Road Around Lake Tahoe Winter

Plan Your Winter Road Trip

If you’re looking for winter road trip ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Some of the best road trips end with Reno Tahoe as their destination. From beautiful Lake Tahoe to Reno’s bustling arts and food scenes, there is something for everyone here.

For those daydreaming of travel, get road trip inspiration from our #VirtualRoadTrip page.

Where Can I Go on a Winter Road Trip?

Whether your destination is Reno or you’re looking for views along the Lake Tahoe loop, you are sure to encounter a snowy wonderland on a winter road trip to Reno Tahoe.

Travelers from the San Francisco area can take I-80 East to reach Reno Tahoe. You’ll be happy to know that on this road trip, it’s just as much about the journey as it is about the destination. If you’re looking for the best spots to stop to stretch your legs… and maybe test out that new sled, there are plenty of opportunities for snow play off I-80 on your way to Reno so you can make the drive just as much fun as the destination itself!

Snow parks like Donner Summit Sno-Park, Soda Springs’ Tube Town, Boreal’s Playland and Tahoe-Donner Snowplay make great stops along I-80 to take a break from driving and enjoy a few trips down the slopes. Make sure to plan ahead, as some snow parks require passes or reservations.

Looking for some bigger hills to slide down? You’ve come to the right place – Reno Tahoe has the largest concentration of ski resorts in North America. And because of Reno’s proximity to Tahoe ski resorts, it means you can hit the snooze button a couple of times and still get first chair. Most ski resorts are within an hour of downtown Reno.

So, whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, tubing hill champion or you love kicking back in the lodge with a mug of hot chocolate, a winter road trip to Reno Tahoe is sure to be an unforgettable experience. While others are hibernating for the winter, Reno Tahoe really comes to life when the snow falls, and there is no end in sight when it comes to winter activities! From snowshoeing to dog sledding to cross country skiing, the Reno area has everything you need to fully experience winter.

Did you know that the drive around Lake Tahoe is considered one of the most scenic drives in the United States? If you choose to take the loop around the lake during this time of year, expect to take extra care to drive safely in winter conditions. We promise that the breathtaking views of the lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains are totally worth it.

Reno Tahoe offers a variety of hotels and accommodations to fit everyone’s needs. From the action of downtown Reno to more mellow vibes in Lake Tahoe, you will find it here. Foodies will love sampling the restaurants in Reno Tahoe’s eclectic food scene where you’ll find a mix of classic favorites to mouthwatering new hot spots. Love craft beer and cocktails? There are plenty of breweries and distilleries where you can find just what you need to quench your thirst after a day in the snow.

Winter Road Trip Tips

While winter road trips can be an unforgettable experience for you and your family, it is important to plan ahead to ensure a safe drive. In the event of unexpected weather or snow and ice on the road, you must understand how to drive safely in winter conditions. Follow our tips below. We also recommend doing your own research!

  • Be sure to check the weather forecast, road conditions and snow reports ahead of time
  • Be sure to pack chains, water, blankets, food and extra provisions
  • Have your car inspected by a professional to ensure that it is well-equipped to make the trip
  • Remember that driving in winter conditions can take longer than in regular conditions so plan accordingly and allow time to spare on the road
  • A shovel, jumper cables, tow rope, ice scraper and a first aid kit are always a good idea to have on hand

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