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A city of natural beauty, charm, history and western hospitality, this state capital got its name from Kit Carson, the legendary trapper, scout and explorer. A trip to the city is a living history lesson; one need only jump on the Kit Carson Trail downtown, which passes old mansions, courthouses, a depot and a brewery, to experience a taste of life in the Old West. The State Capitol, built in 1870, offers a look at the birth of Nevada as a state and Carson City as its capital. Other historic landmarks, cultural heritage centres and museums dot the landscape around town, but don't forget your golf clubs -- the city is well-known for the Divine Nine, a group of top-rated courses designed by pros such as Arnold Palmer, Johnny Miller and John Harbottle and set amid the magnificent Sierra Mountains. After a little golf, gambling or sightseeing, spend some time at the Carson City Hot Springs. You'll emerge feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for more exciting activities.