From Neon to Nature: Discover Reno Tahoe

Thinking of going to Tahoe this summer? Make it Reno Tahoe! Between the lively Riverwalk District, edgy arts scene, upscale restaurants, abundant lodging, and proximity to the Sierra Nevada, Reno Tahoe is the best choice. Here are five good reasons to add it to your itinerary:

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Bike the Arts Scene & Craft Brew Pubs

Reno’s known for its artistic edge and creativity (hello, Burning Man), so hop on two wheels and pedal around downtown. Roll past vibrant murals and impressive Burning Man art installations and sculpture parks, as well as the Truckee River. Gather your friends and check out the Brew Bike for a truly unique way to explore Reno’s bar scene. Pop into one of the craft brew pubs, including 10 Torr, Ole Bridge Pub, and Mellow Fellow.


Water you waiting for? It’s time to get flowing! The beloved Truckee River runs right through downtown Reno, so go on a guided float, and relish the rapids, the smooth sections, and the scenery. Choose a laid-back journey down the Truckee or opt for an adrenaline-fueled whitewater experience. Either way, follow it up with a bite and beers along Reno’s Riverwalk District.

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Lake Expectations

Tahoe is one of the best places on the planet for sunset viewing, and some of the best beaches, including Sand Harbor, Chimney Beach, and Hidden Beach, are just a short drive from downtown Reno. Dip your toes in the crystalline waters of Lake Tahoe, then watch the sun sink behind the mountains, painting the water in fiery hues. Magic hour indeed!

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River of Epicurean Dreams

Who doesn’t love a good river walk? Especially when it’s lined with really good restaurants, pubs, and artisan shops. Reno’s Riverwalk District makes for a lovely—and lively!—stretch of urban strolling. Wander the locally curated boutique shops, pop into art galleries, and dine on everything from fresh Mexican cuisine and wood-fired pizza to internationally inspired dishes paired with beautiful wines.

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Coming Up Roses

The 10-mile out-and-back hike to the summit of Mount Rose offers some of the grandest views of Lake Tahoe. If the peak is still snow covered, you can always hike to the trail’s waterfall, only 2.5 miles from the trailhead. If conditions are good, continue to the 10,778-foot summit. It’s a real huff and puff, but worth it, with views like Mount Tallac and Pyramid Peak, plus Reno, Washoe Valley, and Big Blue!

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