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    Carson City

    The capital of Nevada rests between the mighty Sierra and beautiful, expansive rolling desert hills. It is historic and perfect for outdoor activities, where you can play some of the area's best golf courses, hike scenic trails, or visit the local museums and great restaurants. Just a few miles south of Carson City is the historic town of Genoa, Nevada's first recorded permanent settlement. It's named...  Read more »

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    The Virginia Street corridor is the center of activity for not only gambling, but special events as well. The bright lights of the casinos and the famous Reno Arch declaring "The Biggest Little City In The World," greet visitors as they enter downtown. The boisterous casinos have been the main attraction along the Truckee River for decades. The Club Cal-Neva Hotel Casino has been around since 1948, and...  Read more »

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    MidTown Reno

    Best Known For...

    • MidTown is known for its new businesses that are being set up in older buildings, some of which have been neglected for years. The community is responding with their reviews of the hip restaurants and hangouts and for a variety of events such as wine and art walks.

    • MidTown has some fun places to go shopping including Junkee Clothing Exchange and its sister antique store, the Melting Pot, Zephyr Books, Sundance Books and the popular Craft wine and beer shop. Another great place for local art is Pickled Tink and The Isles where you can purchase work from local artists.

    • MidTown has also become one of the top places for locals to go for weekday lunches or weekend brunches. The popular MidTown Eats, Süp, Rose's Café or India Kabab & Curry are popular and affordable places to get sandwiches or burgers, soup or India buffet. For dinner, locals choose the classy LuLou's, Miguel's Mexican or Bangkok Cuisine.

    • It's seems like MidTown street art is sprouting up everywhere. Blank walls are becoming canvases for local spray paint artists as well as fine artists who capture Reno's funk and art culture. If you walk through MidTown, technically along Virginia Street, Center Street and south of Liberty Avenue, north of Mt. Rose Street, east of Humboldt Avenue and west of Holcomb Avenue, you will find colorful wall art on nearly every corner.

    • Many Reno locals are comfortable calling on MidTown bars for their evening fun. The Chapel Tavern is a laid back, small place for a game of pool or a chat with locals, Ceol Irish Pub is larger and has a loyal following as well as weekly trivia nights and the Craft is your one-stop shop for excellent wines, craft beers and a stylish bar and special beer and wine events.

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    Reno Arts District

    Best Known For...

    • This neighborhood is known mostly for being the central area of Artown Festival, which takes place each year during the entire month of July. This festival is full of special events, concerts, dances, artist shows and events for children and families. The rest of the year, the Arts District has a nice selection of restaurants, shops, bars, parks, movie and performance theaters, a river walking and biking path and the very popular Truckee River Whitewater Park.

    • The Reno Arts District is also home to some of the best museums in the area including the award-winning Nevada Museum of Art which houses fine and modern art from around the world as well as local exhibits. The NMA also has a great restaurant and space for special events and weddings. Another museum is the bright and fun Nevada Discovery Museum which is wonderful for families and children all year long. Right by the river is the National Automobile Museum which houses one of the largest classic car collections in the world.

    • Many locals come to this area of downtown to enjoy some of the best parks in Reno. Wingfield Park is located on an island in the middle of the Truckee River and is where most of the Artown events take place. Other parks along the river include Idlewild Park, Christy Caughlin Park and Oxbow Park. Oxbow is a little farther west of downtown, but has a great nature center and walking paths.

    • The bars and taverns of the Reno Arts District attract a large amount of people all year long. Bars like the River Room and the El Cortez are classical Reno, while the Sierra Taphouse (with its weekly trivia nights) and the Imperial are popular with the hipsters. The West Street Wine bar in the West Street Market is a nice, relaxed place to get a great bottle of wine and watch the summer festivities. Once a month, the Arts District holds their Reno Wine Walk, where you can buy a wine glass and a map and wander the streets and businesses sampling wines and appetizers.

    • The Arts District restaurants are some of the best in town. Try some excellent French food and wine at the Beaujolais Bistro or some steak and seafood on the front deck at the Wild River Grille. Campo has a popular menu of wood fired pizza and classic Italian and the locally loved Java Jungle and Jungle Vino serve up great coffee, baked goods and appetizers as well as wine.

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    Although Sparks looks like it's part of Reno, this is a separate, thriving city. Founded in 1904, it served as maintenance facilities for the Central Pacific Railroad. Named for then-governor John Sparks, the city has come a long way in establishing itself as not only a great place to visit but to live. The Sparks Heritage Museum displays artifacts relating to the beginnings of the town that is sometimes...  Read more »

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    Truckee was named after a Paiute chief who was a guide for John C. Frémont and the grandfather of the famous Sarah Winnemucca. This small town has seen some of the most important events in the history of the Sierras including the tragedy of the Donner Party, the Emigrant Trail and the growth of the Transcontinental Railroad. Truckee is known to have some of the coldest winter temperatures in the Tahoe...  Read more »

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    Virginia City

    One of the most historic towns of the Comstock era, where Mark Twain worked and many found their fortune in gold and silver mines. The town looks much as it did a century and a half ago, with old time saloons, gift shops, restaurants and rickety wooden sidewalks. Each summer and fall this tiny town is hopping with the annual Camel Races, Street Vibrations motorcycle rally and Halloween ghost tours. You...  Read more »