What’s the attraction: Nestled at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada range, Genoa, Nev. is a historic town just 25 minutes east of Lake Tahoe. The area was a piece of the old west’s history when explorers made their way through it. The town first became a trading along the Pony Express in 1851 and was named Genoa in 1855. Today, the town has a population of 250 and offers its visitors a calming atmosphere filled with history.
Learn local history: Take a walking tour of the town of Genoa. The Mormon station was the first permanent non-native settlement. A replica of the original trading post houses a museum with artifacts from the pioneer era. The museum is open to visitors during the summer months Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are also picnic areas on-site for families to enjoy. Take a walk past some of the other buildings that line Genoa’s Main Street. One of them is the John S. Childs building, which was erected in 1862 and served as a dry good store. Adjacent to that building is a stone structure built in the 1870s. It was also used as a dry goods store and today serves as an antique shop.