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Reno Tahoe Facts At a Glance

Location

Reno-Sparks: Located at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, 13 miles east of the Nevada-California state line on Interstate 80.

Lake Tahoe: Bisected by Nevada-California borders, Lake Tahoe is 40 minutes southwest of Reno in the Sierra Nevada.

Population (2010 data provided by the Nevada State Demographer’s Office)

Reno: 225,221
Sparks: 90,264
Washoe County: 421,207

Elevation

Reno: 4,500 feet
Lake Tahoe: 6,200 feet

Climate

Averages more than 300 days of sun each year with wide variations in temperatures during a 24-hour period.

Number of Visitors

4.3 million in 2011

Airport

Reno-Tahoe International Airport provides non-stop or one-stop service to almost any major destination in the United States. Visit www.renoairport.com for more information.

Transportation

Served by Amtrak, Sierra Nevada Stage Lines, Greyhound, Frontier Travel and major national car rental companies.

Lake Tahoe Facts

Located 38 miles from downtown Reno, Lake Tahoe is approximately 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, with 72 miles of scenic shoreline; average depth is 989 feet and the deepest point 1,645 feet ; the water is 99.7 percent pure, about the same as distilled water.

Four Seasons

Year-round outdoor recreation within 90 minutes of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport includes:

Winter:

18 world-class alpine and cross-country ski resorts, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, sledding, ice skating.

Summer:

50 championship golf courses, hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountaineering, boating, sailing, kayaking, diving, water skiing, rafting, windsurfing.

Major Annual Events

March: Lake Tahoe Snow Festival
April: Reno Jazz Festival, Concerts in the Park
June: Reno River Festival, Reno Rodeo, Sparks Hometowne Farmer’s Market, America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride, Tour de Nez, Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Run Adventure
July: Artown, Reno-Tahoe Open, Lake Tahoe Food & Wine Festival, American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at Sand Harbor
August: Hot August Nights, Wooden Boat Week and Concours d’Elegance, Reno Gay Pride, Reno-Tahoe Blues Festival, Best-In-The-West Nugget Rib Cook-off and Burning Man
September: Great Reno Balloon Race, Virginia City International Camel Races, National Championship Air Races, Street Vibrations
October: Great Italian Festival, Tahoe-Reno International Film Festival, Nevada Day Celebrations
December: Sparks Hometowne Christmas

Attractions

National Automobile Museum: The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) sets the standard for world-class automobile museums and is ranked one of the “Top Ten” automobile museums in the nation by Car Collector magazine. The museum features one of the most comprehensive public displays of automobiles in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 200 cars.

National Bowling Stadium: This tournament-only facility has been called the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins,” by the Los Angeles Times and “Pin Place” by USA Today; the stadium features 78 championship lanes, a video wall, an IWERKS large-format theater and the world’s longest screen scoring display.

The Nevada Historical Society: Founded in 1904, the society is Nevada's oldest museum. The NHS also maintains a unique research library.

The Nevada Museum of Art: Nevada’s only accredited art museum features an array of fine art exhibitions with both mainstream and cutting-edge contemporary appeal. For audiences of all ages and interests to encounter, engage and enjoy in an awe-inspiring architectural structure.

Pyramid Lake: The last remnant of a prehistoric sea, Pyramid Lake is today regarded as one of the best trophy lakes in the world for the Lahontan cutthroat trout and is known for its jagged rocks, tufa formations and chameleon-like waters that change with the seasons.

Sparks Marina Park: An 80-acre lake with fishing, swimming, boating and a beach located in Sparks also features a 2 ¼ mile paved path and will be bordered by a nautical-theme development.

The Truckee River Whitewater Park: The man-made whitewater park runs through the heart of downtown Reno creating an unparalleled urban-meets-outdoor experience. The $1.5 million park, which opened in 2004, is designed for kayaks, canoes, rafts or inner tubes and is accessible for all level of water enthusiasts. Each June, it attracts the world’s best kayakers who come to compete at the annual Reno River Festival.

Virginia City: Known as “The Liveliest Ghost Town in the West,” Virginia City is the famed site of the Comstock Lode, the world’s most spectacular gold and silver discovery; tour the town, go underground into actual gold and silver mines and enjoy a variety of yearly events and the area’s rich Western heritage.

Wild Island: Located in Sparks, this water-fun resort features a water park, 36-hole miniature golf course, go-cart raceway and complete game center and arcade.

Wilbur D. May Museum and Arboretum and Great Basin Adventure: Located at Rancho San Rafael Park, the museum and arboretum offer visitors a children’s educational museum and in the summer a petting zoo, log flume ride and gold panning.

Arts & Culture

Reno Tahoe offers a host of cultural and heritage museums, attractions and performances, some of which include:

  • Artouring, Reno
  • Comstock Wild Horse & Mining Museum, Virginia City
  • Fleischmann Planetarium, Reno
  • Fourth Ward School, Virginia City
  • Grimes Point Archaeological Area, Fallon
  • Historical Reno Preservation Society Walking Tours, Reno
  • Kit Carson Trail, Carson City
  • Mark Twain Museum, Virginia City
  • Magic Underground
  • Nevada Gaming Museum, Carson City
  • Nevada Historical Society, Reno
  • Nevada Museum of Art, Reno
  • Nevada Opera Association, Reno
  • Nevada Repertory Company, Reno
  • Nevada State Museum, Carson City
  • Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City
  • Nothing To It! Culinary Center, Reno
  • Pioneer Center for Performing Arts, Reno
  • Pyramid Lake Museum & Visitor Center, Nixon
  • Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno
  • Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno
  • Sparks Heritage Museum, Sparks
  • Stremmel Gallery, Reno
  • Truckee Rivers Arts District, Reno
  • William F. Harrah Foundation National Automobile Museum, Reno


Accommodations

Reno-Sparks: Offers approximately 20,000 guest rooms within five miles of the Reno/Tahoe International Airport.

Lake Tahoe: Offers a variety of first-class hotels, motels and gaming properties in addition to numerous vacation rental options.

Visitor Information

Reno Tahoe USA
Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA)
800-FOR-RENO (800-367-7366)
www.VisitRenoTahoe.com