Welcome to blue, open skies, majestic mountains… Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Lake Tahoe, Nevada. You will love it here!

From the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range over 10,000 feet high to 470 foot lows in high desert valleys, nature has endowed Nevada with diverse, unique and beautiful ecosystems. We are the “Battle Born” state hosting the first inhabitants 13,000 years ago and remembered in many petroglyphs and archaeological sites still visible today.

Lake Tahoe, the largest, most beautiful Alpine lake in the world, with 99 percent clarity, is only 35 minutes from Reno as are famous ski resorts in the Sierra Nevada range. West, it’s four hours to San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean, east, it’s desert ghost towns and the Great Basin National Park in the fascinating high desert. Going south it’s the capitol, Carson City, 5,000 -year -old Bristlecone Pines and the glorious colors of Death Valley mountains.

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Here are some pictures I've taken of the Sierra and Northern Nevada

The University of Nevada at Reno, (UNR) is located walking distance from downtown Reno and was founded in 1874. It is a public university that offers 75 bachelor’s degree programs on a beautiful campus. Our UNR football team is called the Wolfpack, and we are equally proud of our baseball club, The Reno Aces. One of the highlights is the Truckee River walk is a leisurely path that leads to downtown riverside restaurants, movie theatres, hotels, casinos, the National Bowling Stadium, art and Bill Harrah’s automobile museum, preforming art theatres and outdoor concerts. Reno has an incredible amount of activities including hiking trails, kayaking, river rafting, Santa and pub crawls, casino headliner shows, wine walks and farmer’s markets offering local produce. One activity is a 3- day Country Music Celebration and Barbeque. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Reno Jazz Festival is April 23-25 and is well worth going. • The Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and barbeque is in Virginia City March 14, with a light hearted St. Patrick’s Day Parade. • Reno River Festival is May 9-10 at the Truckee River Whitewater Park. The great kayak race. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. • Kit Carson Trail Ghost Walk is in Carson City May 22-October 23. • Street Vibrations Spring Motorcycle Rally is downtown Reno June 5-7. roadshowsreno.com • Art Town Reno offers free concerts June 30-July 30 in Wingfield Park on the river and is sponsored by the national Endowment for the Arts with a packed calendar of events. www.renoisartown.com • The Wildest and Richest Rodeo in the West, the Reno rodeo. A 10 day event sanctioned sporting event by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. June 17-26. www.renorodeo.com • BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, grills, kegs and blues tunes summer kickoff downtown Reno at the El Dorado Square June 18-20. www.eldoradoreno.com • Wingfest cook-offs downtown Reno, live entertainment in multiple locations, crafts and vendors July 3-5. • Genoa Americana Bluegrass Festival and BBQ July 4. Spectacular fireworks downtown Reno, 3 locations at Lake Tahoe, north and south shore, Sparks and surrounding areas. • American Basque Festival downtown Reno with traditional food, dancing, music and Basque skill contests July 18. • Lake Tahoe wooden boat show, the South Lake Tahoe wooden Boat Classic Show at Tahoe Keys Resort, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. July 24-25. • Flame and fire dancer’s performance in downtown Reno with vendors July 25. • Hot August nights, the world famous, largest, classic car and nostalgic event in the Country is August 3-8 downtown Reno and other locations throughout Reno and Sparks all month. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. • Barracuda Championship PGA Golf tournament at Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno August 3-9. • Reno/Tahoe Music Festival is August 20-23, Jazz and Beyond is the Carson City Music Festival August 7-23. jazzcarsoncity.com • The incredible Great Balloon Race is September 11-13 with a sky full of colorful balloons. renoballoon.com • Genoa Candy Dance and BBQ Festival with vendors, craft show and activities September 26-27. genoanevada.org • Nevada Day Parade in Carson City celebrating Nevada’s Statehood in 1864 as the 36th State. Parade, shootouts, historic open pub and activities. nevadaday.com • North shore Lake Tahoe at Sand Harbor has a wonderful outdoor Shakespeare Festival in the summer, Feed the Camel at the Mckinley Arts and Cultural Center with activities, art, music and vendors in Reno, the exciting camel races and parade for 3 days in historic Virginia City is well worth the short drive. We have wild mustangs roaming the nearby hills and towns, beautiful sunsets and snow- capped mountains surrounding the desert wild flowers on the desert floor. • The list goes on and on for activities in and around Reno, please go to www.visitrenotahoe.com for more information, maps, etc. See you soon, Jeanne Wiest