Visiting Northern Nevada
Northern Nevada is your one-stop for everything your heart desires. From bustling city venues to historical landmarks to peaceful and tranquil settings, Northern Nevada has it all. Whatever your passion, Northern Nevada is sure to deliver.
As the hub of Northern Nevada, Reno is a short drive from anything you could want. Besides boasting several activities within the city limits, once you’re here, you’re less than an hour away from all that Northern Nevada has to offer.
Within an hour's drive, there are 18 ski resorts, Lake Tahoe, the state capital Carson City, thousands of mountain biking and hiking trails, several lakes that are perfect for fishing and boating, and the entire length of the Truckee River, which runs right through the center of Reno's downtown. Couple those activities with Reno's hotels and gaming, plus an exciting nightlife, and you have the perfect place to put up for a few days and enjoy some recreation. More about Reno
Just east of Reno, Sparks brings a wide array of events and attractions. The Sparks Hometown Farmers Market, Star Spangled Sparks, Nugget’s Best in the West Rib Cook-Off, Hot August Nights and Hometown Christmas are just a spattering of the events that attract thousands of attendants yearly. Sparks has come a great distance from its unassuming railroad roots. It has gained a distinguishing name as a leading special event venue, with annual attractions that draw hundreds of thousands of attendees. More about Sparks
Just 30 miles southwest of Reno rests the jewel of the high Sierra - Lake Tahoe. Boasting stunning scenery, Lake Tahoe was voted "America's Best Lake" by USA TODAY readers. With crystal clear waters that draw the eye and a variety of beach and mountain activities, Tahoe has what the outdoorsmen in all of us crave.
At 6,229 feet above sea level, Lake Tahoe is the highest lake of its size in the United States, measuring 22 miles long by 12 miles wide with 72 miles of pristine shoreline, a surface area of 191 square miles and an average depth of 989. More about Lake Tahoe
About 20 miles southeast of Reno lies a little bit of history in Virginia City. Most famous for the Comstock Lode, mining took place here for several decades in the mid 1800s. It now stands as a historic town with much of the history still intact today. Jump back in time and take a ride on a steam engine tour, visit a 19th century schoolhouse and venture down a mine in what was once the most important industrial city between Denver and San Francisco.
Virginia City became a highly urbanized, industrial setting and by the early 1870s, together with its smaller neighbor, Gold Hill, reached a population of nearly 25,000, becoming one of the nation's larger communities and home to Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain). More about Virginia City
A 30 minute drive from Reno, Carson City is the state capitol of Nevada, and has been the Nevada capital since the Nevada Territory was established in 1861. While it doesn't have the size or reputation of Reno, Carson City does provides interest and enjoyment to visitors by virtue of its frontier architecture and historical attractions. Adults and children are easy to keep busy here. More about Carson City
Truckee was named after a Paiute chief. His Paiute name was Tru-ki-zo. He was the father of Chief Winnemucca and grandfather of Sarah Winnemucca. The first people who came to cross the Sierra Nevada encountered his tribe. The friendly Chief rode toward them yelling "Tro-kay!", which is Paiute for "hello". The settlers assumed he was yelling his name. Chief Truckee later served as a guide for John C. Fremont. More on Truckee, CA.