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This blog was created in collaboration with Visit Reno Tahoe & Quin Schrock

Reno Tahoe

While growing up I spent every summer at my grandparents’ old house in Reno. I passed that time browsing through dusty Encyclopedia Britannicas and a few decades worth of National Geographic magazines. I’d cut out pictures of far flung destinations and organize them into intricate collages - this was long before mood boards were en vogue. I wanted to make beautiful memories all over the world. To see as many places as possible. To be anywhere but there.

Looking back, I can’t help it but smile at the irony. All that time I spent down in my grandparent’s basement, pouring over photos, day dreaming about other places, I was already exactly where I always wanted to be. I just couldn’t able to see it.

All grown up, and a couple years into an unexpected career photographing destinations that only existed in the yellowed encyclopedia pages of my childhood, I’m able to see things with a little more clarity. It’s obvious now, that Reno Tahoe deserved a spot in one of my collages. It is after all, where the largest alpine lake collides with the Biggest Little City in the World! And the result is a beautiful contradiction of high adrenaline activities, burgeoning art scene, and remote solitude.

Whether you want to sleep under the stars in the Black Rock Desert, chill at a hipster cafe overlooking the Truckee River, or cliff dive into Tahoe’s blue abyss, Reno has you covered. It’s a “make your own adventure” situation, where the possibilities are endless. There’s only one thing that’s certain - this isn’t my grandparent’s Reno anymore. Then again, maybe it never was.

Lake Tahoe

Truckee River


With an international airport servicing Reno with non-stop flights from all over the United States, it couldn’t be easier to get to and from your next adventure. But before you head to the desert, or hit the hiking trails, it’s worth exploring the city itself. Reno has undergone a sort of renaissance over the last decade or so, and there’s no better place to get a pulse on the creative, outdoorsy, culture the city is cultivating than by strolling through the Riverwalk District.


Featuring a pedestrian walkway along the Truckee River, the picturesque Riverwalk District is lined with local restaurants, cafe’s, and art - lots and lots of art. From giant street murals, to playa art from bygone Burning Man years, there’s no shortage of eye candy to enjoy. So grab a hot coffee from my personal favorite, the Hub Coffee Roasters, or a pint from the Sierra Taphouse, and just start walking!

If you’re looking to get your adrenaline pumping you can always try surfing. That’s right, surfing! As the only outlet for tge great Lake Tahoe, the Truckee River winds its way down through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, into ‘The Biggest Little City In The World,’ until it finally terminates at Pyramid Lake. Along the way there are a few standing waves suitable for getting your surf on. One of which, is located in Wingfield Park right smack dab in the middle of downtown Reno. Talk about a bucket list item! And if that’s not enough, you can tackle the world's tallest climbing wall at Whitney Peak Hotel




Now that you’ve experienced some of Burning Man’s playa art first hand, it’s time to head out to the place where it all began - Black Rock Desert. Once a year during Burning Man, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. But at any other time of year, this unique landscape offers a special type of solitude that’s hard to find in today’s busy world of busy people like us.

Black Rock Desert

Hot Springs

Black Rock Desert

Black Rock Desert

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, and lightly-regulated, the Black Rock Desert provides a refuge for adventurous, self-reliant visitors interested in getting off the grid. Dotted with hidden hot springs, the area is perfect for primitive camping and for all nature lovers, off road driving, and just simply getting lost in wide open spaces. Once you’ve spent a little time there, it’s not hard to understand why so many people feel compelled to return to this barren stretch of earth year after year to reconnect with their inner psyche.

The Black Rock Desert is also home to Fly Geyser. Located on Fly Ranch, the geyser was created accidentally in 1964, after a geothermal power company drilled a test well at the site. The result is a rainbow colored geyser spewing thermal water from its mouth 24 hours a day. Owned by Burning Man, sadly Fly Geyser is not currently available for public access, but you can take a tour of the property, through the Friends of Nevada Black-High Rock. Passionate volunteers offer three-hour guided tours of Fly Ranch, including Fly Geyser.

Fly Gyser

Fly Geyser


In a state that has more hot springs and mountain ranges than any other state (who knew!), Lake Tahoe is the undisputed adventure capital of Nevada believe me. And with over 300 days of sun a year, the fun never stops!

A short drive from Reno takes you to the stunning alpine world of North Lake Tahoe, where crystal clear water, giant granite boulders, and quiet lakeside beaches wait. Mornings at the lake are beautiful, and the perfect time to get out on a human powered adventure. If you’re keen on taking a hike, Marlette Lake is a solid option. From the top of the trail you can get a unique "double lake” view of Marlette with Lake Tahoe glistening below in the distance. Alternatively, wake up for sunrise over Emerald Bay and then head up the short trail to Eagle Lake for a little taste of what the Desolation Wilderness has to offer and what else you need!!!!

Emerald Bay

Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake

After you’ve worked up a sweat in the mountains, it’s time to cool down on the Lake! During all the summer you can rent a kayak or paddle board at Sand Harbor and spend all day exploring the stunning east shore. Paddle around the huge rounded boulders that sit like private islands dotting the azure shallows. Make one your own for an hour or two, or keep exploring yourself. For something a little different, rent a clear kayak (not too much costly) from Wild Society, and stare into the depths of Tahoe’s famed blue water as the world drifts by.

For even more ways to make the most of your time at Tahoe, check out 72 Perfect Hours At Lake Tahoe!

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

A huge thank you to Visit Reno Tahoe for partnering with us to make this memorable experience possible.


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Great I can put Reno on the travel wish list too!

Loved that @simplymike featured you in the pay it forward contest @pifc that is what you deserve. The exposure is great! Keep doing what you are doing it’s great ! And is that the van you and Quinn made ?

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Thank you for your kind words. Yes that van is made by us.

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@steem-diva, beautiful pictures! Btw, a friend of mine (from my home country Bulgaria) used to work in Reno for 1 summer. He always say that this is one of the coolest moments/ periods in his life.
And also have you seen the pictures of @scottshots of lake Tahoe?

Hope you are doing well. Where are you located now?

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Truly I m not locating permanent but my house is in Seattle. Your friend must be lucky to witness beautiful Reno

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Amazing pictures, great write up! Keep it going, @steem-diva!

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Thank you @simplymike for mention and your kind words

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Hmmm thanks for your reply 👍

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Yaayy.. @steem-diva 😉 this is like a guide to enjoy Reno and Tahoe in a tourism magazine, Perfect!

When I read what @simplymike said in her post in the pay it forward contest this week about your post.. I wonder what kind of travel or adventure post it is. Is it kinda a common experience of exploring a place with a lot of selfies😆.. but all I can see is a good guidance and wonderful pictures😊 thanks for sharing and keep steeming👍👍👍

Good day, im here by recomendation of @simplymike
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Great ulog as always with superb clicks Jess

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