It’s time to get away to Reno Tahoe

Looking for a perfect weekend getaway from San Francisco or Northern California?

The Reno Tahoe area is beautiful this time of year and with three spectacular events coming up in the next few weeks, Reno is the perfect spot for a getaway weekend from Northern California.

Reno Tahoe weekend getaway #1: Aviation Roundup

AF Thunderbirds
AF Thunderbirds
Photo: © Aviation Roundup

The fabulous United States Air Force Thunderbirds are headed to the Minden-Tahoe Airport Aviation Roundup August 22 and 23.

Located just 45 mile south of Reno in the Carson Valley, the Aviation Roundup will feature the US Air Force Thunderbirds, Team Rocket, Bill Stein, Kyle Franklin, Matt Younkin, Manfred Radius, Dan Buchanan, and the Misty Blues will parachute in with the flag for the opening ceremonies.

Aviation Roundup mapDates: August 22 & 23, 2015

Location: Minden-Tahoe Airport
1146 Airport Rd, Minden, NV 89423

Tickets: $10 each day

Schedule: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Full schedule available on the Aviation Roundup website)

What’s nearby? Check out Gardnerville for some great antique shopping, South Lake Tahoe is just a short drive away and stop by Adele’s in Carson City for some of the best food in Northern Nevada.

Additional Reno Tahoe events Aug 21 – 23: Carson City Jazz Festival, Reno Tahoe Music Fesitival, Colbie Caillat & Christina Perri at the Grand Sierra Resort, Johnny Matthis at Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Lake Tahoe Marathon and the Nevada Humane Society Duck Race & Festival.

Reno Tahoe weekend getaway #2: Great Reno Balloon Race

Great Reno Balloon Race 2014
Great Reno Balloon Race 2014
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

As the colors begin to change, the Reno Tahoe area is spectacular, and on the weekend of September 11-13, it only gets more stunning as nearly one hundred balloons take to the skies for the world’s largest free hot-air balloon festival.

In its 33rd year, the Great Reno Balloon Race continues to amaze and inspire the 125,000 spectators that attend the event each year to be dazzled by the Super Glow Show, Dawn Patrol, Mass Ascension Launch, and more.

Great Reno Balloon Race 2014
Great Reno Balloon Race 2014
Photo: Kim Hull
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Dates: September 11-13, 2015

Location: Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra St., Reno, Nevada

Cost: Free. (VIP access also available)

Schedule: 5:15 am – 10:00 am daily (Full schedule available on the Great Reno Balloon Race website)

What’s nearby? Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is located just north of downtown Reno. Take a stroll along the Truckee River, head to midtown Reno for great restaurants and bars, or head up to Truckee for an afternoon of shopping or outdoor activities.

Additional Reno Tahoe events September 11-13: Reno Street Food – Party in the Park, International Camel & Ostrich Races in Virginia City, Engelbert Humperdinck at Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival, and the Tour de Tahoe – Bike Big Blue cycling event.

Reno Tahoe weekend getaway #3: Reno National Championship Air Races

Reno Air Races 2014
Reno Air Races 2014
Photo: Kim Hull
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Held in September at the Reno-Stead Airport, the National Championship Air Races attract aviation enthusiasts from around the world.

The last event of its kind, the National Championship Air Races began in 1964 when Bill Stead organized an air race near Reno, Nevada. 47 years later, the event now attracts more than 150,000 spectators and features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations.

Reno Air Races 2014
Reno Air Races 2014
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Dates: September 16-20, 2015

Location: Reno-Stead Airport
4895 Texas Ave, Reno, NV 89506

Tickets: General admission, grandstand and VIP access available ranging from $14 and up. View ticket options.

Schedule: 8 am – 4:30 pm daily (Full schedule will be available on the National Championship Air Races website as event nears)

Additional Reno Tahoe events September 18-20: Reno Street Food – Party in the Park, Soul Hero at the Freight House District at Aces Ballpark, Reno Chamber Orchestra – Kuchar/Bendix-Balgley, Reno Pirate Crawl, Edible Pedal 100, and IRONMAN Lake Tahoe.

Reno Tahoe getaway: Where to stay

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Home to over 20,000 hotel rooms, the Reno Tahoe has accommodations for every taste and budget.

Topping most “Best of” lists, and our favorite, is the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

Conveniently located in central Reno with ample free parking, the Atlantis has rooms ranging from deluxe accommodations to Reno’s only Concierge Hotel Tower.

And, while you’re there – check out the daily happy hour (4:00pm – 6:00 pm) at Bistro Napa for 1/2 price small plates, flat breads, wines and cocktails. Hands down the best social hour in Reno and where the locals go.

There you go  – three great weekend getaways only a few hours from San Francisco and Northern California!

Bistro Napa. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
Bistro Napa. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

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