12 days in Reno, Las Vegas & Great Basin National Park Itinerary

12 days in Reno, Las Vegas & Great Basin National Park Itinerary

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12 days in Reno, Las Vegas & Great Basin National Park Itinerary

Start: Reno
1
Reno
— 3 nights
2
Las Vegas
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Great Basin National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Reno

3
nights
Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Visiting Tahoe Cross Country and Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tahoe Donner Cross Country and Clearly Tahoe. Change things up with a short trip to Wine Tours & Tastings in South Lake Tahoe (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Stream Profile Chamber, trek along Mount Tallac/Glen Alpine Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Animal Ark.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Reno online journey planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Reno. January in Reno sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Reno

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe, Mount Tallac/Glen Alpine Trail, Tahoe Cross Country, Stream Profile Chamber, Clearly Tahoe
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Animal Ark ©
Animal Ark
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valley of Fire State Park and Grapevine Mesa Joshua Trees. Get in touch with nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Mouse's Tank (in Overton), Spring Mountains Visitor Center (in Mount Charleston) and Little Finland (in Mesquite). Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring the stark beauty of Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery. There's lots more to do: add some entertainment to your itinerary with Bellagio Fountains, have fun at Battlefield Vegas, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas journey planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Reno to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Reno in January: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 59°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Great Basin National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Overton, Grapevine Mesa Joshua Trees, Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Little Finland, Spring Mountains Visitor Center
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Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge ©
Little Finland ©
Little Finland

3
nights
Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park ©
Great Basin National Park is one of the U.S.'s more out-of-the-way national parks, but those who make the trip are rewarded with the striking contrast of snowcapped peaks rising from a high-altitude desert.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wheeler Peak and Alpine Lakes Loop. Visiting Baker Creek Loop Trail and Baker Lake Trail will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Great Basin National Park: Ely (Ely Renaissance Village & Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park). There's lots more to do: hike along Bristlecone Trail, explore the activities along Teresa Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Great Basin National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Great Basin National Park attractions planner .

Getting from Las Vegas to Great Basin National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect nights in Great Basin National Park to be cooler, around 11°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Basin National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Baker, Ely
Highlights from your plan
Wheeler Peak ©
Wheeler Peak
Teresa Lake ©
Teresa Lake
Ely Renaissance Village ©
Ely Renaissance Village

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