Reno Tahoe Airport
Car Rental at Reno Tahoe Airport
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The Reno-Tahoe International Airport is four miles southeast of downtown Reno and the second busiest in Nevada after Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport.
Getting to the heart of the ‘Biggest Little City in the World’ is easy as the airport is served by virtually every car rental company operating in the United States.
A car rental at Reno Tahoe Airport makes it convenient for you to see the city attractions as they are mostly located a good 30 minutes drive from downtown.
With your rental car from Reno Tahoe Airport, follow I-80 as it runs east to west while US 395 runs north to south.
Around the Biggest Little City in the World
The original gateway to the Old West, Reno had its start as a pit stop for prospectors on the way to the California Gold Rush.
But it was when the Comstock Lode, one of the largest silver strikes ever, was discovered in Virginia City, Nevada in 1859 when Reno really grew as another wave of prospectors made the trip back from the west to the Washoe Rush.
Because Reno provided shelter and a means of information exchange among prospectors, it inevitably grew to be a gambling center in the Western frontier, a legacy that visitors today can still engage in thanks to the city’s many casinos.
Burning Man Festival
The Burning Man festival in nearby Black Rock City, about three hours north by car has seen increasing participation over the years in what used to be a ritual burning during the summer solstice.
If you decide to join what many of the participants consider as an opportunity for radical self-expression, communion with nature, and survival in the desert, make your way to the Black Rock desert before the last Monday of August.
The event concludes on the first Monday in September and coincides with Labor Day.
If you want to continue on to California, you may decide on a one way rental car with you and drop if off at the San Francisco International Airport six hours away.
One of the deepest lakes in the country and shared with California, Lake Tahoe has water so clear and clean that one can see up to 70 feet straight down.
The lake also sparkles the bluest shade of cobalt and turquoise and a favourite destination year-round especially during summer when Kiva Beach bustles with northern Californians and Renoites who come to kayak, wakeboard, boat, and paddle on the waters.
In winter, there are about 15 ski resorts in the vicinity for some downhill skiing and riding.
Lake Tahoe is a mere hour’s drive south by car from Reno Tahoe Airport.
The Loneliest Road in America
Running parallel to the historic Pony Express trail, this stretch of US Highway 50 that spans the width of Nevada once earned negative publicity as the ‘loneliest road.’
Connecting Lake Tahoe in western Nevada and the Great Basin National Park in the east close to the Utah border, the ‘Loneliest Road in America’ runs for more than 400 miles and, with bone white desert floor, jagged mountains and blue skies occasionally interrupted by deer, wild horses, mountain desert blanketed with sagebrush, offers a true escape from the constant chatter of the digital world.
Rent a car in Reno Tahoe Airport and get your “I Survived the Loneliest Road in America” certificate by getting your map stamped in the towns of Fernley, Fallon, Austin, Eureka, and Ely.
US Highway 50
If you plan to continue on to California, use US Highway 50 over Echo Summit if you drive from the Lake Tahoe Basin.
To go south to Las Vegas, take the US 95 for an 8-hour drive and drop off your a one way car rental at McCarran International Airport.
Pacific Coast Highway
You can take the Interstate 80 over Donner Summit if the weather permits as snow may shut down the route to Northern California for several days.
Once in Sacramento, the western entrance to the Yosemite National Park is four hours away..
If you take the coastal road, Monterey (the start of the scenic Pacific Coast Highway of central California) is less than three hours south.
For a direct route to southern California, follow the US 395 from Reno.