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Vacation like a Rock Star

Nathan Willet and Matt Maust from Cold War Kids escape to Reno Tahoe to find inspiration from the culture, art and adventures offered by the Biggest Little City in the World while on break from their World Tour.

First Time On A Jet Ski

Vocalist Nathan Willett and bassist Matt Maust headed straight to Lake Tahoe after their morning flight from Los Angeles. They couldn't wait to hop on a Jet Ski, cruise around the lake, and take in an adrenaline rush with amazing views. It was Willett's first time on a Jet Ski - and probably not his last.

After a day on the lake and ready for more recreation, the band was pumped to take the scenic 45-mile drive from Lake Tahoe to Reno. In the heart of Reno, they took a stroll along the Riverwalk, stopping at new murals and outdoor bars.

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Finding Inspiration

Songs by the Cold War Kids were inspired by elements of geography, and being surrounded by the tall pine trees overlooking the blue water of Lake Tahoe gets ideas flowing. From the Tahoe Flume Trail to the Eddy in Reno, the band explored some of the best places to breathe in fresh air and refresh creative juices. They said it's hard not to get inspired by the views of Lake Tahoe and the authenticity of Reno.

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Mixing it Up

Vacationing like a rock star must include some lessons on the growingly popular paddleboards, followed by craft cocktails made by one of the top mixologists in the country. Paddleboarding is a great way to get on the water, relax and truly experience the wonder of the area. After a day in nature, the members drove back to Reno to relax in MidTown, a quickly-growing neighborhood.

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Some scroll through the day. Others seize it. Go do something crazy. And tag it #RenoTahoe so we can see it.