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Once known primarily as a hotspot for gambling and quickie divorces, today Reno is a destination that caters to outdoors enthusiasts year-round. In the warmer months, the Truckee River is full of whitewater kayakers, and sunbathers gather along its banks. Nearby Mt. Rose is a hiking destination in summer and Reno's closest large ski resort in winter. Within an hour's drive, the ski resorts of Lake Tahoe offer more ways to enjoy the snow. Downtown, casinos mingle with new restaurants, a riverfront path lined with bars, restaurants, and a movie theater. A number of former casinos have been reinvented as high-rise condominiums, bringing fresh life to the district. A new baseball stadium hosts a Triple-A baseball team, and visitors can find theater, opera, and traveling Broadway shows at the Pioneer Theater and other venues around the city. Since its earliest days, Reno has known how to put on a show. These days, the biggest tickets in town are the major festivals and events that offer something for everyone. Culture seekers can immerse themselves in the many performing arts offerings of Artown each July. Classic car buffs come from all around for Hot August Nights. Visitors willing to get up early will be treated to the sight of hot air balloons lighting up the pre-dawn sky during the Great Reno Balloon Race in September. There are more events in Reno, the Tahoe area, and other nearby cities throughout the year. Airlines including Alaska, American, Southwest, and United offer flights to Reno and Lake Tahoe.

When To Go

With diverse weather fitting a range of outdoor activities, the region that includes Reno and nearby Tahoe makes a popular year-round vacation destination. Most people visit in the summer and winter for special events and recreational activities such as golf and skiing. The spring and fall tend to be "quieter" seasons for outdoor sports and special events, but lower prices and fewer crowds can make these periods ideal for visiting.

high season: mid-December to March, June to September
shoulder season: October to mid--December, April to May

Weather Information

The Reno-Tahoe area experiences four distinct seasons, with cooler weather in the higher mountain elevations and warmer temperatures in the valleys. The region sees more than 300 days of sunshine each year, but temperatures can fluctuate greatly within a 24-hour period. Summers can be hot, with average temperatures reaching a high of 91 degrees in July. The weather cools down in the fall, with average highs of 70 degrees in October, and continues to drop in winter to a high of 45 degrees in January. The spring brings average highs of 64 degrees in April.

Crowd Information

The high seasons tend to be the busiest times to visit, while fewer people travel in the shoulder seasons. Midweek visits are also less crowded than the weekends. Some popular events that also attract large crowds include the Reno River Festival in May, the Reno Rodeo and the Tour de Nez in June, the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open in August, and the Great Reno Balloon Race in September.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round, but some ski resorts may close for the summer. Ski trails are also seasonal, and shut down when the snow melts.

When to Save

Midweek is the least expensive time to visit, especially in the shoulder seasons. Weekends and the high season tend to be more expensive because of an increase in demand for rooms, but hotel packages are available year-round.

Information provided by the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority