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Fall Favorites in Reno Tahoe

Happy fall! We assume you’re reading this while you’re either waiting in line for a PSL, (no judgment 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 nine solid reasons why you need to experience fall in Reno like a local.

Prime Paddling at Lake Tahoe

Summer is over and you know what that means… no summer crowds at Lake Tahoe! With more than 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 paddleboarding 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.

Epic Hiking and Biking

Cooler weather and fewer crowds make fall the best time to hit the trails in Reno Tahoe. The days are starting to get a little shorter, so make sure you plan accordingly if you’re looking to summit one of Tahoe’s majestic peaks, and remember the new rules of the trail. Fall is the perfect time to take your hiking route to a new level with Tahoe Via Ferrata and climb to some amazing views of Squaw Valley. No matter what you do grab your favorite seasonal brew from one of Reno Tahoe’s local breweries and enjoy it on a mountaintop while basking in the sun. It’s doesn’t get much better than this.

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, the majestic alpine lakes, or the world-renowned Pyramid Lake, the options for fishing near Reno and Lake Tahoe are endless! Fall is the perfect time to get out in nature and find your favorite fishing spot.

Must-Try Seasonal Sips & Treats

Yummmm, 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 Reno in the 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 breweries are also getting into the autumn spirit by releasing seasonal craft beers. Go ahead, get festive and visit all the Reno Tahoe breweries – just maybe not all in the same day.

Cool Colors

#NoFilter 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 in downtown Reno looking for some great shots… and some great spots to grab a bite. Be sure to tag #RenoTahoe when you post your Instagram-worthy shots for a chance to be featured on the Reno Tahoe Instagram page!

Perfect Pumpkin Patches

Visiting a pumpkin patch and finding the perfect pumpkin to carve is a classic fall activity, and luckily Reno has several pumpkin patches to choose from! Visit Lovig Farms or Ferrari Farms in Reno, or Andelin Family Farm in Sparks. In addition to pumpkins, these local farms offer fall festivities such as corn mazes, animals the kids can pet and other attractions from mid-September through Halloween. Grab a hot cocoa, throw on your favorite scarf and get ready to find your favorite pumpkin while you breathe in the crisp autumn air.

Fall Festivities in Carson City

Just a quick thirty-minute drive from Reno, Carson City offers several things to do in the fall. Enjoy the brilliant fall foliage while walking along the Kit Carson Trail. This trail will lead you through Carson City’s historic district and is chock-full of beautiful Victorian architecture, including historical churches, houses and museums. The Kit Carson Trail is the perfect mix of nature, architecture and history that will certainly get you into the fall spirit. If getting outside the city limits and seeing the sights in a unique way is what you’re after, check out the Carson Canyon Railbike Tours. These railbikes are perfect for families and let you experience the beauty of Carson Canyon.

Haunted Virginia City

After you have explored all of our favorite fall spots in Reno, head on up to Virginia City to enjoy the spookier side of the season. In this historical mining town, the cool autumn air won’t be the only thing that will give you the chills. Check out the most haunted spots in Virginia City… if you dare. If you’re lucky (or unlucky), you may just see an otherworldly specter float on by. Nothing screams fall like a little bit of fright.

Winter Is Coming

Dust off your skis and snowboards! Lake Tahoe ski resorts have announced opening dates beginning in late November. Just looking at the snow photos below is getting us excited! Before you plan you trip to the mountain, make sure to check out the updated health and safety protocols in place at area resorts.


Visit our outdoor activities page for more fall-tastic information!

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