When Visit Carson Valley reached out to us about visiting, we weren’t able to point it out on a map. After doing some research, we learned that although it’s close to Carson City, Carson Valley is the oldest region in Nevada. Carson Valley is made up of four communities: Gardnerville, Genoa, Minden, and Topaz Lake. Genoa, the first non-native settlement in Nevada, felt like the quintessential small town. On top of all of that, Carson Valley makes an amazing home base for other destinations.