• Gabriella Viola

48 Hours in Carson City Nevada: Top Things To Do, Where To Stay, Places To Eat!

Updated: Jul 10

Top things to do in Carson City Nevada

Just 30 minutes from Lake Tahoe and Reno lies Carson City, Nevada. A city that I've driven past quite a few times but never stopped to explore.

I recently had the opportunity to spend an October weekend in Nevada's State Capitol (a beautiful time to visit with all the fall colors!). I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Carson City is a mix of historic charm, outdoor recreation, eclectic cafes and shops, and inviting local breweries and restaurants.

Here are some of the top things to do in Carson City, Nevada.

A huge thank you to Visit Carson City for making this experience possible.

-Top Things To Do-

Kings Canyon Waterfall

Kings Canyon Waterfalls Carson City Nevada
Kings Canyon Waterfall in October
Kings Canyon Waterfalls Carson City Nevada

Kings Canyon Waterfall is a beautiful 25-foot waterfall that flows year-round (but is fullest in spring). To reach the falls, it's a short and easy .5 mile round trip hike from the Kings Canyon Trailhead. We did this hike around 11 am on a Sunday and had to it ourselves for about an hour!

Tip: If you want to keep the hike short, make sure to take the trail on the right side of the parking lot (the one with the stairs). If you take the trail to the left, it will add a mile or so to the hike.

Kit Carson Trail

Deer on the Kit Carson Trail in Carson City Nevada
Family of deer on the Kit Carson Trail

The Kit Carson Trail (which is more of a road that you can walk or drive) takes you through Carson City’s picturesque historic district. Along the trail are 18th-century style Victorian homes (some of them are said to be haunted), landmarks, museums, and churches.

Visit Carson City has a detailed list of all of the stops along the Kit Carson Trail, as well as a link to a downloadable trail map.

We checked out the trail on a Sunday morning and came across a small herd of deer casually grazing along the sidewalks, which was an exciting surprise!

Carson River Park

Carson River Park in the fall in Carson City Nevada
Fall foliage in Carson River Park