Nevada's capital, Carson City  is located along the eastern front of the Sierra Nevada, in the Eagle Valley, just east of Lake Tahoe, south of Reno, and north of Douglas County and the Carson Valley communities of Minden, Gardnerville, and Genoa. The Carson River flows through the southeast corner of the city. With a population approaching 65,000, Carson City is a picturesque, evolving destination with central access to the outdoors as well as larger and smaller communities nearby.
From the beginning, Carson City was intended to be Nevada's capital. Its cause was advanced by local fraternal orders and businessmen, chief among them Abraham Curry, who bankrolled and oversaw many of Carson City's early developments. Carson City was once home to an outlet of the US Mint. The collectible "CC" Carson City coins were produced here from 1870 - 1893.
With several hidden surprises for the history buff, Carson City is a pleasant daytrip from nearby Reno and Lake Tahoe.
The nearest international airport to Carson City is Reno-Tahoe International, 30 miles away via highway 395. Carson City has a small regional airport with no scheduled regular service via major airlines.
Carson City can be accessed via US Highway 50 from the east and west, and US Highway 395 from the north and south.
Highway 395 from Reno comes into Carson City just south of Washoe Lake. As of November, 2007, the divided freeway ends at the junction with Highway 50.
Highway 395 from Bishop comes into Carson City approximately 30 miles north of the Nevada/California border.
Highway 50 from Sacramento and Lake Tahoe comes into Carson City via Spooner Summit.
From the East
Highway 50 from Fallon, Austin, Eureka, and Ely comes into Carson City just west of Mound House.
Carson City is served weekday mornings and afternoons via Washoe County RTC's commuter express bus service RTC Intercity.
Carson City's transit service is called JAC (for Jump Around Carson) . Regular scheduled service operates 6 days a week hourly on 3 routes. RTC Intercity shares a few stops with JAC. JAC connects to Douglas County's transit service, DART . The route setup and schedule frequency of the various bus transit services operating in and around Carson City contribute to a strong recommendation against using public transit as your primary means of getting around in the Carson City area.
The US 395 Carson City Freeway is underway and currently terminates at the junction with US-50. In coming years this freeway, to be known as Interstate 580 Nevada, will run all the way through Carson City connecting to US-50 and the road to Lake Tahoe at the south end of town. Until then...
Carson Street, which is also US 395 business, runs north-south through the city. It is supplemented by Stewart Street, Roop Street, and Saliman Rd providing north-south connectivity through Carson City.
Williams Street is also US-50 as it heads east through Carson City. Highway 50 (as it is mostly referred to locally) is joined by 5th Street to the south and College Parkway on the north carrying traffic eastward and westward to and from Carson Street. The west side of Carson Street is actually known as Carson City's "West Side" and is served mainly by small neighborhood streets.
Downtown Carson City and the West Side are all easily explored on foot. The Kit Carson Trail , a route of blue lines and bronze medallions on the sidewalk, guides the visitor past a variety of historic and cultural attractions.
Carson City is the only Nevada city purchasing open space with a dedicated tax source. Those open spaces are in the process of coming online, however outdoor activity is still available in abundance in the area.
Carson City is not known for its shopping. You should be able to find any general merchandise you require along Carson Street or Highway 50. Downtown Carson City just near the capitol complex features a variety of small shops. At the south end of downtown, Carson Mall is currently in the planning phases for a coming remodel.