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Sun's Out, Fun's Out - Your Summer Must-Do List

With warm days and plenty of sunshine, summers in Reno Tahoe are second-to-none. For those who want to make the most of the long days, we have some ideas to get you started. So get out there and start making some serious summer memories!

Chill Out

In a place of contrasts, Reno Tahoe delivers the summer heat in the desert, but also provides some of the best lakes and reservoirs for a chance to cool off! Whether you're itching to try stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing or whitewater rafting, Reno Tahoe has plenty of water activities for you to explore. In the summer, you can take riverside fun to the max at the Reno River Festival! If relaxing on the beach is more your style, there is plenty of shoreline for spreading out a blanket with friends and family. Head up to Lake Tahoe or find a spot along the Truckee River and spend the day getting your dose of sunshine and cool water, all while taking in the mountain views.

Drink Up

With its breweries, distilleries and unique bars, Reno and Sparks have plenty of opportunities to enjoy cocktails, craft beer, wine and so much more. Grab a drink on a patio, sample a flight of craft beers at one of the local breweries or enjoy one of our many happy hours. Raise a glass to summer!

Photo Ops

We think Reno Tahoe is one of the most picturesque places you can visit (not biased at all… wink, wink). From our beautiful landscapes to our vibrant art scene, and not to mention our incredible sunsets, you will leave here with plenty of great photos. But we know that there are those iconic places you MUST take a photo of, so why not cross a few of them off your list this summer? Find all the most Instagram-worthy spots in Reno Tahoe.

Par for the Course

They say golf balls fly farther in Reno Tahoe, and we think there is only one way to find out. This summer, play a round at one of the more than 50 golf courses within an hour’s drive of Reno. There are golf courses with sweeping views of downtown Reno, as well as those nestled in the pine trees. Grab your clubs and get ready to play your best game!

Grab a Bite... Al Fresco

Nothing says summer like grabbing a bite or drink in the fresh air, and there are plenty of great options for patio dining in Reno Tahoe. Rooftop bars and restaurants with ample outdoor seating mean you take advantage of the plentiful sunshine while taking in the views with friends. For those who prefer to spread a blanket in the grass and sample a variety of food choices, you won't want to miss out on one on the many food truck events happening throughout the summer.

Artistic Inspiration

Burning Man's electric energy is present in Reno's public art displays all year long. Take a stroll around the city and have your curiosity illuminated by the various art installations while you check them off your list. Check out the larger-than-life BELIEVE and Space Whale sculptures at City Plaza, or stroll through the Sculpture Garden in Bicentennial Park along the Truckee River. You don't have to be at the Playa in August to get a dose of Burning Man!

Hit the Trail

Reno Tahoe is a landscape of trails meant to be hiked or biked for sunrises and sunsets, or anything in between! Take advantage of the available terrain and climb a mountain for a glorious view at the top, or explore the miles of trails through Northern Nevada's high desert.

For even more ideas for adventures to check off your list, see what travel experts Jess.Wandering and EverChangingHorizon were up to during their visit to Reno Tahoe.

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