5 Fall Favorites in Reno Tahoe

Happy fall! I assume you’re reading this while you’re either waiting in line for a PSL (no judgement here,) you’re on your way to check out fall colors, or you just finished searching the back of your closet for your box of scarves. Either way, it’s time to read these five solid reasons to make Reno Tahoe your fall-cation destination.

Prime Paddling at Lake Tahoe

Summer is over and you know what that means… no summer crowds at Lake Tahoe! With over 300 days of sunshine in the Reno Tahoe area, fall is the perfect time to get out onto that famous crystal clear water. Kayaking and paddle boarding are two favorites. The water is the warmest it will be all year and Tahoe’s calm morning water is paddling paradise. It is fall (haven’t you heard?) so maybe wear something a little warmer than a bikini. Totally up to you. If you’d rather not get on/near the water, try one of the many world class hiking trails that offer miles of panoramic views.

Paddling out of Speedboat Beach, Lake Tahoe on the @lakeshoresup wet woody board. Shot with my @gopro #visitcalifornia

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Fly fishing fun

Reno Tahoe is home to some of the best trout fishing in the Western United States. Whether it’s the beautiful Truckee River or the majestic Alpine Lakes, the options for where to fish are endless! Fall is the perfect time to find your favorite fishing spot and sip on some cold ones.

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Must-Try Seasonal Sips & Treats

Mmmm fall drinks and treats. Whether it’s filled with caffeine or of the adults only variety, fall drinks are kind of the greatest thing about fall. There’s a whole world of specialty coffee shops and foodie favorites in The Biggest Little City, and some of them offer seasonal specialties. Several of our 30+ breweries are also getting into the autumn spirit by releasing seasonal brews. Go ahead and get festive and visit all of them. Maybe not in the same day.

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Cool Colors

No filter needed in Reno Tahoe. These colors are just begging to be photographed, and you must oblige. The leaves begin changing at the end of September and peak in October. Take a look at some of the best places to go “leaf peeping” around Lake Tahoe and the Biggest Little City. You’ll see plenty of tourists and locals walking along the Truckee River for some great shots… and some great spots to grab a bite. Be sure to tag #RenoTahoe when you post for a chance to be featured on our Instagram.

 

Entertaining Events

We have almost as many events as we have colorful leaves. Almost. With events this fun (and unique!) you are guaranteed a good time this fall in Reno Tahoe. Here are just a sample of the many events happening in the area.

October 14 | REDRUN

Historic Virginia City transforms into a zombie apocalypse in this one-of-a-kind obstacle run. This spooky sporting event features real haunted landmarks and a post-run saloon crawl

October 21 | Reno Zombie Crawl

One of the biggest zombie bar crawls in the world, the Reno Zombie Crawl is one of USA TODAY’s Top 10 Costumed Halloween Parties in the US. Join 20,000+ at this scary fun event in downtown Reno.

October 22 | PumpkinPalooza

Celebrate all things pumpkin! Named a “Top 10 Event” by Food Network Magazine, PumpkinPalooza features live music, pumpkin derby, pumpkin seed spitting and pie-eating contests in Sparks Victorian Square.

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Seeing Snow

Winter is coming. While the ski resorts up at Lake Tahoe don’t officially open until late October/November, the anticipation is growing with their Opening Date announcements. Mother Nature even seems excited herself, blessing the Sierra Nevada with some snow on the last day of summer.