Tracking Mark Twain through the West

When the great American author was just starting out, he went west, and he did more than write

Who flies to Reno, Nev., on a spring evening, rents a car and heads into the mountains with no skis, no mountain bike and a backpack full of books? Me.

WHERE TO STAY: Silver Queen Hotel, 28 N. C St., Virginia City, Nev.; (775) 847-0440, silverqueenhotel.net.

Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, 6944 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista, Calif.; (800) 564-6754, franciscanlodge.com.

Victoria Inn, 402 Main St., Murphys, Calif.; (209) 728-8933, victoriainn-murphys.com.

Murphys Historic Hotel, 457 Main St., Murphys; (800) 532-7684, murphyshotel.com.

WHERE TO EAT: Canvas Cafe, 110 N. C St., Virginia City, Nev.; (775) 453-5167, facebook.com/canvascafenv.

Tunnel Creek Cafe, 1115 Tunnel Creek Road, Incline Village, Nev.; (775) 298-2502, tunnelcreekcafe.com.

V Restaurant, 402 Main St., Murphys, Calif.; (209) 728-0107, vrestaurantandbar-murphys.com.

Camps Restaurant, Greenhorn Creek Resort, 711 McCauley Ranch Road, Angels Camp, Calif.; (209) 736-8181, greenhorncreek.com.

TO LEARN MORE: Virginia City Tourism Commission: visitvirginiacitynv.com

Visit California: lat.ms/goldrushadventures

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