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Northern Nevada is Celebrated for Livability, Value, Year-Round Recreation and More
Travelers looking for a fun, safe, affordable, sunny, beautiful, hip and varied vacation destination should check out Northern Nevada’s Reno Tahoe area, according to more than 50 varied publications and websites, from A (AOL Real Estate) to Z (Zagat.com). The four season, high desert resort destination that encompasses Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe has been recognized for excellence on more than 50 occasions – in a wide variety of national publications and online rankings – over the course of the past 24 months, and the “Top 10” accolades just keep on coming.
“It’s pretty incredible to be ranked #9 on the list of ‘100 Best Places to Live’ (Livability.com), #5 on ‘Top Spots for Winter Vacations’ (The Weather Channel) and as one of the ‘20 Most Crime-Free Cities in America’ (AOL Real Estate), while offering the #1 Lake in America, Lake Tahoe (USA Today Reader’s Poll) and the #1 Ski Resort, Squaw Valley (Men’s Journal), as well as the #1 ranking for ‘Underestimated Cities for Food’ (The Daily Meal),” according to Christopher Baum, President and CEO of Reno Tahoe USA. “It’s especially surprising when you consider that this is a resort area that most Americans haven’t visited… yet,” said Baum, “But we’re confident that THAT is about to change.”
Reno-Tahoe International Airport is the gateway to nearby Lake Tahoe’s world class skiing for the vast majority of visitors. And with an early storm recently dumping two-to-three feet of fresh powder in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, listed as one of “11 of the World’s Most Beautiful Mountain Ranges” by UnofficialNetworks.com, it will be difficult to find a better winter sports getaway this season, according to authorities such as:
Besides its top overall rating from the readers of USA Today, Lake Tahoe also picked up several additional noteworthy warm weather awards:
In addition to its #1 rating from The Daily Meal, and Campo’s selection by Esquire Magazine as one of “The Best New Restaurants in America,” the region’s diverse and rapidly expanding food scene also was recognized as follows:
Additional recognition for Northern Nevada also came for several of the area’s top Special Events:
Locals know why so many visitors are visiting, returning, and sharing their great experiences in Reno Tahoe, and it all starts with the quality of life enjoyed in Northern Nevada:
According to Baum, “Based upon all of our diverse accolades, from such a wide array of third-party organizations over the last two years, Reno Tahoe USA is obviously a vacation destination where visitors can’t lose!”
For a complete list of recent Reno Tahoe USA awards, please visit http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/media/top-listings.
Electronic vehicles are becoming a common sight on the roads of Reno Tahoe USA as more and more travelers adopt cleaner means of transportation. And to keep environmentally conscious visitors going, a variety of local businesses have installed charging stations for public use.
Harrah’s Reno, along with Harrah’s and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe recently unveiled eight state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging stations at each property, all allowing free access to the public. Also joining the movement to broaden the use renewable energy is the Grand Sierra Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno, both offering access to multiple stations.
Whether you’re heading downtown for one of the many outstanding special events or making your way up to the mountains for a powder day, keeping your vehicle juiced up for all your adventures is a breeze with 22 charging stations located throughout the region. And finding a charging station is even easier with resources like plughshare.com, which not only shows you where charging stations are, but also allows you to map out a trip with stations along the way.
Here are a few places where you can stop by to plug in:
It’s race week of the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe! Cheer on the insanely fit Ironman athletes as they compete in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run race. The event takes place September 22, with 2,500 athletes competing for a slot in the Ironman World Championships and a piece of the $75,000 purse. These athletes are excited to compete in stunning Lake Tahoe… after all, the event registrations sold out in less than 24 hours!
Here are some of the best places to watch the event according to Ironmon event producers:
BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SWIM:
Kings Beach State Park, athletes will enter the swim from Kings Beach State Park, and Transition is in the parking lot adjacent to the beach. The best place to park will be at Kings Beach Elementary School, a few short blocks from the beach off Steelhead Ave.
BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIKE:
Spectators have a number of great places to watch athletes on the bike course. Spectators can watch athletes at two “hot corners” where athletes will pass multiple times. One is at the entrance to Squaw Valley under the Olympic flame where you can see your athlete pass three times. The second will be in Kings Beach at the Corner of 267 and 28 where athletes will be starting their day on the bike, and then passing 3 additional times. The Town of Truckee will also be having a street celebration closing down Donner Pass road thru old town Truckee with the athletes racing down the middle of the street. There will be live music, activities for kids and adults, and food at restaurants adjacent to the course.
BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE RUN:
The run course has a number of lively spots to catch your athlete multiple times. The
Squaw Valley Village will be an ideal location, close to the finish line, with food, music, the Ironman Village expo, and athletes making multiple passes in the area before finishing. Easy parking also makes this an ideal location to spend the day. The “hot corner” under the Olympic flame will also be a location where athletes can be cheered on three times on the bike, and 4 times on the run.
Be sure to hop over to Reno before or after the race – it’s close enough that the Ironman runners could probably run there!
The Lake Tahoe area is full of fun, unique traditions, but my favorite may be the Great Sternwheeler Race. This year will be the 21st annual ‘paddle battles,’ and like most Tahoe residents I can’t wait.
There has always been a sort of friendly rivalry between the California and Nevada citizens who each feel an equal amount of pride and ownership of our beautiful lake, and that competition is given form each year when these two giant crafts fight for supremacy.
California’s Tahoe Queen and Nevada’s MS Dixie II will push off from their respective harbors on August 31st and work their way around the shoreline, six miles back to their starting point. Passengers often dress in 19th century period costume and the ships themselves are decked out in their finest.
This proper sternwheeler race is the only one of its kind west of the Mississippi, and the winner is awarded the Korbel Cup. In past years the loser has been presented with the Barton bedpan, another Tahoe tradition. This is to point out to them that they would have been better off staying in bed, and unfortunately for the California supporters, it has been the Tahoe Queen for 12 of the 20 races run so far.
Both boats board at 10am and passengers are offered a delightful brunch. They push off at 10:30 and the race itself begins at 11am. It usually lasts about an hour and a half. This year tickets will cost $25 for adults and $13 for children, plus $10 for parking at the marina if necessary.
Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
Tristan Roberts is a native of South Lake Tahoe who can’t quite help but root for the Tahoe Queen. He currently sells lakefront real estate in the Tahoe area
Now open at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the Reno Tahoe USA Events Information Center allows visitors to get a glimpse of the wide array of special events and activities to be experienced throughout the destination. Upon arrival, visitors will have a chance to participate in the interactive display and learn more about what Reno Tahoe USA has to offer. The display is located along the east wall, just south of the baggage claim area.
Be sure to stop by the next time you are in the airport!
Here we are! Spring has finished thawing into Summer and the long nights of winter are so far away that they are the last thing on our minds right now. With the sun gearing up to go full power, we’re all looking forward to cooling off the all-natural way, by taking a dip in the lake.
Before you take that dive though, it’s important to make sure that however you plan on spending a day at the lake, that you come back safe and sound from doing so. Because the best vacations are the ones you can take again!
Dress for the occasion
Make sure you have the right clothing and gear when you step outside. Light clothing that covers your skin but also lets you breath, hats and sunglasses to keep the sunlight out of your eyes, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the effects of long-term sun exposure.
The sun is a great friend, but stick around him too long and that sunburn will have you regretting the day you too first met. Even if you’re going to be swimming, put on some waterproof sunblock, as sunburns are possible even in the water.
Know the rules
Whether you’re going to be swimming, paddling a kayak, or riding in a boat, make sure you are informed about the rules of the water. Nothing ruins a good time like a surprise fine that could easily have been avoided.
Don’t look at any set of rules and regulation as annoying little guidelines. They exist for the purpose of keeping everyone safe. Knowing the areas for boating, swimming and other activities will help keep an unfortunate incident from happening.
Bring your friend(s)
One of the best ways to keep safe is to have a buddy tag along that will look out for you, the same way that you would look out for them. Even the most experienced swimmers can have an accident, and one bad wave on the water and a bad landing might mean you’re in trouble if nobody else is around to help you.
Bring your gear
If you’re taking a boat out onto the water, or any other kind of watercraft, make sure to bring along all of the required safety equipment. Life vests, flares, horns, and any other federally or locally required equipment should be with you, and life vests should always be worn when out on the water.
Leave the booze on the shore
It’s no secret alcohol impairs judgment, and if you don’t think it does, well, put down that beer and let someone sober take the wheel. The impaired judgment and decreased reaction times are a recipe for disaster, so just leave those ingredients out of that equation.
Check out the weather conditions before you go. People are often surprised by how windy it can get on the lake, and that surprise can cause some serious accidents, especially for people in light-watercraft such as kayaks.
Be aware of designated activity areas, and be aware of other people on the water. Swimming into a lane for jet-skiing puts both you and the jet-skier at risk.
Get your fun on!
Don’t look at safety as a hassle, remember that rules are there to protect everyone, and by sticking to them you’ll not only have a great time out there, but you’ll live to enjoy it again!
Long known as a premier outdoor haven, North Lake Tahoe will capitalize on its famed natural terrain to host the 2nd Annual Adventure Sports Week Tahoe Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 24.
The 10-day festival invites outdoor enthusiasts to participate in competitive events ranging from stand up paddle boarding to trail running, mountain biking, triathlons and swimming – all of which highlight Tahoe’s scenic beauty.
According to Event Director Todd Jackson of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, in addition to the sporting events, designed for the beginner to the professional, the festivities will also include clinics hosted by world-class athletes and Lake Tahoe locals who know area trails firsthand. Each night of Adventure Sports Week Tahoe will wrap up with a variety of activities, including live concerts, outdoor movies and dinner on the lake. There’s even a kid-friendly component with fun and games geared for little ones.
“Adventure Sports Week Tahoe is for those who appreciate clean air, clear water, scenic single track and an elevated heart rate,” said Jackson. “We live in one of the world’s top outdoor playgrounds and it’s time to celebrate our passion for adventure.”
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Between three fireworks displays, a beer and bluegrass festival, a late-night DJ party, local music, a gourmet dinner event, and a host of boating, hiking and biking options — North Lake Tahoe is serving up a weekend full of activities fit for everyone this coming 4th of July.
Catch any of three lakeside fireworks displays at Kings Beach (July 3), Incline Village (July 4) or Tahoe City (July 4) by night. And enjoy some uniquely Tahoe experiences by day. Watch a parade of historic wooden boats on Tahoe’s West Shore, attend bluegrass concerts and taste microbrews at Northstar, or take a front-row seat to the best of Tahoe’s homegrown musicians at Squaw Valley’s Made in Tahoe festival.
• Red White and Tahoe Blue
Incline Village’s Independence Day festival since 2007, Red, White and Tahoe Blue has 28 events in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, including a parade and concerts and one of the nation’s best fireworks displays July 4at Incline Beach!
Celebrate America’s independence with free tethered hot air balloon rides, a pancake breakfast, fun-run-walk, Model Dairy Milk Carton Boat Races, a military fly-over and the Reno/Sparks’ Got Talent Competition. The excitement continues with craft and food vendors, and a game area for the kids.
Taste the best wings Fourth of July weekend in downtown Reno! With some smokin’ live music all weekend long, chicken wing vendors from all over competing for cash prizes, an amateur wing-eating contest and street faire vendors, Virginia Street is the All-American place to be for 4th of July weekend!
The celebration includes a parade, the Red White and YOU Wine Walk, the Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert, and of course a spectacular fireworks show.