See why Reno is the perfect spot to start all of your greatest adventures.
Travel gurus Jess.Wandering and EverChangingHorizon loved their first trip to Reno Tahoe so much that they couldn’t wait to come back for round two. They experienced new scenery, cooler weather, neon lights and that same crystal clear water we know and love. Jess said it best. This is where the largest alpine lake collides with the Biggest Little City in the World! And the result is a beautiful contradiction of high adrenaline activities, burgeoning art scene and remote solitude.
Located 20 miles north of Gerlach and about 100 miles north of Reno is the eye-catching Fly Geyser. A collision of human error and natural geothermal pressure created this rainbow-colored geologic wonder. While the geyser is still located on private property, you can book a three-hour guided tour with Friends of Black Rock High. A visit to Fly Geyser was just the beginning of Jess and Quin’s journey into the abyss or better known as the Black Rock Desert.
The Black Rock Desert is best known as the home of Burning Man, but the Playa is open year-round. With over 200-sq miles of flat and open desert, the opportunities for adventure are endless. Did you know the state of Nevada has more hot springs than any other? The Black Rock Desert is home to a few, so pack your swimsuit and soak it up.
With very little light pollution, the night sky lights up on the Playa. Bring a telescope and your camera for some of the best stargazing in the West. Make a day of it and explore Guru Road, Pottery X and Soldier Meadow all located on the Burner Byway.
If you’re looking for wide-open spaces, then you’ve come to the right place. Put the pedal to the medal and off road in the vast desert or hike to a secluded alpine lake in the Sierra Nevadas. And the best part about traveling during the offseason is you just might get the place to yourself.
Known for its ridiculously clear water, Lake Tahoe is a year-round gem. Rent a clear kayak from Wild Society in Kings Beach for a magical adventure through the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe. Head out early to avoid any afternoon wind and don’t forget your waterproof camera!
With a max depth of 1,644′, Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the U.S. Because of its size and depth the lake never freezes and the temperature varies slightly. However, the lake is at its warmest during the fall months. If you can catch one of our Indian Summer fall days, don’t be afraid to take a dip in Big Blue.
Emerald Bay is always a must-see for Jess.Wandering and EverChangingHorizon. But how could it not be, just look at that view? We definitely recommend seeing the sunrise over Emerald Bay in all four seasons. After your mountain escapades, it’s time to drive back to Reno for some city exploring.
To fully see Reno you’ll need more than an afternoon. Take yourself on an art tour to see some of the amazing installations straight from the Playa or any of the 80 murals painted around town by local and world-renowned artists. City Plaza features two art installation from Burning Man, the Space Whale and the BELIEVE sign.