Reno Tahoe’s Top 10 of 2020

Looking back on the past year, it’s clear that Reno Tahoe really is a place where the most ambitious and creative adventure-seekers come to play. As we look back on the year, it’s nice to be reminded of the good that came out of the challenges we all faced. Here’s to looking ahead to a bright future!

Your Reno Tahoe Top 10

For the Love of Art

Reno Tahoe is home to dozens of murals and Burning Man art pieces, and in 2020 we welcomed even more art into the community. Reno’s Neon Line, located on 4th Street, came to life with Burning Man sculptures and vintage neon signs. An already larger-than-life mural in downtown Reno got even bigger when artist Erik Burke finished a nearby wall to complete the beautiful floral mural overlooking Pine Street. For those who were missing the eclectic line-up of performances during Artown, the event organizers put together a virtual experience to keep the spirit of the arts alive and well. We look forward to even more creative expressions in 2021!

Keeping Our Community Healthy

When the year started, businesses such as 10 Torr, Bently Heritage and bigtruck didn’t imagine how their production efforts would change to serve the community. Those who call Reno Tahoe home are resilient and dream big, so it should be no surprise that these businesses, along with many others, found ways to shift their normal business efforts to help keep our community healthy. Distilleries such as 10 Torr and Bently began making hand sanitizer, and bigtruck added masks (including Reno Tahoe masks!) to their retail line-up.

Midtown, Reimagined

Reno’s Midtown District has been an up-and-coming neighborhood for several years, with restaurants, coffee shops, bars and boutiques opening in the area. This year, the district unveiled a fresh look, complete with wider sidewalks, better parking and even a sculpture as the centerpiece of the newly-added round-about. Now there are even more reasons to explore this fun and exciting part of Reno!

Visit Victorian Square

Victorian Square in Sparks has long been a hub for events and entertainment. Recent revitalizations have brought new businesses and more energy to the area. While exploring the revitalized Victorian Square, you can grab a bottle or draft beer at Piñon Bottle’s second location on Avenue of the Oaks. Another new addition to the area is Depot Gallery, featuring local and regional artists, and adding to the entertainment vibe of the area.

Road Trips Reigned

Nevada is home to plenty of wide-open spaces and miles of open road – some paved and some not. This year was definitely one that called on travelers to answer the call of the highway and plan some epic road trips. Whether you made the trip to Reno from the Bay Area, Las Vegas, Southern California or elsewhere, you know that it’s often about the journey just as much as the destination. If you’re looking for road trip inspiration for next year’s getaway, or memorable drives once you’re here, we have ideas for your next road trip to Reno Tahoe.

Earth Day Recycled Art Creations

The artistic talent, creativity and love of Mother Nature came through for Earth Day 2020. Anyone who loves Reno Tahoe, local or otherwise, was invited to create an artistic piece using trash and items from around their home. Some of the creations were featured in Forbes magazine!

Powder and Peaks

If you’re a skier or snowboarder, hitting one of Tahoe’s resorts is a no-brainer. With the highest concentration of ski resorts in North American, Reno Tahoe is a skier’s paradise. Reserve your lift ticket in advance so you can roll out of bed at your hotel in Reno and be on a chair lift within an hour.

Say “Ahhhhh…”

Northern Nevada is famous for its natural hot springs but getting to those remote springs can be a challenge. If you prefer a more ‘civilized’ experience, head to David Walley’s Resort Hot Springs in Carson Valley where you can soak in naturally-heated mineral pools and their heated swimming pool.

Views on Views on Views

There’s a reason that Lake Tahoe is repeatedly at the top of ‘must-see’ and ‘most beautiful’ lists. There are miles of trails around the lake that will take you to scenic vistas, but one of the most dramatic can be found along the Flume Trail. This trail runs between Spooner Lake and Tunnel Creek and is a popular mountain biking trail in the summer months. For a shorter hike, start at Tunnel Creek Café and be on the lookout not only for jaw-dropping lake views but also the most famous monkey in Nevada – Monkey Rock.

Float On

Lake Tahoe isn’t the only body of water that deserves your attention. During the summer, the Truckee River, which runs through downtown Reno, is an ideal place to cool off. For a truly local experience, get a tube and float from one of the city parks upstream into downtown where you can play in the rapids at the whitewater park or dry off and head to one of the bars and restaurants along the Riverwalk.

So, where are you going to start? For even more ideas, check out the Reno Tahoe Ultimate Insiders Guide to find all the local favorites.

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