We left San Francisco late in the afternoon and made it to Reno by evening, taking advantage of the dinnertime buffets and the inexpensive drink prices to get started on our night. I’d never been to Reno before and expected it to be more like Laughlin than like Vegas but was surprised to find that it has more Vegas flavor than I would have thought. Sure, it’s not The Strip, but for a small city located just three hours drive from San Francisco, it actually offers quite a bit of activity.
After spending most of the night at the black jack tables and the slot machines, we made our way to a hotel room and crashed. We woke early and drove for about an hour to reach one of the Tahoe mountains, where we warmed our chilly bodies by the fireplace of the lodge. There wasn’t a whole lot of snow on the mountain and there was an abundance of wind, so the number of ski lifts open was low. But that didn’t stop plenty of people from coming out, enjoying the multi-generational fun of playing in the snow.
The entire trip took us less than twenty four hours. Sure, it was a bit of a whirlwind and we crammed a lot in there, but it goes to prove that both Tahoe and Reno can make for an excellent day trip getaway from San Francisco. Still, if you want to get the best experience of both of them, and you have the opportunity to use a whole weekend to do it, you may as well stay the extra day. The city will still be here when you get back!