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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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.
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.
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.