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Iconic Winter Photo Spots in Reno Tahoe

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Maybe it was an awesome photo that inspired you to visit Reno Tahoe – winter in Reno, Nevada is known for being photogenic. Either way, you won’t want to miss capturing these share-worthy moments while you’re in town on your next winter vacation. Out of hundreds of beautiful sights and awesome activities in Reno Tahoe, here’s a list of the top iconic shots you must take to document your trip to the Biggest Little City.

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Reno Arch

There’s snow place like Reno Tahoe, and the historic Reno Arch located next to the Whitney Peak Hotel is the perfect spot to capture your wintry moments. It’s no secret – the Biggest Little City looks dazzling in a blanket of white snow.

Chickadee Ridge

Snowshoe across the meadows at Mount Rose summit to Chickadee Ridge, and become one with nature. The curious chickadees, of which Chickadee Ridge is named after, are known to perch on the hats, snowshoes and even hands of visitors! Have your fairytale moment and take a picture of a chickadee sitting calmly in your hand at the top of this ridge. While you’re up there, snap a shot of the beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. You’ll be able to see distant peaks of Desolation Wilderness, Crystal Bay and Relay Peak from this location.

Chairlift Selfies

Reno Tahoe has the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America! This means it’s easier than ever to grab your friends and head to the slopes. While spending the day at one of these world-class resorts, capture the moment and take some selfies on the way up the chairlift (just don’t drop your phone!)

Frozen Waterfalls

Hiking is a year-round adventure in Reno Tahoe! Hike in the foothills of Reno or around Lake Tahoe and you’re sure to discover a frozen waterfall or two this time of year. A local favorite is the hike to the Hunter Creek waterfall pictured below!

Tahoe Views from the Slopes

Catch a glimpse of Lake Tahoe, the jewel of the Sierra Nevada, from many of the world-class ski resorts nearby. Capture breathtaking views of the lake at Diamond Peak that is sure to wow your followers. Other resorts including Mt. Rose, Palisades Tahoe, Northstar and Heavenly provide great views for an equally picturesque shot.

The Space Whale

Admiring artwork from Burning Man is easier than you think. From Black Rock City to downtown Reno, some amazing Burning Man art installations are displayed in Reno’s City Plaza and along Reno’s Neon Line. The Space Whale is one of many pieces of art straight from the playa. Take a stroll through the city to see these pieces, and in the evening head to the City Plaza to see the Space Whale lit up for the perfect shot! Keep exploring to find even more amazing public art around the city.

Sleigh Rides

Don’t let the cooler weather stop you! The sleigh bells are ringing and Sand Harbor Nevada State Park has the perfect wintry activity your friends and family will love. Take a ride through trees covered in snow with a horse-drawn sleigh ride tour. Fairy tales do come true in Reno Tahoe!

Fire Pit Hangs

Put your feet up and relax around a cozy fire pit this winter. There are plenty of picture-perfect fire pits for you and your friends to gather around after a long day of exploring. Grab a cocktail on the patio overlooking the Truckee River at the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel & Spa or warm up next to the fire pit at Grand Sierra Resort after a few turns on The Ice Rink.

Looking for more photo spots year round? Check out the best photo spots in Lake Tahoe here.

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