Las Vegas may be famous for its glitz and glamour, but some 300 miles northwest of Sin City lies a popular destination in its own right. Aptly dubbed “The Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno holds its own with a vibrant nightlife scene, a bevy of fine restaurants, and scores of casinos sure to please gaming novices and pros alike. Set at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, Reno is within a one-hour drive of such world-class ski destinations as Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Heavenly. What’s more, its close proximity to Pyramid Lake, the Truckee River and Lake Tahoe makes the city a major draw for travelers interested in outdoor recreation activities ranging from fishing to water-skiing to kayaking.
Places to do and things to see abound inside Reno’s 100 square miles. Take the Nevada Museum of Art – the only accredited art museum in the state of Nevada – which offers a broad range of art exhibitions for people of all ages to enjoy. Locals and visitors flock to the Wingfield Park Amphitheater for summer concerts and movie screenings; the park also hosts the well-attended Reno River Festival and the Artown Festival.
Just east of Reno in Sparks sits Victorian Square, a pedestrian-friendly district that’s popular for its restaurants, open-air events and hotels. Having just completed a $23 million renovation, John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino has an expansive arcade, 85,000-square-foot casino, celebrity showroom, health club and spa. Don’t miss the “Best in the West” Rib Cookoff that takes place here every summer. It features top-name entertainment and cooking teams from all across the country, and best of all, it’s free!
Arguably two of the best hot spots in town for drinks are housed in The Eldorado Hotel Casino in downtown Reno. Named “Best Brewpub in America” by Nightclub & Bar Magazine, The Brew Brothers offers eight custom microbrews and a creative menu that includes some of the meanest ribs and pizzas you’ll find anywhere. Also worth checking out is Roxy’s Bar & Lounge, whose 102 martinis and vast selection of wines (a whopping 350 to be exact) have earned it the prestigious DiRoNA award and the Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.”
Outside the property’s front doors, the annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival pays homage to the sights, sounds and tastes of Italy on Virginia Street. Head three miles south and you’ll be greeted by Atlantis Casino Resort Spa – a full-service resort that not only includes Reno’s only Concierge Tower, but also features a new Poker Room, Race & Sports Book, and spa complete with indoor and outdoor pools.
You can also venture to the National Automobile Museum, which has more than 200 vehicles on display; tee off at the Wolf Run Golf Club, one of Reno’s most celebrated golf courses; and bring out the adventure seeker in you at the Ultimate Rush Speed & Thrill Park, whose five acres encompass bumper cars, miniature golf and a 180-foot sky coaster.
There are endless reasons to stay and play in Reno. What are you waiting for to experience this great city for yourself?