Lake Tahoe

Due to the rain shadow caused by the peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the eastern side of the mountains are much drier than the west.

Reno promotes itself as “the Biggest Little City in the World”, a slogan found on the famous Reno Arch over Virginia Street.

Lake Tahoe contains enough water to cover the whole of the state of California with 35 centimetres of water.

Every autumn, thousands of kokanee (or sockeye) salmon make an incredible journey from Lake Tahoe up Taylor Creek to spawn and reproduce.

The Sierra Nevada Mountains play host to five distinct climatic and environmental zones.

The Reno-Tahoe area is bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

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Flying at 13,000m - The bio-diverse Sierra Nevada


Flying at 1,000m - Lake Tahoe


Flying at ground level - "The Biggest Little City in the World"

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