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Things to do in  Reno

Small city, high stakes

Located in the high desert of northwest Nevada, Reno is the second-largest city in Nevada. While casinos are plentiful here, Reno also offers plenty of culture in the form of museums and public art, a lively dining scene, and easy access to outdoor adventures. The Truckee River runs right through downtown Reno, and there are parks and trails for hiking, biking, and even kayaking. Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains are also just a short distance away.

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All about Reno

When to visit

Reno hosts many events and festivals—including Burning Man in nearby Black Rock City—over the summer, which makes this a popular time to visit. Summer temperatures in the desert can soar, but visitors can cool off in the casinos, the Truckee River, or nearby Lake Tahoe. Winter is another popular season among tourists, as there are numerous ski resorts in the area. Visit in the spring and fall for smaller crowds and pleasant temperatures ideal for outdoor activities.

Getting around

You can get around Reno using the RTC bus system. It’s also easy to walk around popular neighborhoods like Downtown, the Riverwalk District, and the Midtown District. A car will come in handy if you want to explore the desert and other area attractions like Virginia City and Lake Tahoe, though there are shuttle buses from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Lake Tahoe’s north and south shores. Taxis and rideshares are also plentiful.

Traveler tips

There are plenty of restaurant options in the casinos, but head to the Riverwalk and Midtown districts for a lively café, restaurant, and microbrewery scene, along with more than 100 large-scale murals. Reno is also home to several large art installations from Burning Man, including some at the newly revitalized Neon Line District. For more active visitors, it’s possible to go whitewater rafting and kayaking right in town at the Truckee River Whitewater Park.

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What is there to do in Reno besides gambling?

There’s plenty to do in Reno besides gambling. Cultural and artsy options include the National Automobile Museum, the Wilbur D. May Center, the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts, and the Nevada Museum of Art. Shopping and dining options are plentiful, along with outdoor activities in nearby parks, deserts, mountains, and Lake Tahoe.

What is Reno known for?

Reno is known as “the biggest little city in the world.” It’s most famous for its casinos—there are more than 20 options, many of which can be found in a compact and walkable downtown area, while others are just a short drive away around town.

Is Reno worth visiting?

Yes. Reno offers options for different types of visitors. Those looking for gambling and entertainment will find more than 20 casinos around town. Cultural options span museums, galleries, public art installations, and performing arts centers. Several lively districts offer a combination of dining, shopping, and nightlife, while outdoor activities can be found both in town and nearby.

How can I spend a day in Reno?

Spend the morning exploring the National Automobile Center or the many murals and public art installations around town. Enjoy a stroll along the Riverwalk, grab a bite to eat overlooking the Truckee River, or try kayaking the river yourself. In the evening, grab dinner and drinks in the Midtown District, then hit the casinos to try your luck.

Does Reno have nightlife?

Yes, Reno has a variety of nightlife options. The casinos offer gambling, restaurants, and a variety of shows, bars, and clubs. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, pubs, craft breweries, cocktail bars, and lounges around town—especially in the Downtown, Riverwalk, and Midtown districts.

How much time do I need to spend in Reno?

Reno is a small city, and although there are many things to see and do, most visitors can explore the highlights in two to three days. Visitors who want to explore surrounding attractions, like Virginia City or Lake Tahoe, should plan to extend their stay by a few more days.


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