Top Must-do Spring Activities
Explore Like a Local: Springtime Action in the Colorful Wildflower Abundance of Northern Nevada.
Reno Tahoe Territory’s Must-do Checklist for a Rewarding Story-Worthy Vacation.
Rarely can your action seeking travels be as effortless as in this part of the world thanks to the proximity of the nearby towns of Reno/Sparks, Carson City, Virginia City, Carson Valley, North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe. And because every day should include some type of unique active exploration, here are the top picks to inspire your spring season adventure choices in Nevada’s Reno-Tahoe Territory.
Virginia City Must-do List:
When USA Today recognized Virginia City as one of its top 10 “Best Small Towns in the Southwest” it definitely had this town’s authentic and quirky events in mind. And the springtime season certainly welcomes a line-up of delicious events to help you savor the journey.
Each May, hungry fans head to Virginia City to enjoy Chili on the Comstock, a weekend of chili and beer in the history town. Sample chili while strolling the wooden board sidewalks and learning a little history along the way. Of course, be sure to pop into the town’s many watering holes to enjoy some local refreshments to go with that chili.
This small mountain town is also a patriotic town, so there’s no better place to honor our country’s servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice than at the Celebration of Heroes Parade. The parade makes its way down the town’s main drag on Memorial Day weekend, while throughout the weekend, red, white and blue adorns the shops, seasonal tours and attractions open for the season and visitors are invited to enjoy this “kick-off” to summer. Details HERE.
Head downtown to the nerve center of cultural heritage and a multitude of Themed Museums. Get an inside glimpse of Mark Twain’s writing and learn more about the bonanza king telecom giant John Mackay, the town’s connection with famous Madame Julia Bulette and the role of a Civil War general. Visitors are invited to experience more than 15 museums from May through October. Details HERE.
VIRGINIA CITY DINING PICK
Farm to table meets worldly aesthetics at the Canvas Café offering a personalized and custom made-to-order menu. With stories to tell on the Comstock and many to take back home, the Blank Canvas special is a must-try. Enjoy the ambiance, patio dining, and friendly staff surrounded by the works of local artists. Details HERE.
Carson Valley Must-do List:
Head out to the western frontier to experience a rich Cultural Heritage and lore as this valley boasts a variety of authentic historic sites and museums where visitors can immerse themselves in the real lives of the early settlers. Place yourself in Kit Carson’s life of travels and see first-hand, Snowshoe Thompson’s contributions to the old west. The Pony Express and Emigrant Trail still await every traveler at these amazing preservation sites. Details HERE.
The local’s favorite Carson Valley Golf Course is situated on the banks of the Carson River among giant cottonwood trees and for family fun, ask about its Foot Golf Course. For luxury golf head to either Lakes Course in the lush wetlands making long, straight drives the order of the day or Resort Course, built for power and distance cutting into the rugged Sierra Nevada foothills. The Sunridge Golf Course winds through the breathtaking vistas of the Carson Valley.
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park preserves an essential chapter in Nevada’s history and features a house built by a family that played an important role in the shaping of Carson Valley. With an engaging collection of artifacts, photographs and documents dating from the early 19th century, this cultural heritage experience is a rare opportunity. Details HERE.
CARSON VALLEY DINING PICK
Located in the heart of Genoa, Daniel’s is a Country-French fine dining experience offering signature dishes like filet mignon, hot-smoked Chilean sea bass, and grilled salmon. Details HERE.
South Lake Must-do List:
There’s no better way to see Lake Tahoe up-close than a guided tour in completely transparent kayaks. Join Clearly Tahoe for an unforgettable adventure as you paddle through the crystal-clear waters and explore depths of up to 75 feet below the surface. With an array of complimentary amenities and lifeguard-certified guides, Clearly Tahoe strives to provide a sense of safety and accommodation so visitors can relax and enjoy their time on the water. Details HERE.
For those that prefer spending time on two wheels, South Lake Tahoe is a cyclists’ paradise. From bicycle-friendly streets to mountain trails capable of pushing the progression of all but the best riders, there’s a ride for everyone to enjoy. The Flume Trail is a Tahoe classic with breathtaking views over Lake Tahoe’s Eastern Shore. The trail begins at Spooner Lake, ascends to Marlette Lake, and down a narrow single-track making for an unforgettable 22-mile ride. Details HERE.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park on the Nevada/California border is just steps from the Stateline casinos offering quick access for hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. With trails leading to beautiful waterfalls and majestic views of Lake Tahoe, it’s the only bi-state park in America that shares a common entrance. Pedestrian access is year-round (vehicle access May – October). Details HERE.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE DINING PICK
Located at the top of Old Pony Express Route (Kingsbury Grade), Fox & Hound is a must for travelers looking for great food with equally impressive views. The bar and grill sits at 7,390 feet above sea level with unobstructed views of the scenic Carson Valley more than 2,000 feet below. From award-winning, slow-smoked BBQ to hearty breakfast, fresh salads, and even pizza, Fox & Hound has a range of dishes ready to suit any taste. Details HERE.
North Lake Tahoe Must-do List:
For gaming fun, sample the hospitality and experience the ambiance of Tahoe’s most trendy Casino! The Crystal Bay Club Casino is the place to dine and gamble on your trips to Tahoe. DETAILS
Locals recommend the calm of getting on a standup paddleboard early morning along the quiet and secluded East Shore. The Nevada State Park offers a short carry access point and you’ll soon be in the rocky coves looking down at the turquoise waters.
The word-of-mouth dual sports badge is a local tradition with skiing in the morning and an afternoon paddle. Ski Mt. Rose early and then rent your paddle at the easy access boat launch at Sand Harbor. The north cove is typically protected from afternoon winds and you can cruise up the amazing waters of Crystal Bay or down along the rocky East Shore past the historic Thunderbird Mansion.
NORTH LAKE TAHOE DINING PICK
Fredrick’s Fusion Bistro, or ‘Fred’s’ as called by the locals, is a laid-back, elegant dining spot in the heart of Incline Village. Entrees are seasonal with fresh ingredients serving Asian fusion fare, wine & specialty martinis in a compact, romantic dining room. Details HERE.
Carson City Must-do List:
Take in the vibrant wildflowers as you hike or bike along the award winning Ash to Kings Canyon Trail. Journey over two creeks, above a waterfall, climbing from the valley floor into the higher elevation of pine forest and passing rock formations. With amazing views of Eagle Valley, Washoe Valley, Carson Plains, and Carson Valley, you’ll see mountain ranges 100 miles a way. Details HERE.
Experience the rich railroad history of the old west on two authentic engines that still operate today, Nevada State Railroad Museum and the V&T Railroad. Share your Carson City train ride on Instagram with #RideCarsonCity and receive a thank you gift plus a chance to have your picture featured. Details HERE.
Explore the historic west side and learn the story of Carson City while taking in the landmarks and 1800s-era Victorian-style homes along the Blue Line Trail. The Kit Carson Trail is a walking path that follows a painted blue line dotted with bronze medallions along the sidewalk. Details HERE.
CARSON CITY DINING PICK
Adele’s Restaurant is a local gathering hot spot, rich in history and known for locally sourced cuisine. The fourth-generation family-owned culinary delight operates inside a restored 1864 Comstock Mansart Victorian to offer a warm inviting, award-winning experience. Details HERE.
Reno Sparks Must-do List:
Springtime is in full bloom in Reno Tahoe, with the snowy mountain peaks providing the perfect backdrop to a sunny day. Whether you’re enjoying the fresh air or taking a dip in the cool waters at the lake, Reno Tahoe is the perfect spring getaway. Where else can you ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon? No matter what you desire for your ultimate day of adventure, Reno Tahoe has it all. Details here.
Spring in Reno Tahoe is pretty much the best of both worlds. Not only can you still ski at your favorite mountain, but at lower elevations, the snow is melting, the wildflowers are blooming, and the waterfalls are roaring, making for great hiking. If you’re on the hunt for rushing waterfalls and colorful wildflowers, here are some of our favorite Reno and Lake Tahoe hikes with waterfalls and blooming flowers. Details here.
The Reno River Festival is the event of the season in Reno. For two full days, Wingfield park transforms into adventure headquarters complete with a zipline, craft beer village, yoga in the park, and lots of interactive summer and outdoor experiences. Details here.
RENO SPARKS DINING PICK
Celebrate spring by enjoying a delicious meal at one of Reno Tahoe’s fine waterfront restaurants. Choose between the majestic Lake Tahoe, the stunning Truckee River, or the exceptional Sparks Marina. Details HERE.