8 days in Reno & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

8 days in Reno & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

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8 days in Reno & South Lake Tahoe Itinerary

Start: Reno
1
Reno
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
South Lake Tahoe
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
End: Reno

4
nights
Reno

Reno ©
A sea of casinos in the high desert of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno capitalizes on gaming and nightlife.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand Sierra Resort Casino as well as Sierra Safari Zoo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Reno: Speed Boats Tours (in South Lake Tahoe), Truckee (Rainbow Bridge / Donner Summit Bridge & Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum) and Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory (in New Washoe City). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Bay State Park, get engrossed in the history at Gatekeeper's Museum, snap pictures at New Virginia Street Bridge, and try to win big at Casino at Silver Legacy Resort.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Reno trip itinerary planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Reno. In July, daytime highs in Reno are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Reno

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Truckee, Gatekeeper's Museum, Emerald Bay State Park, Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory, Speed Boats Tours
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Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
Speed Boats Tours

3
nights
South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Baldwin Beach and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Genoa Cemetery, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the activities along Emerald Bay State Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our South Lake Tahoe road trip planning site .

Getting from Reno to South Lake Tahoe by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Reno in August, things will get a bit cooler in South Lake Tahoe: highs are around 81°F and lows about 44°F. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Emerald Bay State Park, Genoa Cemetery
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Emerald Bay State Park ©
Emerald Bay State Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Speed Boats Tours

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