A peek at places that have social media abuzz.

By Heidi Bethel

Instaworthy spots abound in the Sierra. Whether you’re looking for a great vantage point to shoot a Tik Tok video or want a quick photo to post alongside your Facebook status, Reno/Tahoe has some amazing views that are sure to get you more followers.

woman in front of Mural
Jeramie Lu



City scapes

The twinkling lights of the Biggest Little City make absolutely stunning backgrounds from afar, but if you like to visit inspiring destinations while you create head downtown. The “Believe” sculpture located in City Plaza made it’s way from Burning Man to its permanent home in 2015. And the iconic Reno Arch at the intersection of Virginia Street and Commercial Row is a must. I can’t forget to mention the Midtown Murals — look for more than 80 murals painted by local artists that are colorful and will show off your creative side. My feed tends to stray from sports, but the Reno Aces and Reno 1868 FC games at Greater Nevada Field offer up some nice imagery alongside the excitement of hometown baseball and soccer fun. reno.gov; artspotreno.org; greaternevadafield.com 

Want to capture the neon skyline of Reno? Head to University Ridge Park or Peavine Mountain before sunset for spectacular scenery skirted by the most vibrantly colored skies I’ve ever seen.


Lake views

What about the beautiful Alpine oasis that is Lake Tahoe? I still remember the first time I rounded the corner driving up Mt. Rose Highway where the trees clear and you get your first sweeping view of Big Blue. It’s enchanting. You’ll get a ton of likes posting photos from just about any vantage point on the Tahoe Rim Trail. And, if you stop at the Mt. Rose Highway Scenic Overlook just four miles outside Incline Village, the vast image that unfolds before you is one of the best around.

Want a sand-in-your-toes-relaxing-on-the-beach vibe? Lay your towel down at Sand Harbor, Zephyr Cove Resort or Commons Beach at Camp Richardson where the crystal clear waters and giant boulders can be your focus. parks.nv.gov; zephyrcove.com; camprichardson.com

Bonzi Rock
Jeramie Lu

Wildflowers and waterfalls

When I was a girl, I remember walking around our house during the spring and relishing the vibrant petals welcoming warmer weather. It was always a little ritual of mine and I still continue to do it to celebrate the changing of the season. While I have a few spots around my yard, the Sierra is flooded with colorful hues this time of year, along with streaming waters from the melting snowpack.

Hiking through Wildflowers
Hiking through Wildflowers (Justin Majeczky)

If you’re up for a hike, hit the Hunter Creek Trail in Reno where you’ll wind alongside a steep valley to find an impressive waterfall at the turnaround point. Or, trek up Shirley Canyon at Squaw, Snow Valley Peak in Carson City and the Mount Judah Loop in Truckee. All of these trails promise blooming buds and amazing views that will brighten your posts.

While you’re out and about, snapping, tweeting and posting, be sure to tag us at #getawaytohere and #getawayrt. We want to see if you hit up our favorite spots and find a few of your own! We might even have a prize, or two, up our sleeves. Can we get a like for that?

PROFESSIONAL TIP: Did you see our beautiful cover? Photographer Justin Majeczky captures amazing photos but urges folks to be gentle when trying to get the perfect pic. He stresses the importance of keeping the natural habitats healthy and vibrant for all to enjoy.

Lay your towel down at Sand Harbor, Zephyr Cove Resort or Commons Beach at Camp Richardson where the crystal clear waters and giant boulders can be your focus.

Jeramie Lu