Enjoy the mild fall weather and soak up the natural, stark beauty of the southwest in Nevada, the ideal place to escape snowy weather during Thanksgiving. Play all day in the resort towns of Las Vegas and Reno, or opt for a cowboy experience in the smaller community of Carson City. Choose a Nevada vacation rental by the lake in New Washoe City, or a cabin nestled in the mountains situated in the town of Jarbidge. From gourmet Thanksgiving Day meals to tree lighting ceremonies, cities and towns in Nevada put you in the center of it all. Check out the nine best Thanksgiving getaways in Nevada.
1. Lake Tahoe
Your Lake Tahoe vacation rental ensures you have some great options for a Thanksgiving Day meal without turning on your own oven. Locals rave around the meal served at the Lone Eagle Grill with all the traditional fixings, including turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and so much more. Harrah’s, one of the local casinos, throws open its doors with a traditional buffet with all of your favorite foods, such as steak, seafood, and desserts. Enjoy water views at the Riva Grill with its traditional meal and its standard menu.
Enjoy time reconnecting with your family when Reno is your Thanksgiving vacation destination. At the Eldorado Showroom, see the stunning and magical “Christmas Wonderland.” This show includes all your favorite Christmas music, dancers leaping around stage, and a visit from Santa Claus. Practice your spins and twirls when you slip on your ice skates at the seasonal ice skating rink at Aces Ballpark. If you bring canned good items to donate, you get a coupon for skate rentals. Get your day off to a great start when you walk or run the 2-mile Scheels Turkey Trot.
3. Las Vegas
Your Thanksgiving Day meal is sure to be one for the record books with all the hotels and restaurants in Las Vegas. Top buffets include the Bellagio, the Venetian, and the Rio. Take your Black Friday shopping to the next level with all the upscale shops at the LINQ Promenade and the Fashion Show mall. Of course, most of the casinos on the Strip have specialty shops that complement their theme. Check out the lush fall foliage and crops at the Harvest Show at the Bellagio Conservatory.
With its close proximity to Las Vegas, you won’t go hungry on Thanksgiving Day in Henderson, but there’s more than enough to keep you busy without those loud casinos. Start your holiday off right with the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and then check out the Charlie Brown’s annual Thanksgiving dinner. Chow down on popcorn, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, candy, and other favorite snack foods while you watch your favorite Peanuts movies. Participate or watch the Turkey Bowl Flag Football Tournament the weekend after the holiday. If you’re not into football, then check out the annual Cranberry Slam Pickleball Classic.
5. Carson City
Keep your figure even after eating your weight in turkey at the Carson City Turkey Trot. Hosted by the St. Teresa Catholic School, this run or walk stretches for 8K or 5K with t-shirts and swag for those the preregister. The top three winners in both races receive pies. Enjoy the beauty of “The Nutcracker” ballet at the Pinkerton Ballet Theatre. Stop by the Nevada State Museum to learn more about the state’s population of Native Americans on this holiday that celebrates the help they gave European settlers.
With its close proximity to Reno, the small community of Sparks shares many Thanksgiving Day events with the larger city. Take a ride in the vintage Virginia and Truckee Railroad cars when you take the family on the V and T Candy Cane Express Trains. Although there’s cooler weather in the mountains, you stay warm in the heated car as you indulge your sweet tooth with hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies. The company also offers a special Polar Express ride based on the movie geared for children, starting the week of Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a time for sharing and giving back to the community, and in Elko, this takes front stage. Take your family to volunteer at the First Baptist Church of Elko that hosts a Thanksgiving Day meal for those in need each year. From preparing dishes to dishing out cranberry sauce, your family can help out and spend time together. Afterwards, take the group for your own Thanksgiving dinner at one of the restaurants in town. Both Nevada Dinner House and Pine Lodge Dinner House offer traditional fare.
In Fallon, your family can get in shape ahead of the Thanksgiving meal with the 5K Turkey Trot the Saturday before the holiday. Sponsored by Churchill County Parks and Recreation, the race provides a free t-shirt to everyone who preregisters by a specific date. On the day of the event, race officials split everyone into heats according to their age with the winner of each receiving a free turkey.
9. Boulder City
Boulder City is home to the Las Vegas Turkey Trot, where locals and visitors to Vegas leave the glitz and glam behind to run the trot in this small town with the gorgeous Hoover Dam and Lake Meade as a backdrop. You can tackle the easily managed 1 mile portion or stretch your legs for the 5K or 12K.
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