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

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

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

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

15
nights
Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Visit St Theresa Catholic Church and Vikingsholm for their historical value. Get outdoors at Tahoe Cross Country and Pacific Crest Snowcats. Venture out of the city with trips to Tahoe City (Tahoe City Field Station, Granlibakken Ski and Sled Area, & more), South Lake Tahoe (Rock House Discount Ski & Snowboard Rentals, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, & more) and Truckee (Tahoe Donner Cross Country, Old Truckee Jail Museum, & more). On the 24th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Homewood Mountain Resort. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Foresthill Divide, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral, explore the activities along Stream Profile Chamber, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Reno tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Reno. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Reno

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Tahoe City, Lake Tahoe (California), Virginia City
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Tahoe Donner ©
Tahoe Donner

14
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Strip and Roman Catholic Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer. Step out of the city life by going to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Hoover Dam Bypass. Get out of town with these interesting Las Vegas side-trips: Valley of Fire State Park (in Overton), Henderson (McCullough Hills Trail & Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area) and Bonnie Springs Old Nevada (in Blue Diamond). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring the stark beauty of Escape Adventures and Las Vegas Cyclery. There's much more to do: take in a show at Bellagio Fountains, examine the collection at The Mob Museum, admire the engineering at Hoover Dam, and take in panoramic vistas at Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Las Vegas online visit planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Reno to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Reno in December: high temperatures in Las Vegas hover around 57°F and lows are around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Great Basin National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Henderson, Nelson Ghost Town, Hoover Dam, Bonnie Springs Old Nevada, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Valley of Fire State Park ©
Valley of Fire State Park

13
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.
Get some historical perspective at Thompson Opera House and Boot Hill Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to Lehman Caves and Wheeler Peak. Change things up with these side-trips from Great Basin National Park: Pioche (Lincoln County Museum, Miller's Point, & more), Ely (White Pine Public Museum, Ely Renaissance Village, & more) and Panaca (Panaca Hot Springs & Cathedral Gorge State Park). The adventure continues: trek along Baker Lake Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bristlecone Trail, explore and take pictures at Mather Overlook, and don't miss a visit to Baker Archaeological Site.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Great Basin National Park trip app .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Great Basin National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. On the 25th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Great Basin National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ely, Pioche, Baker, Panaca, McGill Drugstore Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lehman Caves ©
Lehman Caves
Wheeler Peak ©
Wheeler Peak
Cathedral Gorge State Park ©
Cathedral Gorge State Park

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