Things to do in Virginia City, Montana
Virginia City is a historic gem that used to be the capital of Montana. I've been visiting Virginia City since I was five years old, and I'm always happy to make the trip.
There's something very peaceful about strolling the boardwalks and enjoying the stories of such an important little town in Montana's history. (It wasn't so little way back when!)
The area around Virginia City was considered the richest place in the Rocky Mountains with gold deposits estimated to be worth about 100 million dollars. Alder Gulch runs between Virginia City and Nevada City, about a mile apart. The gold discovery happened in 1863.
Virginia City hosts plenty of cool events throughout the year, especially in the summertime. Even when there's NOT a big thing going on, it's easy to just enjoy the town with a historic tour, some lunch, a cold beer and a train ride.
For instance, if you're able to head to Virginia City this weekend or sometime soon:
Saturday, July 16th, 2022: Virginia City Brewfest - 12 noon until the taps run dry! Breweries, cider houses and distilleries will be represented. Live Music! Bale of Hay Saloon, Pioneer Bar, Wells Fargo, Road Agent's Roost, Elks Lodge are all participating.
Saturday, July 23rd, 2022: Bozeman Trail Celebration - Happening 8 am to 7 pm in Depot Park. GO HERE for full event details and to order tickets online. 8:30 - 10am Guided Bozeman Trail Hike. 10:30am - 12 Bozeman Trail via Horse or Wagon. 11:30am - 1pm Hot Dog Roast @ VC Pond $3/child $6/adult. 11am - 7pm Cowboy Music, Poetry, and Readings from the Trail. 5pm - 7pm Cowboy BBQ $10/child $20/adult.
There are several good places to eat, drink and shop while you're visiting Virginia City. Obviously, you've got many historical buildings to peek inside.
VISIT THE VIRGINIA CITY PRESERVATION ALLIANCE HERE (events, details, local info and guided trips. Very helpful stuff at this site!)