Sometimes you just don’t know which restaurants have the best menu selection, where to find that cool mural you saw on Instagram or which brewery is pouring exactly the style of beer you love. Other times you’re looking for a high-flying adventure or a cruise around Lake Tahoe. Fuel your ambition with any of these good-times-guaranteed Reno and Lake Tahoe tours. In addition to the list below, be sure to check out Reno Tahoe tour operators that can accommodate larger groups.
Want to ride around with a group of friends on a bicycle bar, combining a bar crawl and a (low-key) cardio session? Enter the Reno Brew Bike. On this Reno tour, you’ll earn your beer through the collaborative pedaling of a bar-top trolley. Cruise around some of the best tasting establishments in Reno, sampling brews and bites along the way.
Reno is a community that loves their arts, and we have more than 120 murals in Midtown and downtown painted by local, national and international artists to prove it. If you’re an art junkie, Midtown Mural Tours is a great way to experience the heart and soul of the Biggest Little City. Take your time, adventure down alleys and don’t forget to bring your camera on this self-guided tour of Reno’s artistic side.
Get to know the culinary side of Reno’s vibrant downtown and hip Midtown districts with these tasty food tours. Reno Food Tours offers different tour options throughout the year. You can experience the taste of downtown with the Downtown Tour, or you can embrace Reno’s Midtown District and art culture with the Midtown and Murals Tour. If you have a large group, private tours are available.
Sierra Comstock Tours offers narrated tours to two of Reno Tahoe’s most iconic spots, Virginia City and Lake Tahoe. Their Virginia City and Lake Tahoe tour departs from local hotels year-round. The tour itself lasts seven hours and features a two-hour exploration of Virginia City and a tour of Lake Tahoe. Although it is a driving tour, there are plenty of chances to get out and take in the sights. It can be difficult to see everything in Reno Tahoe, and this tour is a great way to cover some ground.
There is no better way to take in the beauty of Carson Valley than the V&T Railway. In its heyday, this historic railroad, which dates back to 1868, successfully operated 30-45 trains daily on the 55-mile railroad to support the booming mining industry.
The V&T is no longer a working train route, but since renovations in the early 2000s, it has become a historic tourist attraction. Offering a 24-mile round trip tour from Carson City to Virginia City, the Virginia & Truckee Railroad Tour is a fully narrated journey on a 1916 Baldwin locomotive, taking you through a scenic route of tunnels, canyons and mining towns.
A unique Virginia City experience, the Bats in the Belfry Tour takes brave visitors through the city’s most haunted locations, throughout which costumed tour guides tell chilling historical and paranormal stories of the Silver Queen Hotel, Mackay Mansion, the Washoe Club and more.
Experience the rich history of Nevada’s capital on along the Kit Carson Trail. This self-guided tour includes stops at Nevada’s first brewery – Carson Brewing Company – as well as the State Capital Building, Governor’s Mansion and many other historic points of interest. Be on the look-out for ghostly happenings as many of the locations are reportedly haunted!
Action Water Sports, located in Incline Village, offers historic Lake Tahoe tours, with an adventurous twist. Get a birds-eye view of Lake Tahoe with their parasailing tour, sail around the lake on the Sierra Cloud Catamaran or race across the water in a formula yacht charter. If you’d rather customize your experience, they offer comprehensive boat and watercraft rentals, including boats, jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards.
The historic Thunderbird Lodge offers tours of the estate, as well as tours of Lake Tahoe aboard the Thunderbird Yacht. Built in 1936, the lodge has a lighthouse room, servants’ quarters, gaming room and a 600-foot underground tunnel that leads to the boathouse, where the Thunderbird Yacht, the most valuable wooden yacht in the world, is housed.
If you are up for a day of adventure, check out the Tahoe Adventure Company Paddle tour. This kayaking trip will start you at Sand Harbor State Park, where you will paddle an easy 1.5 miles along Lake Tahoe’s magnificent shoreline ending at the Thunderbird Lodge. This tour includes lunch on the beach and a fully guided tour through the Whittell estate.
Cruise around Lake Tahoe on this historic, 120-passenger paddle wheeler. The Tahoe Gal departs daily from Tahoe City, and takes guests to sites like Ehrman Mansion and Vikingsholm Castle. This is a great opportunity to experience the lake while also learning about the unique history of the area.
This all-season resort has a tour for everyone, including one of their most popular tours aboard the M.S. Dixie, which departs from Zephyr Cove and cruises to beautiful Emerald Bay.
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