About This Place
Reno, Nevada, is best known for its abundance of slot machines and blackjack tables. While gambling is the top attraction in Reno, “The Biggest Little City in the World” also offers beautiful natural retreats, outdoor adventures and a culture steeped in the arts.
Reno is nestled between the Tahoe and Virginia ranges. The Tahoe range is home to lakes, rivers and conifers, while the Virginia range offers a desert landscape. This geographic difference converges in Reno, creating a unique and stunning environment.
Nature lovers who visit Reno can take a bike ride down the Truckee River Trail or hit the rapids at Truckee River Whitewater Park. For adrenaline junkies, Sierra Adventures offers gear and tour guides for heart-pumping activities like rock climbing, mountain biking and hot-air ballooning. Hikers can strap on their boots and search for great city and mountain views from the trails along Peavine Mountain and Mount Rose. The fun continues in winter, when Reno’s surrounding peaks provide superb skiing and snowboarding conditions.
For the ultimate relaxation in Reno, tourists can rejuvenate with a hot rock massage or Dead Sea body mask at Cal Neva Resort, Spa and Casino. Treatments are available on a deck overlooking the sapphire blue waters of Lake Tahoe, about 40 miles to the southwest. Or, travelers can stay closer to home (or home-away-from home) at the Brine Inhalation-Light Therapy Lounge inside Reno’s Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, where salt air and soothing lights are combined to simulate a trip to the seashore.
The Reno arts scene is diverse and prominent. The journey begins at the Nevada Museum of Art, where sensational local photography is frequently on display in the Will Bruder–designed structure.
From the museum, stroll the Truckee River Arts District in downtown Reno. Here, travelers can browse hip shops and galleries, including Parasols Boutique and the Stremmel Gallery, and lunch on delicious treats, like Campo restaurant’s muffaleta sandwich.
In July, Reno visitors can discover the magic of Artown, a month-long celebration of the arts. The annual festivities feature some 350 tributes to dance, theater, film and music, most of them free. A favorite event is “Movies in the Park,” a showcase of family-friendly classics in the great outdoors.
When the sun goes down in Reno, the city puts the “life” in nightlife. For visiting night owls, the CommRow center downtown is a sure bet. The entertainment complex is home to the world’s tallest outdoor climbing wall, along with multiple bars and dance clubs. On the ground floor, Centric lounge spotlights local musicians. Upstairs are the Orale tequila bar, the hip Martini Bar, old-school Lucky Lounge and V15, where cocktails and indoor rock climbing go hand in hand.
For more variety, head to Harrah’s Reno. The 60,000-square-foot casino is one of Reno’s best. The onsite Sapphire Lounge provides great drinks and dancing, so guests can go from roulette to rumba in no time.