Visit Reno Tahoe

300 days of bright sunshine.  That should be an incentive for anyone to visit the Reno Tahoe area.  But more than just brilliant blue skies, painted desserts, and a chic city, the Reno Tahoe area is a playground for fresh-air fun, exciting nightlife, and a thriving arts and culture scene.

Recently, our friend Katie DeMuth from the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority joined the Destination Dispatch team to chat up this awesome city.  She shared some amazing highlights and insider advice for your next visit.

Check it out!

If Katie’s episode got you thinking about Reno Tahoe, we’ll seal the deal with a few secret spots and must-see treasures you’ll have to explore for yourself!

Virginia City

Virginia City is known for putting Nevada on the map in 1859 when a major lode of silver ore was discovered.  However, this little town has become infamous as one of the most haunted in the U.S.!

Virginia City

Virginia City is set steeply on the side of a mountain with countless mining shafts and tunnels running beneath.  It’s brimming with western-style adventure, a nostalgic steam train, and lavish Victorian mansions.

Talented craftsmen ply their trades as you stroll down wooden streets or crawl from saloon to saloon.  A Comstock Adventure Pass gives you access to the mines and museums that tell Virginia City’s stories.

Virginia City school
Reputedly Haunted Fourth Ward School

But when the sun sets in the hills, Virginia City’s first residents make their presence known!

13 Haunted Spots in Virginia City

Great Reno Balloon Race

You don’t want to miss this spectacle of high-flying beauty!  The Great Reno Balloon Race is the largest FREE hot-air ballooning event in the world.  It’s an enchanting sight with nearly 100 balloons blazing with kaleidoscopic color against a deep blue September sky.

Reno Balloon Race

Check out this year’s event September 9-11, 2022.

Raptor Adventures

Speaking of high-flying spectacles, Raptor Adventures offers one of nature’s finest.  Get up close and personal with exquisite birds of prey and watch as they soar through the High Desert sky.

visit reno tahoe hawk

Experience the hawk’s skill and agility first-hand while learning about biology, conservation, behaviors, and more.

Sand Harbor and Hidden Beach

I mean… who can resist a spot with such an intriguing name?!  Hidden Beach sits just off Highway 28 south of Incline Village.  It’s a magnificent stretch of white sand and crystal-clear turquoise water surrounded by towering trees and giant boulders.

Sand Harbor in Reno Tahoe

Parking is at a premium, but a newly developed 3-mile walking and biking path will take you directly from Incline Village to this little slice of paradise.

Reno Food Tours

See downtown Reno at its best as Reno Food Tours shines a culinary spotlight on local cuisine and craft cocktails.  From historical highlights to current hotspots, there’s a tour for every palate!

Reno Tahoe

Here’s a “sample” of what you can expect…

Taste the Best of Reno

Wilbur D. May Center

Blinded by the bright lights of the Biggest Little City, be sure you don’t miss this gem.  The Wilbur D. May Center is the only place in Nevada where you’ll find a shrunken head and beautiful botanical gardens in the same location.

Wilbur May was “an adventurer, world traveler, rancher, artist, pilot, businessman, Soldier, and Reno philanthropist.”  He was uncompromising in his quest to travel and forged friendships with indigenous people from around the world.  His vast interests allowed him to curate a unique collection of artifacts and objects.

More About Wilbur’s Incredible Story

Learn more about Wilbur’s lifelong journey and explore thousands of rare items from his private collection at the Wilbur D. May Museum.  Then stroll the magnificent Arboretum & Botanical Garden featuring unusual plants and beautiful layouts.

A must-see indeed!

Death & Taxes

None of us can escape them, so we may as well make the most of them!  Death & Taxes is a Reno speakeasy with an old-time apothecary feel.  You’ll find some of the best craft cocktails and a sophisticated atmosphere to help you relax after a busy day.

Reno Tahoe Bartend

Schedule a bartending class, wine tasting, or pairing when you book a group experience ahead of time, or simply recharge with great food and spirits before heading out for a night on the town.

Visit Reno Tahoe

The Reno Tahoe area is rich in beauty, culture, and outdoor adventure – so grab your sunglasses and plan to visit Reno Tahoe!

Visit Reno Tahoe

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