Introducing Reno-Tahoe Area
A vast sagebrush steppe, the western corner of the state is carved by mountain ranges and parched valleys. It's also the place where modern Nevada began. It was the site of the state's first trading post, pioneer farms and the famous Comstock silver lode, which spawned Virginia City, financed the Union during the Civil War and earned Nevada its statehood. Today, Reno and the state capital, Carson City, have little of the Wild West rawness still extant in the Black Rock Desert, reached via Pyramid Lake. For pampering all-seasons getaways, it's a short drive up to emerald Lake Tahoe, right on the California border.