Dazzle under the bright lights of the Reno Arch. Wander Riverwalk. Nap in a park. Kayak the lazy Truckee River right through downtown. Exciting casino resorts. Dance clubs. Nights on the town are legendary. Starry skies, beautiful parks, fascinating wildlife. Rich in culture, opera to rock. Yes Reno rocks.
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It’s no surprise that Reno calls itself “The Biggest Little City in the World.” For a small city, it plays big. Reno is famous for gaming and nightlife. The Truckee River runs right through the middle of downtown, creating the Riverwalk District, featured in Travel & Leisure as one of America’s Coolest Riverwalks. Reno’s Riverwalk celebrates the city’s rich history and culture with eight distinct parks, plazas, shops, restaurants, museums, the oldest churches and monuments.
The Truckee River is the centerpiece of Reno. It starts 121 miles north at Lake Tahoe and winds its way through the Sierra Nevada Mountains before pushing its way right through the center of downtown. The Truckee Whitewater Park offers a great way to experience the river. There are several drops, waterfalls and holes to paddle in, and the park has viewing platforms and bridges to watch the kayakers.
Reno has 86 parks in and around the city, and features over 140 miles of trails for hiking and biking. Two popular choices include Idlewild Park and Galenda Creek Regional Park.
Also a highlight of downtown is the Reno Arch, which illuminates the night sky with 2,076 incandescent light bulbs. It towers over the entertainment district at Virginia Street and Commercial Row. The landmark is beloved by its city, having been moved about the city three times since its creation in 1926.
Downtown Reno continues to flourish while other areas of the city have much to offer as well. The Reno Arts District and the Truckee River areas are great places to go dine, shop, and join friends for cocktails at one of many popular lounges or night clubs. Reno’s casino resorts also earn a lion share of the night scene with unique resort lounges and dance clubs. Go fancy to Roxy’s Bar and Lounge at the Eldorado, or go downtown for live music at the Knitting Factory, or the River Room. Reno also features a popular monthly wine walk and beer crawl.
The Midtown District with its stylish mature neighborhoods is undergoing an urban renewal. Unique events are now presented throughout the year making Midtown the place to be for good times with friends.
Reno has diverse offerings for culture and art with many interesting museums that range from fine art and history to automobiles and sports. The Nevada Museum of Art is considered one of the state’s finest art museums. The Nevada State Historical Museum, founded in 1904, showcases artifacts from prehistoric times to present, and depicts the tale of Nevada’s role in gold and silver mining. The National Automobile Museum features vintage cars going as far back as the 1890s. The museum has auto-themed art collections and offers an excellent educational program for children.
For premier performing arts, Reno has The Pioneer Center, with a wide array of performing artists from opera to ballet and rock. The Reno Events Center, Sierra Arts and many other venues host concerts, art events, plays and shows.
For the nature enthusiast, the Wilbur D. Day Museum, Arboretum, and Botanical Garden is a living museum offering picnic meadows, hidden coves, creek side trails, and unique flowers and rare plants from around the world. Animal Ark is a wildlife sanctuary located just outside the city. It rescues and cares for bears, wolves, cheetahs, tortoises and other wildlife. You can learn about constellations in the Sky Dome Theatre at the Fleischmann Planetarium, located at the University of Nevada.
Reno’s resort hotels and casinos add glitz and glamour to this little big city as well as world-class family entertainment. The Circus Circus Mezzanine Arcade features video amusement, circus acts and carnival rides.
With tourism, technology and gaming as Reno’s top industries, there is no doubt the city offers exciting options to work and play. Live in a rental home in town or just outside of town, and you’ll never be far from the action.