• Location: Lake Tahoe, California
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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Go back in time to the old Wild West on this tour from South Lake Tahoe to Virginia City, Nevada, including a train ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. With a guide, you’ll start your day trip by minibus, driving along part of the Pony Express. When you reach Virginia City, a National Historic Landmark District, take a 6.5-mile round-trip train ride before enjoying free time in town to explore at your leisure, perhaps visiting museums or a historical saloon. 


  • Day trip from Lake Tahoe to Virginia City, Nevada
  • Travel along part of the Pony Express trail to Nevada’s oldest city
  • Take a ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad
  • Picture yourself in the mining days of the 1800s as you stroll down the Main Street historic district
  • Visit museums and historic mansions, if you wish (own expense)
  • Learn about the region’s geology, history and wildlife from a knowledgeable guide

What You Can Expect

Wild West Tour from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride

Explore the Wild West: Virginia City and Carson City from Lake Tahoe

Your day trip begins as you depart South Lake Tahoe with your driver/guide by minibus, with seats that recline and large windows that provide views of the mountain scenery during the approximate 90-minute drive across the state line to Virginia City, Nevada.

During the drive, which passes through Carson City, Nevada’s state capital, listen to commentary from your guide about the area’s local animal life, plant life, geology and mining history during the days of the Wild West. Travel along a portion of the old Pony Express, the route from the 1860s that transported mail across the United States, before arriving in Virginia City, which began when the country’s first major silver deposit was discovered.

Hop off the minibus at the Virginia & Truckee Railroad station for your 6.5-mile (10.5-km) round-trip train ride that takes you to the town of Gold Hill and back. During the journey, learn about the history of the railroad, which dates back to 1869. After your train ride, you have about 2.5 hours of free time in Virginia City to spend at your leisure. Explore the historic district, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, and admire 19th-century buildings that line Main Street like the opera house and historical saloons. Perhaps check out a museum or two, such as the Firemen’s Museum or Mark Twain Museum, or have lunch at a local eatery. (All entrance fees, food and drinks are at your own expense.)

At the end of your free time, re-board the minibus for the return drive to South Lake Tahoe, where your day trip ends.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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

Sharon S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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.

Daniel V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was everything I'd thought it would be and more. The bus driver was fantastic and it was one of the most informative and fun trips that I have ever taken.

Tanya D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is an excursion worth taking. Our guide was outstanding. He provided us with a lot of history and information about the area. The train ride was shorter than we expected.

Wayne J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had a great time and the bus driver was very knowledgeable. We highly recommend this trip!!
from Ft. Worth, Texas

Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very nice day. Bus driver was very knowledgeable . Virginia city was fun!

Phillip L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great trip and enjoyed our tour van driver. He was very knowledgeable about sites along the highway and what to see while in Virginia City. We will recommend this trip to our friends and family.

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