Your guide will provide lodging pickup beginning at 9:00 AM in the Tahoe Scenic Tours van. Exact pickup time for your location will be confirmed the night before. From South Lake Tahoe, guests will experience a 40 minute drive up the scenic Geiger Grade. Your guide will share history, facts, important sights, and tell stories on the drive to Virginia City, where the largest silver rush created a city that was once the Richest City in America in a matter of a few years.
Upon arrival in Virginia City, your guide will offer itinerary suggestions to help determine your best experience for 2 hours of Wild West exploration. Guests will have time to enjoy the VT Railroad, take a trolley tour, tour historic mines, visit one of the many museums, shop, and dine in one of the many historic restaurants. The VT Railroad offers a 45 minute ride in a historic locomotive that travels on the same path that carried materials and workers to the mines in the 1860s, as well as a 20 minute tour of the town. The VT Railroad is the best way to get a lay of the land and hear the brief, yet rich history. For those that want a more hands on experience of what it took to work in a silver mine, join a mine tour. In these tours, you will walk hundreds of feet underground where the mine guide vividly paints the grueling picture of the miner's work day. There are also 15 museums and historic sites for those that want a true history lesson. Guests can also follow the wooden sidewalks tracing South C Street, the main street in Virginia City. The main street is full of unique and historic restaurants and shops to explore. If you are lucky, there might be some wild and fun events such as civil war reenactments and ostrich races happening during your visit. After visiting Virginia City, Tahoe Scenic Tours will transport your group back to your lodging between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm.
Tahoe Scenic Tours offers an 8 person van, where each passenger will be able to enjoy a window seat in a captains chair. The offered 8 person tours encourage a more intimate experience for our guests, allowing for personalized stops along the way, as well as the opportunity to ask questions in a comfortable, small setting.
Please bring plenty of water, a camera, jacket, sunscreen, and comfortable walking shoes.
The price does not include food, drinks, activities, or driver gratuity.