Mostly known as a vacation spot to gamble your days away, Reno throughout the years has become more versatile. Now there are outdoor pursuits, arts, music and events that make up this city’s character profile. Many festivals like Hot August Nightsand the Reno River Festival draw large crowds to this friendly ‘Biggest, Little City’. Nestled in a desert valley amongst mountains and hills, Reno offers many shopping and dining venues like The Legends at Sparks Marina, where you can stroll about and enjoy views of the lake. Filled with arts and culture, visit the many museums, mansions and attractions like the National Automobile Museum, Bowers Mansion,or the Carson City Ghost Walk. There are also many parks and recreational areas for boating, fishing and water sports. Visit Tahoe Meadowsor Wingfield. Whether you are coming to play or work, Reno proves that big things do come in small packages.
10. Newland Heights For sightseers, this historical area in Reno is widely known for its beautiful display of 19th and 20th century Victorian architecture.
5. Sierra Safari Zoo Now one of the largest zoos in the state, visitors to Reno will find an array of exotic animals, small primates and mammals.
9.Virginia City Without changing much since the 1800s, this historic town near Reno was discovered to have the largest vein of gold, which made it one of the richest cities in the world.
4. Nevada Museum of Art Located in Downtown Reno, this museum houses a broad range of exhibits, a research library and an education centre.
8. Reno Arch Photos of your trip to this city must include this iconic neon sign that says ‘Reno, The Biggest Little City in the World!’
3. Wild Island For a family day, take the kids to this fun attraction in Sparks near Reno, where kids can play miniature golf, ride go-karts and just have a blast.
7. Historic Downtown Truckee Once known as a hangout for gunslingers and pioneers, this district now boasts great shopping, lodging and dining near Reno.
2.Fleischmann Planetarium Stars, science and wonder are combined to create this amazing place that has a theatre, many exhibits and one really big telescope!
6. Bayline Tours Take a road trip, but you don't have to do the driving, and venture out and see what Reno has to offer.
1. Lake Tahoe From the north shore to the south, this beautiful lake is the place to relax or take an adventure while visiting Reno.
- Reno Arch – Historical lighted sign first erected in 1926 and since rebuilt twice to commemorate the Transcontinental Highway’s completion in Reno.
- Nevada Historical Marker #30 – Located at 187 South Virginia Street, tells about the founding of Reno.
- Reno Amtrak Station – This railway depot was originally built in 1926 but burned down twice.
- Artefacts from original depots are displayed in the station’s lobby.
- Nystrom House – One of Reno’s oldest homes and used for the infamous divorce trade in 1920s.
- Nevada Historical Society Museum – Hosts exhibits pertaining to Nevada history, with an emphasis on gambling’s influences on the state.
Reno Art & Culture
- Artown Festival – More than 200 events mark July as the best time to experience Reno’s art and culture.
- Pioneer Centre for the Performing Arts – Home to the Reno Philharmonic, the Nevada Opera and Nevada Festival Ballet.
- Nevada Museum of Art – Set in a modern building, this museum has a great historical art collection and features rotating exhibits.
- Downtown Casinos – Reno’s gambling roots are showcased in the casinos that line the streets downtown.
- National Automobile Museum – A huge collection of vintage to antique cars.
- The Summit – A shopping centre with an extensive selection of shops, including an Apple store and Sephora.
- Outlets at Legends – Get popular name-brand clothing, shoes and more at this discount shopping centre.
- Meadowood Mall – Indoor mall that offers standard shops like Macy's as well as small stores and restaurants.
- Sundance Bookstore – Browse this locally owned Reno bookstore for popular and offbeat titles.
- Scheel’s – A giant, fully stocked sporting goods store with a gun range in-house.
Gay & Lesbian Reno
- Reno Gay Pride – This festival held annually in August at Wingfield Park packs the downtown streets with revellers.
- Tronix – This Reno gay bar has dancing and is open 24 hours on the weekend.
- 5 Star Saloon – This popular gay bar attracts a mixed crowd and has a dance floor and cage.
- Chapel Tavern – One of the most popular place in the “Biggest Little City” to get great drinks.
- Harrah’s Reno – This casino is gay friendly and often has live music shows.
- Riverwalk – A nice area for strolling along the Truckee River, with plenty of shops and dining spots.
- Idlewild Park – Home to the Municipal Rose Garden, as well as shady trees and a playground.
- Animal Ark – Wild animals are housed in habitat-conscious enclosures where visitors can learn more about nature and caring for a variety of species.
- Rancho San Rafael Park – A large park in Reno with winding trails, gardens, disc golf course and a dog park.
- Donner Party Park – The Donner party stayed here before their fateful journey over the Sierra Nevada.
- Ride the powdery ski slopes of the Mt Rose ski resort.
- Take on the green at Arrowcreek Country Club nestled into the mountains.
- Watch hot-air balloons take off at the annual Great Reno Balloon Race.
- See the streets come alive with motorcycles at the annual Street Vibrations.
- Bowl or simply watch a bowling tournament at the National Bowling Stadium.
Bring the heat to January with the Reno Winter Bachata. This Latin dance fest is full of workshops, nightly shows, live bands and, of course, plenty of dancing.
The Reno Jazz Festival is sponsored by the University of Nevada, and is filled with ‘all that jazz’ for three days during the month of April.
Mark your calendars in June for the Reno Film Festival, where there will be competitions, films, speakers and much more.
In July, the Great Basin Chautaqua entertains visitors to Reno with a lively history lesson that is quite the crowd-pleaser among the arts and culture scene.
Since the early 1970s, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival has taken place every summer near Reno. Sit on the beach, have a glass of wine and enjoy favorites like Romeo and Juliet.
At the end of summer every year, the Burning Man celebrates art and self-expression by gathering in the desert near Reno for one week and is filled with very unique displays and entertainment.
Free to the public, the Great Reno Balloon Race is held each September in Rancho San Rafael Park and offers tethered rides, crafts, food and lots of fun.
Packed with Scottish athletics, the Reno Celtic Celebration will be enjoyed by the whole family. This is a fun gathering in October.
Beer and food, what more can be said about Oktoberfest in Reno? Visitors will love the German gusto of the various festivals that take place in the area every October.
Based on a fictitious account, the Virginia City Camel Races are now a very real and fun event that goes on near Reno every fall.
When To Go
From April through August, summertime in Reno offers enough heat to endure the cold waters of the lake. The beach areas are a great place to hang out and enjoy blue skies and sunshine.
September through November is a great time to visit Reno with delightful temperatures around 82°F (28°C) during the day and 43°F (6°C) in the evening.
Winter, December through March, offers plenty of snow in Reno, which is prevalent until early spring. Skiing and other outdoor sports are popular with daily temperatures of 45°F (7°C) to 52°F (11°C).
Located downtown on North Center Street, the Amtrak station offers train services to Reno and to the rest of the country everyday.
By bus, visitors to Reno will find a station for Greyhound located on Stevenson Street downtown. The bus has lines that run from Reno to all over the US; however, the trip will take a day or two.
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