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South Lake Tahoe, United States
Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Go back in time to the old Wild West on this tour from South Lake Tahoe to Virginia City, Nevada, including a train ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad. With a guide, you’ll start your day trip by minibus, driving along part of the Pony Express. When you reach Virginia City, a National Historic Landmark District, take a 6.5-mile round-trip train ride before enjoying free time in town to explore at your leisure, perhaps visiting museums or a historical saloon.
  • Travel along part of the Pony Express trail to Nevada’s oldest city
  • Take a ride on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad
  • Visit museums and historic mansions, if you wish (own expense)
  • Learn about the region’s geology, history and wildlife from a knowledgeable guide
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Transport by air-conditioned shuttle bus
Train ride
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Lunch
Admission to attractions (optional)
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort departure time: 8:20am
Marriott Resorts departure time: 8:30am
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel departure time: 8:40am

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Your day trip begins as you depart South Lake Tahoe with your driver/guide by minibus, with seats that recline and large windows that provide views of the mountain scenery during the approximate 90-minute drive across the state line to Virginia City, Nevada.

During the drive, which passes through Carson City, Nevada’s state capital, listen to commentary from your guide about the area’s local animal life, plant life, geology and mining history during the days of the Wild West. Travel along a portion of the old Pony Express, the route from the 1860s that transported mail across the United States, before arriving in Virginia City, which began when the country’s first major silver deposit was discovered.

Hop off the minibus at the Virginia & Truckee Railroad station for your 6.5-mile (10.5-km) round-trip train ride that takes you to the town of Gold Hill and back. During the journey, learn about the history of the railroad, which dates back to 1869. After your train ride, you have about 2.5 hours of free time in Virginia City to spend at your leisure. Explore the historic district, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, and admire 19th-century buildings that line Main Street like the opera house and historical saloons like the St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church. Perhaps check out a museum or two, such as The Way It Was Museum or Mark Twain Museum, or have lunch at a local eatery, such as the Delta Saloon. (All entrance fees, food and drinks are at your own expense.)

At the end of your free time, re-board the minibus for the return drive to South Lake Tahoe, where your day trip ends.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Virginia & Truckee Railroad
7 mile train ride from Virginia City to Gold Hill and back.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Comstock Lode
Comstock Lode - Silver City, Gold Hill, Virginia City
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Virginia City Visitor Center
On C street
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Delta Saloon
Great place for lunch and refreshments
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Way It Was Museum
Recommended museum by Discover Lake Tahoe Tours
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church
Must see...
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Genoa Bar
Oldest bar in Nevada
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended to bring comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover Lake Tahoe Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Wild West Day Trip from Lake Tahoe with Train Ride?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Traveler Tips


  • "If you're interested in mining history the train is fine, but other than that I would recommend taking the trolley instead, you get to see more." See review
  • "Great to not have to drive and be able to view the scenery without worry." See review

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-2
The company that booked...
Hilda_W
, Sep 2021
The company that booked our trip told us that it was a 7 hour ride on an air conditioned train and it was not.
star-5
Great trip
Tracy_R
, Aug 2021
It was hot and smoky around the Lake Tahoe area. We loved it. We would do it again. And would recommend it
star-5
Great day!
Mary_G
, Aug 2021
It was a beautiful day for seeing the views. Our driver and the guide on the train were very friendly and informative. We had a great day wandering Virginia City.
star-3
Uncomfortable & Expensive
Jennifer_F
, Jun 2021
The train ride was nice, but honestly we thought it was going to be longer and less shuttle and some kind of drink or something for 144 a couple!!! The shuttle was informative, but everyone was bursting (needing to use the restroom). There should have been a bathroom stop along the way!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
The train ride is a 7 mile round trip which is disclosed on every site and is a small portion of the tour. Most guests that sign up for this tour, do it because they love the history of mining and the Wild West and enjoy the narration part from the driver. We will definitely consider a restroom stop.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Wild West Tour
Arlene_G
, Sep 2020
The knowledge of our driver/historian is very commendable. I learned a lot in that short period of time. Thank you!
star-3
Nevada Charmer
Barbara_William
, Aug 2020
I would have given this (5) stars, but on the day before our scheduled train tour, I received a text saying the train wouldn’t be running!! Reason, wouldn’t be making enough money during the week!! They decided to run it during the weekend!! How disappointing this was!! The bus tour guide was GREAT 👍🏻 & Virginia City was charming!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Train not running
Barbara_B
, Aug 2020
The bus driver was very informative and nice. Virginia City was also fun for my grandkids and myself. Only down fall was apparently the train is only running on the weekends. The day before my schedule to take it, someone called and said the train was not running and asked if we still wanted to go. I said yes, but the driver of my bus/van part of the tour told me it only runs on the weekends. So you might want be sure on your dates if it runs or not.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-4
Great!
Jacqueline_P
, Jul 2020
The tour was excellent!! Although we were disappointed not to get the train ride. Our driver was very knowledgable and entertaining. Our driver took extra time to share with us views and stops. He was great!!
star-5
Wild wild west
JWB
, Jul 2020
Guide/driver very knowledgeable and considerate. Dont miss the underground mine tour. We even saw wild mustangs. .
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Nothing Special
Liz L
, Oct 2019
The place seemed kind of run down; it was disappointing. I was expecting something nicer with more character. But if you're looking to spend a few hours and have lunch, it's OK. The train ride was simply 3 miles one way and back again. If you're interested in mining history the train is fine, but other than that I would recommend taking the trolley instead--you get to see more.
2 travelers found this review helpful

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