From the Eldorado Hotel in Reno
Car show downtown
Reno and Lake Tahoe are only 32 miles apart so they make a good combination destination. Depending on what you are looking to do will depend on how long your stay may be. For many, they are just passing through.
Reno and Lake Tahoe
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The Eldorado Hotel
Walking Virginia Street at night
Lake Tahoe from the north, looking south
Views driving around the lake
Views driving around the lake
Reno has lots to do. Reno has an art museum, a safari zoo, an arboretum, an animal park, many casinos and several places to get 30 minute marriages (or divorced depending on how the trip is going).
Lake Tahoe is the 2nd deepest lake in the United States and 8th deepest in the world. The lake is surrounded by mountains, filled with dark blue water and accessible to much of California. I can see why it draws so many, but I still didn’t like it. Although the lake is very scenic with lots of outdoor opportunities, you can’t help but feel the commercialization of the lake. The few public access points to the shoreline of this enormous lake made me sick…and I usually love private ownership. Maybe I’ll go back in winter because when we visited it was hot and overcrowded. Just passing through, I thought I could easily find a hotel. Wrong, I ended up with the family in a dive with no A/C. Worse was I paid over $100, close to the amount I paid for a 500 sq. foot studio suite in Reno the following day. (I had found a great online “Monday only” deal at the Eldorado Hotel). Tours of every sort imaginable exist around the lake from sailing to star gazing, para-sailing to paintball.
This is the famous neon sign “Reno, The Biggest Little City in the World.” It’s worth a shot at night to say you been there when you see it in a movie someday.
Downtown River Walk
The Downtown River Walk is an enjoyable way to see the area and have lunch in. Hopefully some events are going on, if not the route accesses other parts of the city.
Virginia Street at Night
With lots of colorful lights and people all around, you can find something to do…even if it’s throwing your money away at the Casinos.
A hike up Mount Rose was on my agenda but it was blasting hot when we were there and I just couldn’t put myself or my family through that. Mount Rose at 10,776 is one of the tallest in the area, 5 mile hike to a spectacular view of Lake Tahoe and Reno.
South Lake Tahoe
From tent and RV camping to luxury hotels, it’s all there. Everyone is here to relax on beaches, take a paddleboat out, bike the paved trails, take cruises on the lake, visit the little museums and art galleries, go antique shopping, take a hot-air balloon ride, visit Mansions and Castles, stay in fancy lodges, etc. I just didn’t get it…the area completely failed to draw my interest. Maybe next time I’ll line up a nice hotel and try it again? Tours of every sort imaginable depart from here.
Heavenly Aerial Tram
Somehow I missed this one. Heavenly Ski Area out of South Lake Tahoe has a tram that will take you up 2.4 miles to 9,123 feet. From the top you have a perfect view of the lake, a restaurant to eat at and hiking trails as well. There is also a zip line, the longest in the lower 48, 3,100 feet of drop! Squaw Valley Ski Area on the other side of the lake has one as well….go figure.
Lake Tahoe Scenic Drive
Driving around (at least the California side) is the experience you are looking for to remember the area. The Lake Tahoe drive is 72 miles long with numerous vistas allowing for great pictures. You can go horseback riding and waterskiing anywhere, if you’ve come a long way to visit.....see the lake!
Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail
This 165-mile trail is open to hiking, horses, and mountain biking (in most areas). The trail is the ridge tops of the Lake Tahoe Basin with around 50 miles of it being the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
A six mile trail up Mount Tallac for views of Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake and the High Sierras.