while you attend the conference, here are some Things to do in the Reno/Tahoe area
Reno is far from the city it was decades ago. A year-round Burningman culture, incredible eateries on the river, and an iconic arts scene have all given the Biggest Little City a serious facelift. Below are some of our favorite must-do activities to check out while you’re in Reno.
Eateries: The food scene in Reno is growing by the day. Skip the tourist traps and opt for local favorites instead. Some must-try eateries and bakeries include:
Louie’s Basque Corner (PRO TIP: Reno is a major hub for Basque Culture. This iconic restaurant is a must-visit spot for anyone interested in getting an authentic taste of the Basque world.)
Coffee Shops: With award-winning roasts and warm, welcoming coffee shops all throughout Reno, the Biggest Little City’s coffee scene is one you shouldn’t miss. Local favorites include:
Artown: An annual festival turns all of Reno into an interactive art scene, Artown takes place throughout the entire month of July. From public art displays to hands-on workshops, be sure to get a taste of Artown in its many forms while you’re here.
The Nevada Museum of Art: A downtown staple, swing by the Nevada Museum of Art for incredible exhibitions. Pro tip: dine at the fan-favorite Chez Louie while you’re there—and be sure to check out the gift shop for one-of-a-kind jewelry and gifts.
Burning Man Sculptures: Wondering where all of that massive art goes once Burning Man is over every year? A ton of it heads to Reno, where’s it’s on free, public display. Check out these must-see Burning Man sculptures while you’re here.
The Truckee River: Whether you take a stroll down the Riverwalk, enjoy a concert at Idlewild Park, or go whitewater rafting—there are plenty of fun things to do on the Truckee while you’re in Reno. If nothing else, head down to the river and watch as seasoned kayakers navigate the whitewater kayak park.
Visit Truckee: About a 30-minute drive from Reno, Truckee is a quaint, colorful mountain town that will leave you breathless. Its downtown area offers an array of incredible boutique shops (check out Bespoke) and eateries (our favorites include Cornerstone Bakery and Jax on the Tracks, which was featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives).
The largest freshwater lake in the Sierras, Tahoe is just a 45-minute drive from Reno and offers an array of incredible activities—both on and off the water. Below are some of our favorites:
The all-new East Shore trail: An all-new scenic trail that hugs the shoreline as it connects Incline Village to East Shore, the East Shore Trail is earning some serious praise for its unparalleled beauty and jaw-dropping views. You can bike, run, or walk the trail.
Eating at local hot-spots: Tahoe has an incredible food scene. Opt for the iconic Char Pit for a burger and onion rings. Head to the storied Soule Domain, a hand-built log cabin with an out-of-this-world menu, for something more upscale (a can’t-miss in our opinion). Or, sit on the water and soak in the view at the fan-favorite Garwoods.
Hiking: While there are endless options for hiking in Tahoe, we love the idea of doing a short portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail, completing the easy 1.4 mile loop at Wood Creek Trail (it runs right along a babbling creek and is gorgeous), or heading up to Chickadee Ridge, where you can literally feed Mountain Chickadees out of the palm of your hand (so be sure to bring along some trail mix!).
Parking and Transportation
Parking at the Atlantis is free. The Atlantis also offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the Reno airport (about a 7-minute ride).
Reno Public Transportation: If you want to get around Downtown Reno, the RTC RAPID bus service offers quick buses every 15 minutes throughout the day—so it's a great way to hop around the city. Check out the bus map here—or learn more about how to ride RTC here.
Tahoe Transportation: If you’re hoping to get up to Tahoe, check out the paid options the North Lake Tahoe Express shuttle service offers. You can also opt for a ride-share service (Uber and Lyft are both available in Reno—the drive from Reno to North Shore is about 45 minutes). Just keep in mind ride-shares in Tahoe tend to be limited, so plan ahead to avoid getting stuck at the Lake.