- We shot several scenes in northern Nevada that’ll be shown in our winter commercial (it was March when we filmed the spots!). But, there are a lot of “Don’t Fence Me In” experiences in these locations that can be found in the summer too. This itinerary uses Reno/Tahoe as a hub, but you’ll also want to consider Elko in northeast Nevada or Austin and Eureka in central Nevada as alternative hub locations to build your own “Don’t Fence Me In” itineraries. Don’t forget to share your DFMI experiences with all of us!
Begin your day by taking a drive out to spectacular Lake Tahoe. The air is clean, the setting is awe-inspiring and you’ll break away from every care in the world at your first glimpse of this extraordinary (have we said enough superlatives?) scenic wonder. While at the Lake, you can enjoy boating, swimming, hiking, biking, and some of the best spas in the area. You’ll also want to enjoy some of the wonderful lakeside restaurants and lake cruises.
We didn’t show shopping in the commercial, but we know you like to shop, so while at the Lake, head to South Lake Tahoe to enjoy boutique shopping and a great selection of outdoor recreation gear. Reno also has fantastic recreational equipment shopping – check out these retailers before heading to some of northern Nevada’s more remote recreational opportunities!
The “all in” gaming shot was filmed in Reno’s Peppermill Casino Resort. Reno has many exciting casinos that offer a wide range of table games, slots, sports books and lots of other fantastic ways to get in the game.
Stay at one of Reno’s resort hotels, motels or inns. There’s a property to fit anyone’s budget!
Begin the day with brunch at one of the casinos or the fabulous Peg’s Glorified Ham and Eggs in downtown Reno.
The motorcycling scene was shot on Centerville Road just south of Genoa. Genoa lays claim to being Nevada’s oldest town and it’s definitely one of the state’s cutest spots… in a cool biker way, of course. Ride south from Reno along the brand new Highway 580 through Carson City (stop here for historic downtown) until you get to Jacks Valley Road.
Take a right and travel to Genoa. Stop at the Genoa Bar where you get the lay of the land from the nice folks who own the place or at any of the retailers and restaurants in town. Then journey down Jacks Valley Road alongside the Sierra Mountains into Minden, up over Kingsbury Grade to Lake Tahoe, and along Highway 50 and Mount Rose Highway back to Reno. What a ride!
Dining and Clubbing
Enjoy one of Reno’s amazing restaurants situated along the Truckee River. The river runs right through downtown, so it’s close to any of the area lodging properties.
Kayaking along the Truckee River is a great way to see some of the sites and enjoy the outdoors. Several kayaking outfitters are available in Reno and can get you set-up for an amazing adventure.
Base Camp in downtown Reno offers indoor and outdoor rock climbing that’s great for DFMI’ers of all ages. Test your skills on these awesome walls. You can also enjoy a climb in and around Lake Tahoe. Serious and recreational climbers can enjoy the mountains and catch the spectacular views around the Lake.
Native American Culture
We shot the Native American dancers in Carson City. If you want to see dancing at its finest, plan your trip to be here over Father’s Day. The Stewart Indian School’s Father’s Day Pow Wow is a tremendous opportunity to see the dancing, artwork and history of Nevada’s 29 tribes. Any other time of the year, drive out to Pyramid Lake, about an hour east of Reno, to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum.
Exhibits at the multi-purpose museum describe the tribe’s history and culture and offer insights into why the Paiute people hold the lake and its surrounding landscape so sacred. The area also hosts several special events, so be sure to look for Native American events at Pyramid Lake.
Ropin, Riding and Rowdying
Corley Ranch in Gardnerville is a working ranch raising cattle, farming hay, and growing pumpkins. It offers a great way to experience an authentic ranch. Be sure to call ahead so you can plan your experience! During the fall, the corn maze and pumpkin patch provide a perfect autumn getaway.
Continue your old west experience by visiting Virginia City, a.k.a The Comstock. During its heyday, Virginia City's mining proceeds amounted to millions of dollars, equaling billions today. Every inch of this picturesque, Victorian-era town, celebrates this colorful history. Stroll the town’s authentic board sidewalks to Old West saloons, shops, museums, and restaurants... and did we mention Old West saloons? Okay we said that twice, but it bears repeating. This is a quaint town, but is also a great place to let your hair down and enjoy the company of great friends.
Every visit to Nevada should be one that helps you to break free from everyday stress, checks a few items off a bucket list and is more fun than anyone can imagine. Tell us about your own “Don’t Fence Me In” experience (link to upload). We’d all love to hear ALL about your trip! Enjoy!
As a side “Don’t Fence Me In” note…
We can hardly talk about “Don’t Fence Me In” experiences in northern Nevada without mentioning Burning Man. This is an entire itinerary in itself and an event you’ll need to experience to fully appreciate. The 2013 event will be held Aug. 26 – Sept. 2 in the desert outside of Gerlach, Nevada. Tickets to the event are tough to get, so watch the BurningMan.com site for update.