Ultimate 7 Day Reno to Lake Tahoe Loop Road Trip Itinerary

If you’re looking for an adventure on your next trip to Nevada that includes natural wonders, quirky ghost towns, and interesting cities, the incredible 145-mile Reno to Lake Tahoe Loop had it all.

It was only fitting that we finally explore Lake Tahoe, which is known globally for its beauty but it was really in the unexpected other stops that we found the magic of this itinerary.


Coming from the Midwest, we arrived late to an entertaining display of partygoers hanging around in the airport to catch the infamous burner bus up to Burning Man.

Day 1 – Arrival in Reno

Virginia City has a lot to do. Wandering the streets and learning the history is an attraction on its own, but we couldn’t help digging a little deeper.

Day 2 – Reno to Virginia City

Day 3 – Virginia City to Carson City

Be sure to stop by the Nevada State Capitol building during your visit. It’s free to enter and offers beautiful architecture to admire inside.

Day 4 – Carson City to the Carson Valley

The valley also offers some incredible scenery with sweeping fields that lead straight to the base of dramatic mountain ranges.

Day 5 – Carson Valley to North Lake Tahoe

Arriving at North Lake Tahoe and Incline Village, we pulled off at the Tunnel Creek Café. Here you can park, visit the café, and access the East Shore Trail.

We wanted to do some hiking and get some forest time in. So that had us heading for Van Sickle Bi-State Park in South Lake Tahoe.

Day 6 – South Lake Tahoe

Whitney Peak Climbing. Located directly behind the Reno Arch is Basecamps, a 7,000-square-foot indoor competition-level climbing park.

Day 7 – Lake Tahoe to Reno

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