6-Night Railroad Journeys of Nevada

Day 1

Arrive at Sacramento Airport Transfer to Old Town Sacramento and check in at your hotel.  Enjoy a memorable visit to California State Railroad Museum and learn about building the railroads to cross the might Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Overnight in Sacramento.

Day 2

Transfer to Amtrak Station to board the California Zephyr 11:00 AM departure.  View the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains and the historic rail route into Nevada.  Arrive into Reno’s Amtrak station at 4:00 PM.  Transfer to your hotel in Carson City.  Enjoy dinner at Reds Old 395 Grill or one of Carson City’s restaurant options.  Overnight in Carson City. 

·         Reno to Carson City :30 /20 miles

·         TOTAL: :30 /20 miles

Day 3

This morning visit the renowned Nevada State Museum and see the original coin press, one of the historic federal mint locations and other Nevada treasures.  Learn of Nevada’s railroad history at the Nevada State Railroad Museum including seeing the rare and newly restored McKeen Motorcar.  Enjoy an afternoon in Virginia City, one of the gems of the Old West.  Walk the plank boardwalks, browse the shops and saloons, and ride on the Historic V&T Railroad to experience real history.  Overnight in Carson City.

·         Carson City to Virginia City :30 /20 miles

·         Virginia City to Carson City :30 /20 miles

·         TOTAL: 1:00 /40 miles

 

Day 4

Today drive up the mountains to stunning Lake Tahoe for the views of a lifetime.  At South Lake Tahoe board the M.S. Dixie II or the Tahoe Queen for your relaxing Lake Tahoe Cruise the views of the lake and mountains.  Drive around the lake to the North Shore and onto Reno.  Visit the National Automobile Museum, featuring some of the most famous cars from Bill Harrah’s collection.  Board your 4:00 Amtrak train from Reno.  Enjoy Dinner on the train on your way to Elko, the heart of Cowboy Country.  At 9:30 PM arrive Elko and transfer to your hotel.  Overnight in Elko.

·         Carson City to South Lake Tahoe :45 /30 miles

·         South Lake Tahoe to Reno 1:30 /65 miles

·         TOTAL: 2:15 /95 miles

 

Day 5

This morning visit the new California Trails Center, which presents the history of the Gold Rush, Western Migration, Pioneers and the Donner Party.  Visit the Northeastern Nevada Museum which houses one of the best collections of wildlife and history of the area. Experience the sights and sounds of the Western Folklife Center and learn more of cowboy poetry and song.  See amazing saddles and leather creations at Capriola’s Saddle Shop.  Enjoy lunch at a Basque eatery such as The Star.  Depart Elko and travel South, stopping at McGill Drug Store, a small town establishment frozen in time.  Continue to Ely, have dinner in a jail cell at Cell Block Steak House at the Jail House Casino Motel.  Check into historic Hotel Nevada or one several comfortable lodging options. Overnight in Ely.

·         Elko to McGill 2:45 min/170 miles

·         McGill to Ely :15 min/10 miles

·         TOTAL: 3:00 /180 miles

Day 6

Ride the rails this morning on Nevada Northern Railway, also known as the Ghost Train.  Explore the East Ely Railroad Depot museum.  Depart Ely and head south to Cathedral Gorge State Park, for some fun adventure in exploring the slots and caves of the park.  Continue to Caliente, the “Railroad Town” of Lincoln County and stop for a visit at the historic mission style Caliente Railroad Depot.  Continue on toward Las Vegas for a fun evening with dinner and a show.  Overnight in Las Vegas.

·         Ely to Cathedral Gorge 2:00 min/120 miles

·         Cathedral Gorge to Las Vegas 2:45 min/165 miles

·         TOTAL: 4:45 /285 miles

Day 7

This morning head for charming Boulder City, and ride the Nevada Southern Railway, part of the route the supported the building of the Hoover Dam.  Enjoy a tour of magnificent Hoover Dam and have lunch at the Boulder Dam Hotel.  Depart Boulder City for Las Vegas for additional days or your departure from Las Vegas Airport

·         Las Vegas to Boulder City :30/25 miles

·         Boulder City to Las Vegas Airport :30/25 miles

·         TOTAL: 1 :00 /50 miles

Hotel Options

 

Sacramento:         

            Delta King Riverboat Hotel: DeltaKing.com

 Holiday Inn Old Town Sacramento

Carson City: 

Hampton Inn Carson City

Gold Dust West

Marriott Courtyard Carson City

Holiday Inn Express   

Elko:

The Red Lion

Hilton Garden Inn Elko

TownPlace Suites Elko  

Ely:               

Hotel Nevada www.hotelnevada.com ,

Prospector Hotel & Casino www.prospectorhotel.us

Jailhouse Casino Motel www.jailhousecasino.com

Ramada Inn & Copper Queen Casino www.elyramada.com

La Quinta www.laquintaely.com

Boulder City:       

Boulder Dam Hotel www.boulderdamhotel.com

El Rancho Boulder Motel www.elranchoboulder.com

Motorcoach Options

 CoachUSA, Elko : http://www.coachusa.com/elko/

Sweetours, Las Vegas  http://sweetours.com

Silver State Trailway,s Las Vegas http://silverstatetrailways.com

LeBus, Salt Lake City www.lebus.com

Celebrity Coach, Las Vegas  http://www.celebritylasvegas.com

 


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