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Reno and Tahoe
Nevada and California
Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and just a short drive from Lake Tahoe, Reno’s geography creates an outdoor mecca, according to Ben McDonald, communications manager for the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.

“We are a four-season destination and with 18 skiing resorts — skiing is king in the winter,” said McDonald. “Mount Rose has the highest base elevation in the Sierras, and even as a nonskier, the views of the city, Washoe Valley and Lake Tahoe — voted America’s best lake by USA Today — are worth the time. Tour groups also love the opportunity to snowmobile and snowshoe.”

During the warm months, bank groups can choose to lounge on the beach and then take a dinner cruise and a scenic tour on the Tahoe Queen or MS Dixie. In addition, more than 50 golf courses are within 90 minutes of the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

McDonald suggested that from June through September, groups take a leisurely raft ride on the Truckee River.

“As it runs through the heart of Reno, they pick you up and drop you off in our downtown,” he said. “With class 3 and class 4 rapids, the river is pretty calm. But for those wanting more excitement, try this experience in May.”

The Truckee River White Water Park also has an amphitheater with entertainment throughout the summer, including craft fairs and festivals.

On horseback excursions or Jeep and Hummer tours, groups can see some of the wild horses that roam the area. And for those wanting to safely experience mountain climbing, the highest climbing wall in North America is located at Reno’s Whitney Peak Hotel.