Looking back on the past year, it’s clear that Reno Tahoe really is a place where the most ambitious, adventure-seeking rebels come to play. Get inspired for the year ahead with this list of our top content from 2019. If you’re setting your sights on making this the year you try something new, connect with old (or new) friends more often or simply make use of those vacation days that are piling up, then pack your bags and we’ll see you soon!
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. Roll out of bed at your hotel in Reno and be on a chair lift within an hour. And if you’re flying into Reno, some area resorts offer deals on lift tickets and rentals when you bring your same-day lift ticket, making the dream of boarding a plane in the morning and a chairlift in the afternoon a reality. Even if you aren’t a black diamond junkie, many resorts offer plenty of things to do, from shopping and dining to ice skating and tubing.
Love a good ghost story? Then Virginia City is the place for you! This historic mining town is home to the famous Comstock Lode and was once the richest city in the country. Today, you can take a ghost tour or simply walk the wooden sidewalks and rub elbows with some characters from the town’s past.
Speaking of history, make sure to raise a glass at Nevada’s oldest brewery, Great Basin Brewing Company. Home of the “Icky,” named after the state fossil, the Ichthyosaurus, this is the perfect place to wet your whistle and satisfy your hunger. They offer a selection of flagship and seasonal beers so everyone in your group can find their perfect pint.
Yep, you read that right. Here in Reno Tahoe, we don’t put a limit on the fun to be had and nightlife has a life of its own! With plenty of venues hosting local, regional and nationally-renowned bands and DJs, you can sing and dance the night away.
Bringing the little ones? There’s no shortage of options when it comes to family fun. In addition to the abundance of outdoor activities to choose from, there are plenty of indoor options for the entire family. Kids of all ages will love the engaging experiences at The Discovery or try your hand at winning some fun prizes at the Circus Circus Midway. If your family is competitive, Need 2 Speed has go-karts that reach speeds of 45 mph or test your mini golf skills at Wild Island in Sparks.
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.
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.
From boutique to outlet malls, Reno Tahoe has plenty of shopping options but one that you can’t miss is Junkee Clothing Exchange. This unique thrift store is a vintage lover’s Mecca and a must-visit for those on their way to Burning Man. Here, you’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces to show off your individual style or complete the perfect costume.
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.
Every city claims to have an amazing events calendar, but in Reno Tahoe, we take it to another level. Almost every weekend you can find an event to attend, from food or music to bar crawls and quirky races (we race camels and outhouses around here!) – many of which are free to attend. No matter what time of year you’re visiting, check our events calendar and make your experience even more memorable!
So, where are you going to start? For even more ideas, check out the Reno Tahoe Ultimate Insiders Guide to find all the best local hot spots. Share your own top 10 Reno Tahoe experiences on social with the hashtag #RenoTahoe.