Ultimate 7 Day Reno to Lake Tahoe Loop Road Trip Itinerary

If you’re looking for an incredible 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 has all of this and more.

After visiting Nevada last year to uncover the best of the Great Basin Highway, we instantly had our eye on another road trip to discover more of this state.

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

We had a big day ahead of us, we would be leaving Reno and starting our Nevada road trip with a full day of fun in Virginia City, a small mining town that was hurled to fame due to the Comstock Lode.

Day 2 – Reno to Virginia City

Heading out of town towards Carson City, we came across a band of wild horses on the side of the road! Of course, we stopped for photos and to admire them.

Day 3 – Virginia City to Carson City

Day 4 – Carson City to the Carson Valley

The area of Carson Valley is located at the base of the Sierra Nevada and is made up of 4 distinct towns including Minden, Gardnerville, Genoa, and Topaz Lake.

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.

Day 5 – Carson Valley to North Lake Tahoe

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