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Carson City has been the capital since Nevada became a state in 1864 and was the territorial capital before that.
The city is in the far west of the state, near the east shore of Lake Tahoe.
Carson City offers several modern attractions within its historic settings.
It also offers access to the region's stunning natural environment.
The capital has several exclusive shops and restaurants.
The busiest area of the city is the historic district next to the Capitol Complex.
The Kit Carson Trail winds through the streets, and several historic buildings invite window-shopping.
From antiques to household items, fashion and florists, this city center has it all.
Other storefronts include music stores, art galleries and comic book stores.
The entire area is very pedestrian friendly, and several metered-free parking lots nearby make it easy to leave your car.
Places to visit such as Lake Tahoe and Lake Washoe are less than half an hour's drive from downtown.
The city center offers many local restaurants and boutiques to explore between adventures.
The city was named after Highland Man Kit Carson and became the sixth largest city in Nevada.
Before explorer John C. Fremont set eyes on earth in the 1840s, the Washoe People occupied the region for thousands of years.
From the 1870s State Capitol to the old homes and shops that line the Kit Carson Trail, it's hard to miss a story when you visit.
And various tourist attractions such as museums, house tours and historic railway lines make this story a participatory experience.
The Nevada State Railroad Museum preserves and displays the history of the state's locomotives.
The museum is located south of the city center and occupies a large building with several wagons and locomotives inside.
Photographs and memorabilia are also part of the museum's collection.
Many exhibits at the museum relate to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
This 1869 event transformed access across the coasts, ushering in a new era of commerce and migration.
Head to the Nevada State Museum for a deep dive into the Silver State.
It's a fun place to visit for some valuable tips and to start the Kit Carson Trail, as the historic walking trail runs in both directions from the museum.
The museum itself is inside the historic Carson City Mint, which dates back to the late 19th century.
Permanent exhibits range in themes from native populations to the rocks and minerals that make up the state's unique landscape.
Read about Carson City in Wikipedia