Welcome to Sparks, Nevada, in the midst of one of the most stunning landscapes in our country. Near Reno, Nevada and the beautiful Lake Tahoe region. Sparks has a personality all its own, with plenty of sights, sounds and tastes to enhance any vacation adventure. Home of the Best of the West Nugget Rib Cook Off, Sparks gives you a little taste of the Old West, combined with new and hip experiences for all ages and interests. Even though this is high desert country, Sparks is lucky enough to have a natural spring that boasts a full-service boating marina, windsurfing, sailing and boating activities. Of course, gambling is another activity that folks of most ages can enjoy, and being so close to the bigger city of Reno increases what’s available to you tenfold. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, several state parks, and a hop, skip and a jump from beautiful Lake Tahoe, Sparks is in a great area where you can experience almost limitless outdoor adventures. Create your own adventures in this beautiful area and book an RV in Sparks today!
Experience the Sites and Scenery
There’s more to this area than Lake Tahoe. As you travel in and around the Sparks area, you’ll explore some of the most breathtaking landscapes you’ll ever find. Find yourself hiking in high pine forests, fishing in running rivers or calm lakes, exploring nearby national monument sites, state parks, national forests, and more. Take a short drive for an hour or two in your Sparks rental RV and stumble on some of the world’s most beautiful places. Yosemite National Park is just 150 miles south, and the El Dorado, Plumas and Stanislaus national forests to the west all offer hiking, camping, biking, bird watching, and fishing. Mormon Station State Park, just east of Sparks, is a beautiful relaxed park with the history of Old West Genoa and nature all in one; this park is a great place for a family picnic and nearby explorations of the area. Dip your toes into one of many hot springs in the area. One popular spot is Grover Hots Springs State Park, which also includes camping spaces, hot showers, flush toilets, and beautiful surroundings. If you love the great outdoors, a Sparks RV rental will help you completely experience this beautiful area.
A visit to this area is not complete without taking the Sparks camper rental to the world-famous Yosemite National Park, just a few hours’ drive to the south. One of the first and most popular of the United States’ national parks, the beautiful Yosemite is famous for its ancient sequoia trees and breathtaking vistas of rugged rock faces and granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. Bridalveil Falls is an iconic vista that will make you feel small, and probably wet! The landscape of this area is incredible, with high granite peaks, thickly forested trails, snow in places all year round, and limitless outdoor activities from cross-country skiing, to backcountry hiking, RV camping, guided adventures, and much more. In and around the park, your Sparks rental RV will have access to camping, many services, gift shops, restaurants, fuel and easy travel amenities. So, plan on staying a while and avoid weekend crowds by relaxing in Yosemite National Park in your Sparks camper rental.
Sparks is the fifth largest city in Nevada, but has a quaint Old West feel to it at times. Known as The Rail City, Sparks has a rich Western history. The quaint Victorian Square downtown area is absolutely gorgeous and offers history, art, great restaurants, pubs, shopping spots, fine boutiques, outdoor events and festivals. Sparks Heritage Museum is a great little place to start your exploration of the culture and history of the area. “It Happens Here” is another slogan of Sparks, and boy, does it. Almost every weekend there is something fun going on at the Victorian Square plaza, from art shows, holiday celebrations, food and culture festivals, live music, farmers markets and much, much more. A popular festival is the joyful Cinco de Mayo Festival. For a fun and safe festival for the kids, check out Pumpkin Palooza! Love folk music? You’ll love the annual Ukulele Festival which takes place in May. This fantastic musical extravaganza, featuring the tiny but mighty ukulele, is considered the premiere “uke” festival of the West.
If you enjoy history and art, there are some great museums, galleries and sites to visit in your RV rental in Sparks and nearby Reno. The National Automobile Museum is a favorite stop in Reno, just west of Sparks. The Terry Wells Discovery Museum is one of the finest science museums in the country, with interactive and exploratory exhibits and activities for kids of all ages. The Nevada Museum of Art houses a world-class collection of Nevada talent, as well as famous pieces from artists around the world, including contemporary works and gorgeous renderings of the great western landscapes.
Sparks is a shopper’s paradise, with jewelry, clothing boutiques, antiques, souvenirs, pubs and restaurants, and gift shops all along the plaza of Victorian Square. Sparks is also the home of mercantile shopping centers, outlet malls, and grand shopping malls. Nearby Reno offers even more, especially along its Riverwalk District.
There are also dozens of pretty parks that are great for picnics, strolling and just relaxing in this enjoyable town. The Wilbur D. May Center is a favorite spot, with botanical gardens and an arboretum, a museum and a gift shop. Rancho San Rafael Regional Park is a historic ranch site, with fishing, walking trails and other recreational activities for lots of family fun.
Where to Park It
You can’t go wrong with a rental RV in Sparks. This is one of the friendliest RV areas in the country, with private campgrounds in the city and all around the greater Reno-Sparks area. You’ll also find a lot of options near Lake Tahoe and in nearby state and regional parks. There are many places to pick up groceries, fill up the gas tank, get some camping or fishing supplies, and several conveniently located Walmart stores. Being able to stay and travel in your very own Sparks rental motorhome will allow you to really get to know this wonderful area of natural beauty, history, and friendly folks.
Being in the middle of a tourist area has its advantages. One is having access to a wide variety of delicious food that reflects local culture and international cuisines. From Western-style steakhouses to craft brew pubs and everything in between, you’ll find something for everyone in Sparks. There are more and more vegetarian and vegan offerings on menus, and many restaurants can accommodate gluten-free eating. From casual dining to fast food to sophisticated restaurant experiences, you can really enjoy the food scene in Sparks.
If you want to cook in your Sparks camper rental, there are plenty of grocery stores, including organic and natural food offerings. There are several farmers markets in the area and all feature local produce, honey from the area, artisan breads, craft cheeses, homemade sausages, local meat and, of course, live music and family fun.
Sparks is a great place to explore in your rental camper. You’ll enjoy beautiful natural landscapes, city nightlife and culture, delicious food, western history and much, much more. Search for an RV rental in Sparks, NV and start planning your next vacation today!