Northern Nevada is your one-stop for everything your heart desires. From bustling city venues to historical landmarks and tranquil settings, this region has it all.
As the hub of northern Nevada, Reno is a short drive from anything you could want. Besides boasting myriad activities within the city limits, once you’re here, you’re less than an hour away from all that northern Nevada has to offer.
Within an hour’s drive, there are more than a dozen ski resorts; Lake Tahoe; the state capital, Carson City; thousands of mountain biking and hiking trails; several lakes that are perfect for fishing and boating; and the 114-miles of the Truckee River, which runs right through the center of downtown Reno. Couple those activities with Reno’s hotels, casinos and nighttime entertainment, and you have the perfect destination for whatever experience you’re chasing.
Just east of Reno, Sparks brings a wide array of events and attractions. The 39 North Marketplace Farmers Market, Star Spangled Sparks, Nugget Best in the West Rib Cook-Off, Hot August Nights and Hometowne Christmas Parade are just a spattering of the events that attract thousands of attendees each year. The City of Sparks has distinguished itself as a great special events destination in the West, furthering its apropos slogan, “It’s Happening Here.”
Just 30 miles southwest of Reno rests the jewel of the high Sierra – Lake Tahoe. Boasting stunning scenery, Lake Tahoe was voted “America’s Best Lake” by USA TODAY readers. With crystal clear waters that draw the eye and a variety of beach and mountain activities, Lake Tahoe speaks to the inner-adventurer and lover of nature within all who visit.
At 6,200 feet above sea level, Lake Tahoe sits higher in altitude than any other lake of its size in the United States, measuring 22 miles long by 12 miles wide, with 72 miles of pristine shoreline, providing a surface area of 191 square miles and traversing 1,640-feet down to its deepest point.
Roughly 20 miles southeast of Reno lies a little nugget of history in Virginia City. Most famous for the Comstock Lode, mining took place here for several decades in the mid-1800s. Jump back in time and take a ride on a steam engine tour, visit a 19th-century schoolhouse and venture down a mine in what was once the most important industrial city between Denver and San Francisco.
Virginia City became a highly urbanized, industrial setting and by the early 1870s, together with its smaller neighbor, Gold Hill, reached a population of nearly 25,000, becoming one of the nation’s larger communities and home to Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain).
A 30-minute drive from Reno, Carson City has been the Nevada capital since the Nevada Territory was established in 1861. While it doesn’t have the size or reputation of Reno, Carson City does provide interest and enjoyment to visitors by virtue of its frontier architecture and historical attractions.