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Reno Stihl National Championship Air Races and Show 2018

Reno Air Races 2018

Reno Stihl National Championship Air Races & Air Show
DIRECTIONS General Info Airport Map A few Impressions (video)

Weekend trip from Las Vegas to the Reno Air Races and Virginia City
Both Justin and I have a passion for airplanes. Justin always wanted to go to the Reno Air Races and because we’re living a lot closer to Reno now, we decided to go on a Road Trip. We went for the 1st time in 2018 and it wasn’t going to be out last time. 

Obviously we always try to see as much as possible on our Road Trips, so we combined our stay in Reno with a short visit to Virginia City. Virgina City is an old west town that’s famous for 1859’s Comstock Lode silver ore discovery, also famous because of the TV Show “Bonanza” that was filmed there. We’ll talk more about this fantastic old west town in our next blog 😉

# DIRECTIONS

The driving time from Vegas to Reno is about : 7h 30m

Click HERE (or on the map) for more detailed driving instructions,

The 1st and longest road of our trip was US-95.

And the 2nd part was pretty easy too, we followed NV-439I-80 W and US-395 N to Stead Blvd in Reno, where we took exit 76 from US-395 N.

On our way back to Las Vegas, we took a short detour to Virginia City via I-580 S to NV-341 E in Virginia City

# ROAD TRIP FROM VEGAS TO RENO AIR RACES

Long road trips like our trip from Vegas to Reno need to be planned, especially if you’re driving through the desert. And the 1st part of our Road Trip to the Air Races in Reno, US-95, took us for miles and miles through the desert. There were only very few small little towns, so planning ahead when and where to fuel the car up, where we would eat etc. was crucial.

#OUR FOOD, GAS & BADROOM STOPS ALONG THE WAY

Terrible Herbst Casino Gas and Burgers – Indian Springs, Eddie World Gasoline – Beatty, Valero Gas – Tonopah, Golden Gate Truck Stop – Hawthorne, Walker Lake (for stretching the legs) and Chevron – Silver Springs

Please click on the links above for more detailed information. NOTE : These are all little towns in the desert and most places were okay, but don’t expect anything extremely fancy 😉

“Lake Walker – Nevada”

Play Video about Lake Walker Nevada Day Trip Las Vegas Reno Air Races 2018

# RENO STIHL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES 2018

We bought our tickets for the Air Races in Reno online on the official website Airrace.org
To get a guaranteed Grandstand Seating, we booked the “Reserved Grandstand Tickets”, but, if you bring your own chair the General Admission Tickets are just as good. 

# GOOD TO KNOW

  • If you plan on going to the PIT to meet the pilots and their planes, go on a weekday. TIP: PIT passes will be cheaper.
  • Parking : There are a few places where you can park for free, but you’d have to be there extremely early, which we thought isn’t worth it.
  • TIP: There are shuttles from the Eldorado Hotel & Nugget Casino Resort, more info here: Parking and more
  • And RV Parking is also possible
  • There are many souvenirs and food stands, all of them outdoors, as well as the porta potties.
    TIP: bring cash! There are a few ATMs, but they never seem to be working correctly.
  • It can be pretty cold that time of the year, wear layers!

 

# A TYPICAL DAY AT THE RENO AIR RACES

First we looked up our seats and noticed we probably should have brought stadium chairs, but unfortunately we didn’t.

There wasn’t anything we wanted to watch yet so we decided to walk around. There is a lot to see, like the pit area with the race and performer aircrafts. The military, jet, stohl aircrafts and so on. If you get lucky, the pilots are standing next to their planes, some of them are talkative, some of them aren’t 😉

Apart from the aircrafts there are a lot of souvenir stands, with shirts, paintings, pins, sculptures and so on. TIP: if you want to get food, don’t go during the breaks, because the lines can be rather long. And as mentioned earlier, bring cash!

# A FEW IMPRESSIONS