The famed neon Reno Arch stretching across Virginia Street
Overlooking Rancho San Rafael Park for the Great Reno Balloon Race
Truckee River Whitewater Park, a focal point of the Riverwalk District
Bright lights illuminating the downtown skyline.
Sunrise in winter at Slide Mountain on the Mount Rose Highway
Spying the city in the distance during a biking excursion on Peavine Mountain
Vintage cars in the National Automobile Museum
Fly-fishing in the fall in the Truckee River
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- Reno-Tahoe (RNO)
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The Riverwalk District
Set along the Truckee River, Reno’s revitalized downtown is bursting with activity. This scenic shopping, eating and entertainment area has plenty of green spaces and a well-maintained bike path (and offers bike tours, too). Find intimate Italian dining, Irish pubs and upscale cocktail lounges. Shop the boutiques or explore several art galleries. See live theater, catch a show at the Reno-Tahoe Comedy Theater or settle in for a more dramatic performance at Pioneer Center for Performing Arts.
Attractions of Note
Animal Ark, a wildlife sanctuary, hosts lots of family-friendly events and has cheetahs, bears, birds of prey and other exotics. At the Sierra Nevada Zoological Park, you’ll see everything from tigers to parrots. If car culture is more your thing, take a day to visit the 220 on display at the National Automobile Museum, which also hosts themed events and happy hours. The Wilbur D. May Center, named after a Reno adventurer and philanthropist, has an arboretum, botanical gardens and museum featuring art and artifacts picked up from May’s 40 trips around the world. To get a real sense of Reno urban culture, head to Midtown District, where you’ll find funky indie stores, artisanal shops and plenty of innovative dining.
Mountain Adventures and Resort Fun
The Sierra Nevada Mountains are never far away, promising lots of rugged alpine fun when you’re done enjoying the city. Mount Rose, the most prominent on the skyline, rises 1,828 meters over Reno. Hike to the summit, or take one of the world-class mountain biking trails that fan out from the adjacent highway. Otherwise, take in the landscape by horseback riding, hang gliding or driving scenic byways. The Truckee River, Lake Tahoe’s only outflow, is perfect for white-water rafting, kayaking and fly-fishing. If you’re visiting in winter, 15 ski areas dot the Lake Tahoe Regions. As casino resorts go, Reno has plenty, including the Atlantis, the Nugget and Silver Legacy, all of which offer great dining, fabulous spas and lots of nightlife.
The Reno Arch on Virginia Street, originally intended to promote the Transcontinental Highways Exposition of 1927, was left up and adorned with the slogan “Reno, The Biggest Little City in the World.”