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3 awesome ways to experience Reno Tahoe

It may be a travel writing cliche, but Reno Tahoe really is a destination of contrasts. Here, wildlife scratches at the edges of the urban grid. The country’s largest alpine lake abuts its biggest little city. The Sierra Nevada erodes into the sandy high desert. The Old West meets modern luxe.

Different personalities, different sides, different ways to explore. To mirror this, the region invited six influencers for a visit and paired them in three unlikely combinations — just like the contrasts of Reno Tahoe:

ADVENTURIST + ENTREPRENEUR: Sam Graves (@thesamgraves) and Renee Hahnel (@reneeroaming). The two share unchecked ambition, combining the best of Mother Nature with innovation and fresh ideas.

CULTURIST + RISK TAKER: Christine Tran (@tourdelust) and Joelle Friend (@joellefriend). They hit a mix of color, culture, hidden spots, and high-stakes situations.

FOODIE + WILD CARD: Jessica Stein (@cheatdayeats) and Amy and Brandon Burkley (@awaylands). These three went from food trucks and fine dining to whatever is under — or completely off — the radar.

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The Reno Tahoe spots these taste makers experienced are profiled below, broken up into three distinct ways to experience the city. Or the mountains. Or the desert. Or anywhere in between. Which will you choose?

This post is proudly produced in partnership with Reno Tahoe.

Tastes &

Oat milk lattes. Breakfast sandwiches that shouldn’t be legal. Food trucks that you get out of bed for. Cold pints to come down from the adventure, and views that deserve a toast — this is the Reno Tahoe food scene.

Hub Roasters Coffee

Not so long ago, Hub Roasters Coffee was three employees in a garage…


Food Truck Friday

Friday isn’t Friday — it’s food truck day…


A Reno Tahoe craft beer tour

Whether you’re in Midtown, downtown, over in Sparks, or up around the shores of Lake Tahoe…


Pignic Pub & Patio

The Pignic Pub & Patio is basically your best friend’s house…


The Eddy

The Eddy is what every bar should be: a true community space…


Photos provided by: @cheatdayeats, @reneeroaming, and VisitRenoTahoe.com

Sun &

Hard-core leisure meets intense relaxation. You can do it all: hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail, chilling on the beach, mountain biking around the country’s largest alpine lake, and then dipping in — why book that flight home if you don’t have to?

Rock climbing downtown

The tallest outdoor climbing wall in the world is right in downtown Reno…


Rafting the Truckee River

Bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, water shoes, and workout gear…


Paddling and jet skiing at Incline Village

On the north shore of Lake Tahoe lies Incline Village…


Swimming and hiking at Chimney Beach

A quick hop south from Sand Harbor, you’ll find the trailhead for Chimney Beach…


Mountain biking the Flume Trail

This is arguably the most popular trail in the area…


Photos provided by: @reneeroaming, @awaylands, VisitRenoTahoe.com, @tourdelust, and @cheatdayeats

Arts &

You’re in Burning Man territory now, where art exists to destroy monotony. To vivify life. To educate. To push at the boundaries, year-round, in ways only Reno Tahoe can.

Virginia City experience

30 minutes from Reno you’ll find an old mining town — saloon, old jail…


Burning Man Art Tour

Burning Man’s alternative city may fade into the sand every year like it was all a dream…


Midtown Mural Tour

There are 80+ murals hiding around Midtown Reno…


Nevada Museum of Art

Who said art museums had to be dry? The only thing that’s dry here is the champagne…


West Street Market / Riverwalk biking

How’s this for a day plan? Rent bicycles and head to West Street Market…


Photos provided by: @joellefriend, @tourdelust, @reneeroaming, and @cheatdayeats

This post is proudly produced in partnership with Reno Tahoe.
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