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Grand Sierra Resort

This is Reno's largest hotel/casino, located just up Terminal Way from the airport. It features a set of high-end luxury condos (starting at $245k and up to $1.1M) which can be rented separately from the hotel through Reno Luxury Resort or Indy's Hotel Condos at Grand Sierra Resort. The Hotel features a pool and nightclub that was operated by Nikki Beach, and many decently appointed standard guest rooms. You will find a whole host of dining options including a Charlie Palmer Steak, Dolce Enoteca e Ristorante, and a shoppiing mall, movie theater, seasonal swimming pool, video arcade, bowling alley and more. Well served by the #14 bus, though driving or taking a cab is recommended.

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Reno National Championship Air Races

Held every September just north of Reno, the National Championship Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Each year, the event draws 200,000 visitors to the Reno-Stead Airport, attracting more than 86,000 unique fans. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations.''Note: The Reno-Stead Airport is a small regional airport located about 10 miles north of Reno. This airport has nothing to do with the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the main commercial airport for the Reno-Tahoe area.''

LEX Nightclub

LEX Nightclub – an unprecedented nightlife venue – is the premier nightclub in northern Nevada, rivaling the country's top nightlife venues in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. At an impressive 25,000 square feet, LEX features three full bars, 33 VIP tables and a bevy of deluxe amenities to create the experience of a lifetime. The more than $16 million nightclub also features nine intricate skylights, a $2 million lighting system and an adult indoor pool partially covered by a glass dance floor, creating the illusion of dancing on water.

John Ascuaga's Nugget

This is a big hotel-casino/resort located in Sparks' Victorian Square only minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. It features a great coffee shop, Rosie's Café, as well as the upscale Basque-themed Restaurante Orozko, Trader Dick's Polynesian restaurant, The Steakhouse Grill, John's Oyster Bar, the newly remodeled Rotisserie Buffet, Gabe's Pub & Deli, and Starbucks Coffee. Also regular live, weekly music performances from local and national touring acts. Buffet is good at 7/10 but price is average at $13.

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Silver Legacy

This is the newest hotel/casino to be constructed in Reno, and was completed in 1995. It includes a cheesy "mint press" "churning out" souvenir coins as well as numerous dining options including several lounges, an oyster bar, a steakhouse, coffeeshop, rum bar with dueling pianos, and more. Owned through a joint venture by Gary Carano of the Eldorado and Circus Circus corp. Buffet is about a 6/10 scale for quality. 4/10 scale for price ($20 pp).

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Connected to Silver Legacy via skywalks, the Eldorado is a pink neon masterpiece featuring a variety of dining options including the world cuisine Tivoli Gardens café, The Brew Brothers brewpub (with live music on Friday and Saturday nights), a steakhouse, seafood restaurant, La Strada Italian Restaurant, and more. Buffet is one of the better values in Reno, 8/10 scale for quality and hotness, 8/10 scale for price ($13 pp).

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Wingfield Park

Located along the Truckee River just a few blocks from the casino core, Wingfield Park features an amphitheater with regular performances during the summer months, a kayak park open year round, and many pleasant spots to sit and watch the world go by any day of the week, at pretty much any time of the day. Home of annual events the Reno River Festival, held in May, and the Artown Festival, July 1–31.

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Downtown Reno Library

Reno's library was designed by an architect who wanted to set it in a park. There was not enough land available for both a park and a library, so he brought the park inside the building. This library is an excellent example of inspired architecture from the 60s that actually stands the test of time and is worth a visit just to see the innovative treatment of the periodicals section in the basement.


This tropical themed casino resort features a variety of dining options including a pizza café with a real Italian pizza oven, a good buffet, and steakhouse. Located across the street from the convention center, south of downtown. Well served by the #1 bus. Buffet is one of the best in Reno in price vs quality. ($ 13)

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Reno Nugget

Not to be confused with John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks, the Reno Nugget is a tiny casino on Virginia Street and features a great bar with strong drinks as well as a classic "greasy spoon" diner serving up the famous "Awful Awful" burger, which is a rather large burger served with a monstrous basket of seasoned fries.

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Nevada State Fair

On March 8th, 2011, The Board of Directors for the Nevada State Fair came to a difficult decision. Sadly, for the first time since the fair's 1874 opening, there will not be a Nevada State Fair in 2011, ending a 136 year run that established the Nevada State Fair as the longest running event in 'The Silver State'.

SEE   —  1350 North Wells Ave

University of Nevada, Reno

An ideal location for a pleasant stroll, the layout of the University campus was inspired by Jefferson's University of Virginia. Visitors will find a parklike setting with a variety of architectural styles, and the Fleischmann Planetarium. Guided walking tours are available by reservation at 775-784-4700.

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Harrah's Reno

Reno is the birthplace of Harrah's, and the Reno location features all the usual amenities to be found at Harrah's properties, and also includes a martini bar and an Asian noodle restaurant. Harrah's Steakhouse is reportedly quite a highbrow affair. Good buffet at 8/10, price is about $15.

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Rancho San Rafael Park

A few blocks west of the north end of the University, this 570-acre county park is home to the Arboretum, as well as the Wilbur D. May Museum and the Great Basin Adventure children's attraction (seasonal). This is the home of the Reno Balloon Races, held in late summer/early fall annually.

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If you've been to Vegas and seen the Peppermill on The Strip, you might just have to do a double-take when viewing Reno's Peppermill. This is a large, well-appointed hotel/casino, with all the dining and entertainment options you would expect. South of downtown, well served by the #1 bus.

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Idlewild Park

A nice stroll from downtown along Riverside Drive, Idlewild Park features Reno's Municipal Rose Garden, as well as a seasonal kiddie park, a driving range (the exercise kind, not the golf kind), a skate park, and various walking trails. Located on the south bank of the Truckee River.

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Nevada Museum of Art

The current Nevada Museum of Art building was designed by Will Bruder and opened in 2003. It plays host to national and international touring exhibits in addition to smaller exhibits of regional significance. It is the only accredited art museum in Nevada.

Circus Circus

Connected to Silver Legacy via skywalks. While this casino does not come highly recommended for its dining options, its Circus acts and midway arcade are great attractions for families so if you're traveling with children, they should not be missed.

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Lake Views on one side (you're literally skiing above the casinos at the south end of the lake) and the desert valleys and pow pow on the other side. Huge amount of terrain and claims to have the West's largest snowmaking system for those dry years.

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Club Cal*Neva

The last downtown casino to be covered here, this property features affordable gambling of all types and a variety of cheap dining options. This is the classic "Reno-style" casino and should not be missed, especially for those who like to gamble.

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Victorian Sq

This is the center of downtown Sparks and features casinos, restaurants, a movie theater, and several redevelopment projects currently under construction. Home to the "Best in the West" Rib Cookoff every summer.

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Diamond Peak

Ski right above Lake Tahoe on a well laid-out network of runs. They have carpetloader lifts, so be prepared for a strange boarding experience. Small resort, family-friendly.

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Mt Rose

This resort is at elevation 8200 and has a great layout and an impressive array of terrain for its no more than 1500 of rise off the base. Good powder here.

DO   —  Mount Rose Highway

S Wells Ave

A local neighborhood with a decidedly Latino flavor, this neighborhood features unique shopping and dining and generally winds down in early evening hours.

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Reno is Artown

Artown brings distinguished artists from around the world to Reno each July for music, arts and theater performances throughout the Reno area.

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California Ave

This area of small shops and restaurants is located a short walk from the downtown casino core and provides a pleasant setting for a meal.

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Comfort Inn & Suites Reno Airport

The Comfort Inn & Suites at the Reno - Tahoe International is conveniently located one quarter mile from the Reno Airport.

Squaw Valley

This legendary resort is home of the legendary KT22 and hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics.

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Island Buffet

Comes up high on a google search for "Best breakfast in Reno", and is really fantastic.

Sugar Bowl

Two base areas with a little village in between and an extensive network of terrain.

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The Depo

Craft brewery/distillery and restaurant with 6 different beers 4 kinds of spirits.

DRINK   —  +1 775 737-4330 —  325 E 4th St

Jim Kelley's Nugget Diner

Home of the ''Awful Awful'', one of the best burgers in the state.

Whittlesea - Checker Taxi

Radio dispatched to insure prompt service.

OTHER   —  +1 775 322-2222 —  Map

National Automobile Museum

Same day re-entry with receipt.

SEE   —  +1 775 333-9300 —  10 S Lake St

Street Vibrations

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Reno Rodeo

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Yellow Cab

OTHER   —  +1 775 355-5555 —  Map


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Sierra Tap House

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Flowing Tide Pub

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About Reno

Reno is steeped in a rich, diverse, and rugged history. This is where the historic Johnson-Jeffries fight happened. This is where Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable made "the Misfits" in 1961. It is where the railroad tumbles down out of the mountains from California to cross the Truckee River and begin the long journey east. It's difficult to walk the streets of Reno without seeing the history in this dynamic city.

Most Renoites consider the start of it all to be 1859, when Charles Fuller built a log bridge across the Truckee River and started charging to cross over it on the way to the Gold Rush in California or coming back to Nevada for the "Washoe Rush" in Virginia City. Fuller set up shelter for weary travelers to rest. He served meals at a price, and created an opportunity for prospectors to exchange stories and information.

The town site of Reno, named after Civil War General Jesse Reno, was established on May 13, 1868.

Since its beginning, Reno has spread across much of the Truckee Meadows. Reno and Sparks (a smaller adjacent city) now spread across this small valley separating the Sierra Nevada mountains to the West and Nevada's expansive desert areas to the East.

The profiteering characteristic of the founders may have occasionally plagued the course of Reno's subsequent generations. Some Renoites claim Nevadans are simply of a freer nature. Others think the city has repeated the steps of the goldrush era founders. Certainly, the choices made today are what will determine the true nature of the community. Regardless, Reno enjoys a pretty decent quality of life with four seasons, winter and summer fun, a major university, and plenty of other entertainment.

Reno is in Northwestern Nevada, at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and serves as the urban center for a region including nearby Carson City and the Carson Valley, Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake, and historic mining town Virginia City, home of the Comstock Lode. Along with the city of Sparks, Reno is located in the Truckee Meadows, and together they form the Reno-Sparks Metropolitan Area.

Competition in the last years of the 20th century slowed down the gambling business in Reno considerably. Given that its downtown centered around these activities for a good 50 years, the same downtown suffered. Downtown today has weathered the storm, and is improving with projects like a baseball and entertainment district and several condo projects that were completed despite economic slowdown. Growth in the area has continued due to its livability. Reno is working hard to build a different kind of city for a greater variety of tastes, and keeping that in mind will help the visitor see the town through the right kind of eyes.

Source: wikivoyage