting but the seats were too hard. I was taught a lot of trivia from our coach driver. Interesting trip.

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