There are fewer crowds and pleasant temperatures during the fall months, so it’s the ideal time for a laid-back trip to enjoy the foliage.

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Now that summer travel has come to an end, it’s time to think about fall and winter trips. Although summertime is peak travel season for Reno Tahoe, there are plenty of reasons to visit in the fall and winter – even before it’s time to hit the slopes.

There are fewer crowds and pleasant temperatures during the fall months, so it’s the ideal time for a laid-back trip to enjoy the foliage and (if you’re brave enough) partake in some Halloween fun in one of America’s most haunted towns.

By the time ski season rolls around, there are many ski resorts to visit – and a Santa pub crawl to get in the holiday spirit.

Here are our recommendations for a fall or winter visit to Reno Tahoe.

Check out the Reno Renaissance Hotel

The centrally located Renaissance Hotel celebrates Reno with odes to the city throughout the property. Complete with embroidered “Nevada” pillows in the bar area, custom art by local artists in The Hole, and a “RENO” mural outside the building, you definitely won’t forget you’re in Reno Tahoe. Even the hallways feature iconic Nevada photography of wild horses and Lake Tahoe.

New at the Reno Renaissance: bike rentals. Pedal your way along the Riverwalk and take in the seasonal shift from peaceful green to a symphony of autumn colors.

If you have any questions at all, expert navigators who know the city inside and out can help you plan anything from a day trip to a dinner at the perfect restaurant.

Try a pedal-powered bar crawl

For a different kind of pedal adventure, try the new Reno Brew Bike. This pedal-powered bicycle takes up to 15 passengers to visit local pubs and breweries. Celebrate fall’s flavors and specialty brews. Many pubs keep rooftops open late into autumn, so you can still enjoy the lingering warmth of the season.

Take a hike to see the fall colors

Reno Tahoe boasts spectacular fall foliage from September through November. For a leisurely stroll, check out Silver Willow Trail, Galena Creek Recreation Area or Dorostkar Park Nature Trail. They’re all under two miles long, but you won’t miss out on the beautiful views.

For something a little more strenuous, head to Hunter Creek Trail. At 5.8 miles, the hike starts in a desert landscape then leads you into the terrain of a pine forest. There’s also a beautiful waterfall at the end of the hike.

For the experienced hiker, Peavine Peak Trail is an excellent option. The 8.5-mile hike has an elevation gain of 2,834 feet, so hikers get incredible views of Reno, Sparks and the surrounding landscapes.

Haunted Halloween in Virginia City

For Halloween enthusiasts and fans of all things creepy, there’s no better place to visit in October than Virginia City. One of the three most haunted towns in America, it hosts a number of fabulously creepy events during the month of “Hauntober,” including an overnight ghost walking tour multiple nights of the week.

On Oct. 31, kids are invited to wear their costumes to the town’s Halloween Parade before trick-or-treating down C street. There’s a special Halloween night train, and the cemetery will stay open into the wee hours so the bravest travelers can take a tour of the graveyard.

Go to the Off Beat Music Festival

From Nov. 2-4, head to the citywide, multivenue Off Beat Music Festival to discover food, art and music that’s being created right in Reno.

Music performances take place in a wide variety of venues, including small bars, large theaters, art galleries, and even shops. Bands from all over the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest will perform, and Seattle is well represented. Emerald City artists on the lineup include Acid Tongue, Smokey Brights, Maiah Manser, Low Hums, and Naked Giants.

Santa Crawl

You haven’t lived until you’ve attended the largest Santa pub crawl in the country. On Dec. 9, attend the Reno Santa Crawl with thousands of Santas from all over the country.

Turnout is expected to be around 15,000 people and the event is far more than your average bar crawl. There’s a pre-crawl Friday night event, and Santa skiing on Saturday.

The best part? It’s all for a good cause. Proceeds from the event will be donated to local schools. To date, the Reno Santa Crawl has donated over $200,000 to various charitable organizations. So enjoy that spiked eggnog with the knowledge that your dollars are helping educate young children.

Go skiing

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s no better place to go skiing than Reno Tahoe. With the highest concentration of ski resorts in the country, you’ll have plenty of options. Some of the most popular are Squaw Valley (site of the 1960 Winter Olympics), Diamond Peak, Northstar and Mount Rose.

Reno Tahoe takes its skiing so seriously that its hotel casinos offer stay-and-ski packages. Skiers can get lower room rates and shuttles to and from the resorts.

If you prefer cross-country skiing, check out Royal Gorge. With 50 miles of groomed trails, you’ll get to take in some of the most beautiful scenery in the country as you ski.

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