the great balloon race

Find fun things to do in North Lake Tahoe, California. There’s a fabulous variety of totally fun tourist attractions and things to do in North Lake Tahoe to suit every taste, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to fishing and water sports in the summer. Plus, there is plenty of dining, shopping and activities when it’s time to come inside. Whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or hit the shops, restaurants, spas or the casino tables, you’ll find it all in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. The Squaw Valley Lodge provides the perfect spot to experience it all!

Take Flight: The Great Balloon Race 2012

2011 Photo Contest Winner: Diane Disney

September 7-9 | Times Vary

When the nation’s largest balloon race says “dawn patrol is worth the wake” they really mean it. Arise with the birds, put on a pot of coffee, grab a comfy blanket and head out to the most beautiful sunrise event of your life.

With 150,000 other spectators, feast your eyes on balloons of all shapes and colors, and be prepared to be enchanted. It’s no surprise The Balloon Race has raked in numerous awards over the years, such as ‘Best Special Event in Reno’ and ‘Best Special Event in Northern Nevada.’ 

With three days of events, there are plenty of opportunities to be a kid again, and here’s our number one tip: do your best to attend the Glow Show. Yes, we know it’s early at 5:00 AM, but you won’t regret it!

And if you really want to go all-out, enter to win The Great Reno Balloon Race Amateur Photo Contest! Prizes to be announced soon.

Have you ever taken flight in a hot air balloon?

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