Virginia City

town Reno, NV has one of the coolest largest historic districts right in our backyard. Better known as Virginia City originally established in the 1800’s. Virginia City is Nevada’s oldest, and most famous mining town dating back to 1859 with the discovery of the Comstock Lode.

Talk about taking a step way back into history. Picturesque buildings line up the main street, and most businesses have maintained their authentic Victorian artifacts and 1800’s decor. Most buildings date back to the 1860’s and 70’s. In the mid 1860’s at the City’s peak there were an estimated 25,000 residents.

There is no cost to visit, besides gas money for the short 45 minute drive. However there is plenty of opportunity to spend your hard-earned cash, as there are an endless amount of activities you can do. It’s easy to spend a whole day up there.

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Most popular things to see are the mining artifacts from the 1800’s, originally used by the Comstock Miners.  Virgina City certainly has that Wild West feeling, and its super cool to have a life-size museum in our backyard.

There are quite a few places you can grab a bite to eat, as well as bars that  date back to the 1800’s. There are also many shops that sell very unique trinkets, and of course antique shops. You can also have professional pictures taken in clothing from that era.

Be sure to check it out, see the link here for more information

Things To See and Do:

  • Bucket of Blood (bar)
  • Delta Saloon (bar)
  • Red Dog Saloon and Pizza Parlor
  • Visit any of the 17 Museums
  • Stay the night at a haunted house
  • Take a train ride
  • Visit the cemetery
  • Take your 1800’s themed picture
  • Shop around the antique shops
  • Visit Saint Mary’s in The Mountains Catholic Church
  • Red’s Old Fashioned Candies




Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAReno, NV has various types of entertainment, not just the typical casinos visitors think of when they hear Reno.

One of these is the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, which gives Renoites the opportunity to experience cultural artistic entertainment.

The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization, and is the largest performing arts facility in Northern Nevada.

If you have never seen a live performance such as The Nut Cracker, ballet, or opera, this is the place to experience it. Located in Downtown Reno, the building from the outside looks similar to Disney’s Epcot Center.

The 1,500 seat venue is part of the Nevada State Register of Historic Places. They currently host more than 100 cultural events a year from dance recitals, opera, to Broadway Productions. Get inspired by professional ballet performances, or be moved by Reno’s Philharmonic Orchestra.



It sounds like a real fancy establishment, and your probably wondering if there is a dress code. Think business casual, some people wear  jeans while others enjoy dressing up.  Do what is most comfortable for you, just don’t arrive without a T-shirt and sandals. It’s not that casual.

Get there 30 minutes in advance for your show, as free parking is a few minutes away from the Pioneer Center. Free parking can be found at the Cal-Neva Casino, and The National Automobile Museum. You can make it to the Pioneer Center within 10 minutes from either location.

Videos and pictures are not allowed, also remember to silence or turn off your cell phone.  Always read the program notes as they give you a background on what you are about to see. There are no ATM’s inside the Pioneer Center, and they only accept cash at their concession stand so plan ahead.  Ticket pricing and duration varies on the show, check their website for more information

One of my favorites, The Nutcracker will be featured Dec 12-13. You can watch this show during a matinée and it will cost you less. Tickets range between $25-$55 dollars. If you’re looking for a Broadway experience check out their current show Jersey Boys, tickets start at $69. You can buy tickets on-line or by phone. Try something new, and enhance your cultural artistic knowledge.