Hire a horse and ride out in...
Hire a horse and ride out in the Sierra Nevadas. The scenery is incredible, and you can see so much more off the beaten track on horseback. So many!
Dinner at the Atlantis restaurant.
The view from the top of the Flamingo Hilton.
Playing Cowgirl in the desert!
Driving along the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Playing 'Chicken in the Pot' at Circus Circus! ...Miles, the expert chicken basher, taught me all I know, and I am now the proud owner of an officially retired Circus Circus vinyl chicken! Happy memories indeed!
I miss the scenery, the food, the casinos, the weather, wienerschnitzels and root beer! ...I'll be back soon M!
Gamble, see Tahoe, Virginia...
Gamble, see Tahoe, Virginia City, July - ArTown, go to Hot August Night events (50s, 60s, 70s event), September - Balloon Races, Air Races, Virginia City Camel races, for more events try PlayReno.com Great weather, small city, big entertainment, year round recreation activities and events, and for those who have visions of rolling in money, gambling!
reno is host to various weekly festivals and when we were there, it was the Italian Festival that we saw. They close virginia street on sundays of the festival while on weekdays, it stays on the lot near the reno sign and the El Dorado Hotel. these kind of weekly festivals are calculated to be a come on and added atrraction to go to reno since the indian reservation casinos in california are hauling out a huge chunk of the regulars from the Bay Area and Central Valley areas of California. Time will tell if these festival can pull back the regulars. this italian festival is what else, magnifico, you can see the assortment of italian cuisine from all the regions of italy from north to south and they offer everything from pastas, antipasti, osso bucco, risotto, pizza, italian wines and a lot more that you will have your tummy bulging after engorging these wondrous italian delights hehehe. the prices are cheap too like buying a carbonara here cost only $ 8 and a slice of pizza at $ 3 but the servings are a little less than the usual.
National Championship Air Races
The National Championship Air Races is an annual event that is held at Stead Field just outside of Reno. It is the largest event in Reno and typically attracts about 100,000 spectators. The races typically occur in mid September. Races of various types of aircraft are intermingled with stunt shows and other aerial demonstrations.
The races are typically held on Thursday through Sunday, with a few days preceding the actual event taken up by trials to see what planes and pilots qualify for the races. Several classifications of aircraft are flown. These include Formula 1 (small single engine experimental aircraft), bi-planes, AT-6 (World War II Era American training airplanes), jets (a relatively new addition to the races), and the Unlimiteds. For each class, there are gold, silver, and bronze races. The fastest planes in each category compete in the respective gold race.
The Unlimiteds are the main attraction. These are single engine piston aircraft that are typically modified World War II fighters. P-51 Mustangs are well represented in these races. Bearcats have also performed well. A variety other types of old warbirds can be seen. A few new experimental designs have been entered into these races as well.
The airplanes race around pylons. There is a straight away right in front of the bleachers. The first pylon is just beyond the spectators area and the planes will turn and head to a loop well away from the audience, but still visible. The planes fly very close to the ground at about fifty feet in the air. The Unlimiteds tend to fly about 400 mph and sometimes exceed 500 mph.
A group of planes flying at 400 mph right past you can be exciting. You can hear the roar of the old radial or inline engines as the planes scream by. Occasionally, someone might blow and engine and smoke will emit from the wounded aircraft as it makes its way back to for an emergency landing.
The stunt performers are often among the best in the business. Their acts occur between the scheduled races to keep near constant action throughout the day. Soloists, precision formation flying, military demonstrations, and wing walkers are among the typical performances.
Air racing is dangerous business and there have, over the years, been fatalities for both racers and stunt performers.
Keep in mind that this event is held out in an exposed airfield in a desert environment. If you go, be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, a good hat, and even a jacket as a wind could pick up especially later in the day. I even attended one day of racing when there was some intermittent rain. The Air Races are an enjoyable event. Be sure to book a room well enough in advance as this is a popular event and the hotels fill up.
Highway 341 to Virginia City
Heading south toward Virginia City, take Highway 395 south from Reno (it's called S. Virginia St). It merges with a four-lane highway. Take the 341 turnoff, and follow it into the mountains. Up there is a fine view of Reno and the surrounding valley. It's worth seeing if you're on your way to Virginia City.