Standing in the shadow of Mount Davidson and overlooking the Eastern Sierras, Virginia City, NV has a long and interesting history. An Old West boomtown, Virginia City developed almost overnight after the Comstock Lode, a massive stripe of silver ore, was discovered in 1859. During the late 1800s, the town was held to be one of the most important cities between Chicago and the West Coast. It also counted a young Mark Twain among its residents -- the author worked for the local newspaper, the Territorial Enterprise, until he skipped town to avoid a duel in 1864.
Of course, as the ore dwindled, so did the population, and by the 1880s, the city was almost a ghost town. It has seen a bit of a resurgence, though -- the whole downtown area has been designated as a National Historic Landmark, and over two million visitors flock to see it every year.
With no designated dog park or even community park in town, you might be forgiven for thinking that Virginia City isn’t the most fur-friendly place. You and your pooch are still sure to sniff out something to do, though -- leashed doggos are welcome on some of the tours, and there are some furrifically fur-friendly hiking options nearby. And if your buddy longs to lose the leash, don’t worry -- Virginia City is quite close to pup-friendly Reno and Carson City, so you’ll find plenty of op-paw-tunities for adventure a short drive away!