10 days in Reno, Lake Tahoe Area & Carson City Itinerary

10 days in Reno, Lake Tahoe Area & Carson City Itinerary

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Reno
— 2 nights
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Truckee
— 1 night
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Carson City
— 2 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 4 nights
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Reno

— 2 nights

Biggest Little City in the World

A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): ride a horse along Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive, then take an in-depth tour of Nevada Historical Society, then see the interesting displays at National Automobile Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Truckee River Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Galena Creek Regional Park, then stroll through Animal Ark, then take in nature's colorful creations at Wilbur D. May Center, and finally stroll through Hunter Creek Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Reno tour itinerary planner.

Nashville to Reno is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Reno is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Nashville in October, plan for little chillier nights in Reno, with lows around 41°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for Truckee.

Things to do in Reno

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Truckee

— 1 night
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. On the 19th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum, then take in the views from Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee River Legacy Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee River Bike Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Stateline Lookout, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee Bike Park.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Truckee online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Reno to Truckee takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In October, Truckee is little chillier than Reno - with highs of 63°F and lows of 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Carson City.

Things to do in Truckee

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Adventure

Side Trip

Carson City

— 2 nights
Carson City, officially the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city and the capital of the US state of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Nevada State Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary in the Mountains Catholic Church, examine the collection at Liberty Engine Company No. 1 Comstock Firemen's Museum, see the interesting displays at The Washoe Club Haunted Museum, then see the interesting displays at Silver State National Peace Officers Museum, and finally stroll through Dayton State Park. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Warren Engine Co. No. 1 Museum, stroll through Kit Carson Trail, then take an in-depth tour of Bowers Mansion Regional Park, then stroll through Tahoe Meadows Trail, and finally kick back and relax at Secret Cove Beach.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Carson City online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Truckee to Carson City takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Truckee in October; daily highs in Carson City reach 69°F and lows reach 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Carson City

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 4 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lakeside Beach and Rubicon Trail. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Baldwin Beach and Nevada Beach Campground. Change things up with a short trip to Grover Hot Springs State Park in Markleeville (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: capture your vacation like a pro with Tahoe Photographic Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Theresa Catholic Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Kiva Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at South Lake Tahoe Bike Path.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Carson City to South Lake Tahoe in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, South Lake Tahoe is little chillier than Carson City - with highs of 64°F and lows of 31°F. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips