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 solid reasons why you need to experience fall in Reno like a local.
Summer is over which means the crowds at Lake Tahoe tend to dwindle, but more importantly the afternoon winds are no longer as prominent. 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. Lake Tahoe’s water temp is at its warmest in the early fall. Mix that with calm water (less boats!) and it truly is a paddler’s paradise. It is fall (haven’t you heard?) so while a bikini might still be doable some days, a hoodie is also acceptable. Kayaking or paddleboarding are some of the best Lake Tahoe activities in the fall.
Cooler weather and fewer crowds make fall the best time to hit the trails in Reno Tahoe, but please don’t forget the rules of the trail. The days are starting to shorten, so make sure you plan accordingly if you’re looking to summit one of Tahoe’s majestic peaks. Exposed hiking trails in Reno like Evans Canyon or Huffaker Hills can be brutal during the summer, but in the fall they’re perfect. This is also the perfect time to take your hiking route to a new level with Tahoe Via Ferrata and climb to some amazing views of Olympic Valley at Palisades Tahoe. 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.
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.
Yum, fall drinks and treats! Whether it’s filled with caffeine or of the adults-only variety, fall drinks are one of the greatest things 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 in the same day.
#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. For a more woodsy adventure, we recommend leaf peeping on the Whites Creek Trail. Seriously, the colors are unreal and it even made it in our Ultimate Insiders Guide. Be sure to tag #RenoTahoe when you post your Instagram-worthy shots for a chance to be featured on the Reno Tahoe Instagram page!
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 Ferrari Farms in Reno, or Andelin Family Farm in Sparks. In addition to pumpkins, these local farms offer fall festivities such as corn mazes, animal exhibits 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.
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. Nevada’s birthday also happens to coincide with Halloween. The Nevada Day Parade is October 29th in downtown Carson City and features a large assortment of activities in addition to the parade. 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.
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 Virginia City, 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’re lucky (or unlucky), you may just see an otherworldly specter float on by. Nothing screams fall like a little bit of fright.
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.
Three days of music discovery – what more could you ask for? This is your chance to get a front row seat to some new, unknown, unheralded bands before they blow up. This fall, step off the beaten path and discover something new.
One of the biggest zombie bar crawls in the world, the Reno Zombie Crawl is one of USA TODAY’s Top 10 Best Costumed Halloween Parties in the Nation. Join 15,000+ at this scary fun event in downtown Reno.
Celebrate all things pumpkin! Named a “Top 10 Fall Event” by Food Network Magazine, PumpkinPalooza features live music, pumpkin derby, pumpkin seed spitting and pie-eating contests in Sparks’ Victorian Square.
Dust off your skis and snowboards! Some 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 your trip to the mountain, make sure to check out the snow report and current road conditions at area resorts.
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