Reno Travel Guide

  • Nevada Historical Museum
    Nevada Historical Museum
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    Nevada Art Museum
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  • Virginia Street, downtown Reno
    Virginia Street, downtown Reno
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Reno Things to Do

  • National Automobile Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The National Automobile Museum is the sum of the original Harrah's Auto Museum that once had over 1,400 cars and is probably one of the top attractions in Reno...and for good reasons. It is also ranked in the top auto museums worldwide and it offficially opened in 1989 I have to the museum many times while living in Reno as it hosted many events...

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  • Peppermill Casino

    It's a 24-hour world of gaming excitement, from the shimmering chandeliers and vibrant lighting to the lush, tropical alcoves & hideaways. **** GREAT NEON SIGNS EVERYWHERE **** We were welcomed by friendly employees, free live music nightly and sizzling casino action. They have everything from table games, the lastest and most popular slots,...

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  • Lake Tahoe

    Surrounded by mountains, the present day lake sits in a valley at an elevation of 6,229 feet. It is the highest lake of its size in the United States. It is the third deepest lake in North America and the tenth deepest lake in the world. Lake Tahoe is 22 miles in length and 12 miles in width and covers a surface area of 191 square miles. The...

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Reno Hotels

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Reno Restaurants

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  • Great Crepe!

    Crepes were very good and prices were reasonable. Restaurant is very clean, new looking. Cappuccino was very good as well as Chai latte. Side salad should be avoided at all costs, really nothing more than a chunk of iceberg lettuce w/small amount of cabbage shavings in it. Staff was polite and amiable. I would return if in the area. Try the...

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  • Great English Pub Food in Reno!!

    This has to be our new favorite restaurant in Reno. Ambiance is great with an aviation theme, a bit noisy on a Friday evening with a large crowd but that only adds to the enjoyment.. Staff is very, very friendly and cheerful, and makes a point of welcoming you to their establishment. Service is excellent, Chef is from Wimbledon. Portions are large,...

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  • Possibly the best Cappuccino in Reno?

    I sure most will agree with me that Reno has never been a city to be considered on the cutting edge of the Espresso culture. Still, I have always found it a bit odd that I have never been able to find a Cappuccino that was anything even more than mediocre - until Aroma Club. Aroma Club has classic Italian (1/3, 1/3, 1/3) caps at very reasonable...

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Reno Nightlife

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  • E.J's Jazz Cafe

    This is a first-rate jazz club. Reno is rather small, so I didn't expect to find one here. This club features live music, Tuesday through Saturday, by good local musicians. No real big-name touring acts perform here, but the local musicians are terrific. It's also a pleasant setting right on the south side of the Truckee River. Smart casual. Not...

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  • The Lear Theater

    The Theater Coalition provides live theater in Reno. The Lear Theater is named for one of its early benefactors (not Shakespeare's King Lear, as I thought). Built in 1938, it's currently being renovated and prepared for future performances. It will have 425 seats. Donations are needed.

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  • Community theatre / musicals in downtown...

    If you enjoy live theater then you're in for a treat at Reno's Riverfront Theatre. For community theater, the caliber of acting, singing and direction is superb. Their selection of shows has been wholesome and delightful. If you can manage to attend one of their performances, you will have a fond memory of your visit to Reno.Even though the setting...

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Reno Transportation

  • RTC Ride and RTC Rapid

    RTC transit services are inconvenient use on nights and weekends. By that time, most of the routes are running hourly with only a few routes running every half hour. During the day, RTC is tolerable to get around if you don't want to drive. It is possible to go from the Atlantis or Peppermill all the way to downtown. Rapid is reliable and runs...

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  • Donner Pass

    All really good advice. I'd just like to add that it's important to bring a winter survival kit with food, blankets, a thermos of hot coffee and anything else you normally use in the course of a day. When Max chain law is in effect on Donner it's best to check the weather and decide whether it is even worth making the attempt. They can close the...

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  • Side Trip to Tahoe

    Taken from a forum post regarding a day-trip to Tahoe without renting a car:~~~~~I grew up on the north shore of Tahoe, Incline Village to be exact. If you don't have a car and you want to spend a couple hours up at the Lake, you really will not see much since you will spend most of your time in transit.There was many years ago, a Hyatt shuttle...

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  • River Sundries!

    If make it to Reno, make sure you explore the beautiful Riverwalk located along the Truckee River corridor. All kinds of cafes and bars, but plenty of gifts shops. All are located near downtown casino-hotels and Wingfield Park. Summertime is the best because its during the summer months the amphitheater plays host to free concerts and festivals.The...

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  • For When You Need Some Basics

    A lot of visitors to Reno never venture beyond the casinos in downtown Reno, especially those who do not have a car. So travelers may wonder where they can get a few basic necessities. A Walgreens drug store is located on Virginia Street within walking distance of the casinos on the Circus Circus end of the strip. This is a 24 hour store complete...

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  • A Cheaper Way!

    Walgreens Drug Store is perched above Interstate 80 on Virginia Street. And is within walking distance of the downtown casino's. This means if you forget your toothbrush or other needed items you do not have to pay gift shop prices for them. Walgreens is also a well known pharmacy chain and if you have trouble with a prescription getting lost or...

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Reno Local Customs

  • 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...

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  • Dancing in Daylight

    In my last visit to Reno, we passed by Harrahs and there was a band playing outside. There's an open area infront of the stage where people can enjoy the music and dance. It's a relaxing and carefree atmosphere...

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  • Ride an art car!

    The Burning Man organization gives special permits to some people to create "Art" cars, buses and vechicles. Many people build them simply to share the enjoyment with others. So make a friend and hop on for the ride. A great way to see the desert!

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Reno Warnings and Dangers

  • Smoke, Smoke, and Smoke

    Smoking is allowed in most areas of casinos. Despite the efforts of the ventilation systems, a heavy cloud of smoke lingers in the casinos' air worse than smog will over a major city in summer. After a short visit in a casino, the smell of smoke will stay with your clothes, hair, and skin and you may feel like a human ash trey. The voters of Nevada...

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  • Altitude

    Although located on a desert and seeming flat plain, Reno is located at a relatively high elevation of nearly 5,000 feet above sea level. It is also a 24 hour town with alcohol often flowing freely. Some people do experience some unexpected respiratory and other health issues caused by combining the high elevation with lack of sleep and over...

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  • Reno, Nevada--some misconceptions

    1. Prostitution is NOT LEGAL in Reno or in Washoe County where Reno lies. Any solicitation will result in an arrest. Prostitution IS LEGAL in Storey County which lies about 10 miles east of Reno south of Interstate 80.2. Drinks may be free in the casinos but can cost you a lot if you drive later. There is an old saying "Come to Nevada on vacation,...

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Reno Tourist Traps

  • Throwing your money away

    We all spend enough money in the casinos. If you want souvenirs buy them along the strip at the various little shops along Virginia Street. You'll find the same things that the hotel gift shops have only less expensive.

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  • Renting RV Campers in Reno- Avoid it!

    If you must rent a RV for the festival, do no rent it in Reno or you will pay a very high price. For example, one year friends and I rented and RV for a week in a town called Stockton which is on the way from San Francisco to Reno. We paid $800 to rent the RV for a week from a company called www.rvamerica.com. Last year I met a man from the east...

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  • Bringing Home Gifts

    I got these at a casino's gift shop because I thought they were colorful keychains and they reminded me of the publisher I work with. Sadly one fell off the chain and one of my truck keys is bootless now. I got these for a substantial discount, but I was standing in line behind someone that spent $300 (not kidding) for one junky gift for every...

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Reno What to Pack

  • Bring a Watch

    It is nearly impossible to find a clock in a casino. Casinos never close and their management does not want you to realize how long you have been in there or that it is time to go to bed. In fact, you usually can not even tell if it is night or day outside. Carry a watch so you don’t loose track of time. A watch will help you from gambling way...

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  • Visiting During Hot August Nights?

    Don't forget your shades, your hat with visor... Lots of sunblock... And, a water bottle will come in handy.

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Reno Off The Beaten Path

  • Hike to the "N"

    The University of Nevada students have a huge letter in on the side of a hill on the NW side of Reno. Is was made of rocks painted white and is visible from the air as well as from the highway. It is a nice, moderately strenuous hike that provides awesome views of the city skyline. We began at Evans Creek/Canyon trail and worked out way up to the...

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  • Old Reno Arch

    The Reno "Biggest Little City in the World" Arch on Virginia Street is not the original one. The Reno arch was replaced years ago with the more modern arch that spans Virginia Street today. However, the old arch is still around. It was relocated to South Lake Street in front of the Sienna Hotel and Casino. This historic arch stands as a remembrance...

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  • Stand on two state lines at once.

    The Cal Nevada Casino at North Lake Tahoe features the state line separating California and Nevada running through the parking lot, the lobby area, and the pool.The casino of course is only on the Nevada side and there is no agricultural inspection station for 20 miles.

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Reno Sports & Outdoors

  • Take a Hike

    Reno is surrounded by mountains and wilderness much of it easily accesible from town. I did some hiking in Huffaker Hills Open Space Park just south of the Airport.

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  • Hiking in/near Reno

    Having grown up in Tahoe, I will attest to the fact that it is a wonderful place to go hiking, biking etc.There are countless trails down in the Reno valley, but for the good scenery, head up to the lake.I will recommend any of those below, but please view any of my other pages for the Lake's towns for more details:Tahoe Rim Trail - completely...

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  • Jan 2005 - We Had Winter

    Many people travel to Reno/Tahoe for the winter sports. But for those of us who live here, we had a real, honest to goodness winter in early 2005. This snow stuck around for months.

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  • Rest Stops

    Crossing the Sierra Nevada on I-80 they have rest areas on either side. This one is off of I-80 East side, which crosses Donner Summit (Euer Saddle) at 7,239 feet elevation.Here is a link to know which rest stops are openREST AREAS

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  • Can You Win at Poker?

    Poker is a game of skill. In the casino environment, poker players play against each other and the house only takes a fee, or rake, out of each pot. Often this rake is 5 or 10 percent of each pot with a cap of some specified dollar amount placed on how much can be taken out of a single pot. The better players will defeat the less skilled over the...

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  • Festivals

    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...

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