Region: American West
Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (GMT -8)
Best for: Outdoor adventures, winter sports, casinos
Ski Report: Yearly Snowfall at Tahoe Ski Areas: 300-500 inches
Don't miss: Reno's Developing food and micro-brewery scene
Fun Fact: Reno is actually west of Los Angeles
A little background.
Known as "the biggest little city in the world", there is so much to do in Reno, Nevada and nearby Lake Tahoe that you may need to come back and visit a second time! Although home to 18 world-class ski resorts, other great activities include hiking, biking, kayaking, and even rock climbing. Add that to the 50 golf courses in the area, and you just may have found your ultimate outdoor adventure destination. With an average year-round temperature of 54 degrees, Reno is a great place to visit at any time of year. JetBlue serves Reno and the Lake Tahoe region with nonstop service from New York (JFK).
Kayak to town
The Reno/Tahoe area is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to kayak from a mountain resort all the way to downtown in one day. Although it takes the greater portion of a day, the ride is extremely beautiful, traversing multiple landscapes, including mountains, meadows, a desert, and finally downtown Reno.
Explore the Sierra Nevadas
The Reno / Lake Tahoe area boasts the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America, with more than 18 alpine and cross-country resorts less than 90 minutes from the airport. Many ski resorts are closer, starting at just 25 minutes from the airport. Because of its unique micro-climates, the Tahoe-area ski resorts receive between 300 and 500 inches of snow a year, while Reno itself enjoys a much more moderate climate without so much snow. Even if you don't want to ski for the entirety of your trip, many other activities, including snow shoeing and dog sledding are available at ski resorts.
Arts and Entertainment
Reno / Tahoe enjoys an exciting art scene, with varying events for all tastes and styles held throughout the year. One of the lesser known events is the Midtown Art Walk, which showcases the culture of Reno's Midtown district by pairing artists with Midtown merchants. Browse the shops of midtown while enjoying local artists' work and the music of live bands, which are set up on almost every corner.
Hit the Jackpot
Known as the "Vegas before Vegas" Reno was formerly known as the gaming capital of the world, attracting visitors from around the world to its many casinos. Today, many of the area's other activities are what make Reno and Lake Tahoe famous - but there are still a number of casinos worth trying your luck at.
There's the pitch
Reno's baseball stadium is different from many of the other stadiums throughout the US. While most only host major league baseball teams, the Reno stadium plays host to not just baseball, but also a number of different events throughout the year. For example, in the winter, part of the field is converted into an ice skating rink - and there are even lessons available. Other events throughout the year include concerts, craft beer shows, and haunted houses for Halloween.