Travel Photo postcard – exploring Virginia City

Travel Photo postcard – exploring Virginia City

Welcome to the Travel Photo postcard series to get you out on the weekends and hopefully visit some of these wonderful destinations. Some of them maybe easy day road trips or even quick getaways from where you live so I hope this inspires you to see some of the world around you even if its close by to where you live. Today we are visiting Virginia City in southwestern Montana which is located about 90 minutes away from Yellowstone National Park.


Travel Photo postcard exploring Virginia City

What to see and do at Virginia city in Montana


Virginia City is a worthwhile tourist destination for visitors exploring Yellowstone National Park and is an easy day road trip or overnight stay from the west side entrance of the Park. Located in the famous Madison County folklore, the route from US 287 takes you through fascinating western towns including Ennis, Virginia City and Nevada city and surrounding area which is designated as a national historic landmark district.

Exploring the main downtown area of Virginia City



A pink fire truck exploring Virginia City



Originally a mining camp for gold seekers looking to strike it rich around the various regions with small towns popping up to support the mining community including Virginia City which was the capital city in the territory. The rich Alder Gulch was located in between Virginia city and Nevada city and was one of the biggest gold strikes along the Rocky Mountains. You can also take tours of the mining areas with this cool military truck and explore the abandoned trails of the early gold settlers.



The main theater exploring Virginia City


Virginia City’s bars and gambling halls

The once ghost town, is very much alive and represents a living history and museum of an old Montana western town circa 1864-1875. Many of the main storefronts are frozen in time, representing the Victorian era and lifestyle with gambling halls and bars, sundry shops and women’s apparel shops, theaters and a slew of western style businesses that supported the mining community.



An old time bar in The Virginia City Montana



Old one room shacks converted into an outdoor artisan mall

Small shotgun shacks turned into stores at Virginia City Montana

A foodie jamboree event on the outskirts of Virginia City


A foodie chuck wagon jamboree in Virginia City Montana

A foodie chuck wagon jamboree in Virginia City Montana



A foodie chuck wagon jamboree in Virginia City Montana



A firetruck converted to tour bus in Virginia City Montana


The popular red fire engine has been reconfigured into a tour bus that goes around town and stopping at various places of interests and historical value. Many of the shops maintain their original nature from the newspaper journal, livery stables to general sundry shops that you can go into and check out what an actual business would look like from the Victorian era in this Montana town.


An old time general store in Virginia City Montana


A general store and candy shop above and women’s sundry shop below


An old time fashion millinery store in Virginia City Montana


Along these storefront boardwalks are actual living museum stores mixed in with actual tourist shops selling a variety of western gear and souvenir items.



Old town board walk and store fronts in Virginia City Montana

Virginia City’s Amusement centers

Outside the bars, gambling halls and short term hotels lined up on the main drag, there were other entertainment venues including this center that houses all these cool vending amusement collections that actually work and are a fun nostalgic look at the popular trends, entertainment and lifestyle amusement machines of its day and still operating for visitors to enjoy.




An old fashion amusement coin machine in Virginia City Montana


The homes around the outskirts of the city, point to the wealth of the gold riches and elaborate Victorian homes that were built from the era. A few of these homes still are around and some have been converted into inns and other tourist businesses in the area.


Mansion on the outskirts of Virginia City Montana



More details to visiting Virginia City

Open 10 – 6pm, every day between Memorial to Labor day weekend.

The Virginia Shortline Railroad connects Virginia City to the adjoining Nevada City on a roundtrip train ride.

The Nevada city museum hosts history events within the ghost town, collectible displays and other cool exhibits.

Check out the Virginia City tourism website here for more details, updates and calendar of events.

If your looking to stay a few nights to explore the area, check out these hotel sites below for availability.

Virginia city hotel availability



Want to see more posts of the immediate area, check out the links below

Places to explore outside Yellowstone National Park

Wildlife tour at Yellowstone National Park

Grand Teton National Park & wildlife tour

Northwest National Park road trip



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17 Responses to Travel Photo postcard – exploring Virginia City

  1. Holly September 5, 2017 at 6:32 pm #

    I would love to see this in person. This looks like it is right out of one of the movie sets on the backlots in Hollywood.

  2. Paige Wunder September 5, 2017 at 4:29 pm #

    How fun! I always love visiting old style towns like this. I love the old chuck wagon. It looks like a very fun place to explore! Thanks for the tour!

  3. Jessica M September 5, 2017 at 11:18 am #

    Love the wild, wild west vibes of Virginia city, so retro! I visited Montana 17 years ago and I still think of how beautiful it is. This post brought great memories!

  4. Foodie Flashpacker September 5, 2017 at 6:48 am #

    How pretty! I’ve never been to VA city but it looks really charming. My favorite is the pic with the old pink car. It could be a postcard!

  5. Megan Claire (@mappingmegan) September 5, 2017 at 12:43 am #

    Thanks for the introduction to Virginia City – I love that it’s a great day trip from Yellowstone National Park. Lokos like it offers a very cool insight into gold mining culture/ history of the recent past. I love that old shacks have now been converted into artisan halls – very rustic chic! The store fronts definitely act as a living museum – I would love to visit and explore for the day. Thanks for the postcard(s)!

  6. WanderingCarol September 4, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    Oh, I love the one-room shack craft mall. The whole place looks strangely familiar and I think I might have visited when I was on a high school tour to Yellowstone. The gold industry brought so much history to places like this. We have some towns like this in Canada, too.

  7. Patricia Steffy (@PLSteffy) September 4, 2017 at 11:28 am #

    I love that they revived the ghost town! So many amazingly beautiful buildings are here. You can feel the gold mining history — seriously, so many touches from the bunting to the colors that make you feel like you have stepped back into the past. I’m ready to take a tour on that fire engine bus. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  8. Carola September 2, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

    I love that they managed to preserve the old wooden Victorian mansions. Do you know whether it’s possible to sleep there? Are they open to the public or are they still private homes?

    Happy continued travels!

    • Noel September 3, 2017 at 2:43 am #

      Yes,some of the older Victorian homes have been converted into small inns which really add to the experience of staying at Virginia City in Montana.

  9. Wiebke Siemering September 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    Such lovely shops and restaurants – looks like a very cute town 🙂

    • Noel September 3, 2017 at 2:44 am #

      I agree, they did a good job representing the old and new in Virginia City.

  10. Suzanne Fluhr August 30, 2017 at 6:08 am #

    As usual, you have painted a “you are there” picture, this time of Virginia City, with your narrative and your evocative photos.

  11. Rhonda Albom August 30, 2017 at 12:51 am #

    This is a really cute old western town. I really like your photos of the Americana.

  12. Carole Terwilliger Meyers August 29, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    Wow, this is making my head spin. I first thought you were writing about Virginia City in Nevada, then saw it was in Montana, but some of the names overlap what you find out here in California’s Gold Rush Country, including a Nevada City in California. Hope to visit this other Virginia City one day, when my head stops spinning!

  13. travelnwrite August 28, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    What a great place! I expected Pa or Hoss or Little Joe Cartwright to be in one of those photos. 😉

  14. jane August 28, 2017 at 4:53 am #

    Great photos, Noel (as always). I particularly like the character test based on hair colour – no woman would want to reveal that!!! Thanks for the mini-tour of Virginia City.

    • Noel August 28, 2017 at 6:03 am #

      It is a fun city to explore, thanks for visiting today Jane

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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