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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Reno

Gerlach-Empire and Pyramid Lake

Driving to the mining town of Gerlach and the Black Rock Desert through the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation is seeing Nevada for how it truly is: lonely, unrelenting, and incredibly dusty.

107 miles north of Reno, NV,
Tags: family | hiking | outdoors | day trip

Lake Tahoe

An immense oasis split by California and Nevada, Tahoe’s cold, crystal-clear waters provide opportunities for water sports while the surrounding mountains beg to be hiked, skied, snow-shoed, or mountain-biked.

35 miles (North Shore) or 56 miles (South Shore) southwest of Reno, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, California,
Tags: beach | family | golf | outdoors | day trip | sports

Oats Park Art Center

Head to this surprisingly well-appointed, rural outpost to contemplate contemporary art. Outside, Top Guns from the Naval Air Base fly above while bees buzz through ripe alfafa fields.

62 miles east of Reno, NV, 775-423-1440,
Tags: family | art | culture | day trip

Squaw Valley

In winter, all eyes are on the Olympic-caliber slopes; the rest of the time the Village at Squaw Valley beckons with spa treatments, adventure activities, gourmet eateries, and a full-slate of festivals.

42 miles southwest of Reno, CA,
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip

Truckee and Donner Lake

Take a dip in “mini Tahoe” (and site of the wagon-train tragedy) before visiting nearby Truckee’s preserved turn-of-the-century Commercial Row with quaint boutiques and over 30 restaurants.

33 miles west of Reno, CA,
Tags: beach | family | outdoors | history | day trip

Virginia City

Creak down Main Street’s wooden sidewalks and duck into a saloon to experience the faded, wild-west opulence and rich history of mining boom and bust.

23 miles southeast of Reno, NV,
Tags: family | architecture | history | day trip

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