Things to do in Reno, NV
Get Your Bearings in Reno
Avoid: The Downtown Reno area just below the Arch is slowly bringing in more business, but avoid the tacky souvenir shops that are still there.
Hot Tips: Reno is about 30 minutes away from Lake Tahoe and that area's sports and summer activities.
Avoid: The small, weekly motels off the main strip in Downtown Reno.
Take It or Leave It: Reno also has a great selection of Airbnbs, but very few bed & breakfast options.
Hot Tips: The Downtown Reno area is small and it's easy to walk around.
Caution: Not all of Reno's buffets are great. Stick with the best options at the Eldorado and Silver Legacy.
Hot Tips: Nearly all of Reno's sushi restaurants are all-you-can-eat and is one of the only cities in the nation to do this.
Be Sure to Sample: Reno's Awful Awful Burger at the Golden Nugget has become
Caution: 4th Street is cleaning up its act as the city's new Distillery District, but it is still a rougher part of town.
Hot Tips: Nearly every month, Reno has either a wine walk or a beer crawl. For just a few dollars, you can get a glass or cup and wander from bar to bar until you can't wander anymore.
Avoid: Avoid the overpriced and more tacky souvenir shops located on Virginia Street near the Reno Arch.
Hot Tips: Want to experience Burning Man without buying tickets? Check out Melting Pot World Emporium for costumes and desert gear.
Best Local Souvenir: Pick up Nevada-themed clothing, hats and gear featuring original artwork at Reno eNVy in Downtown.
Things to do in Reno
Reno is known for...
Each July, Reno hosts a month-long arts festival that features over 400 events, most of them free. Nationally and internationally known artists, musicians, musical groups, dancers and theater troupes come to Reno just for the event and thousands of visitors come from all over to watch shows, paint, dance, create art and celebrate this world renowned event. In the past, Artown has presented performances from Yo-Yo Ma, Joan Baez, Pink Martini, Marcel Marceau and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
2. The Awful Awful Burger:
This half pound of fresh beef, lettuce, tomato, onion and special sauce with an onion bun and a basket of fries has put Reno and the Little Nugget on the foodie map. The infamous burger was featured on the Travel Channel's "Food Wars"...and it won! Visitors to Reno and this this hole-in-the-wall diner come just to sink their teeth into this heaven on a plate. Other versions of the burger can be enjoyed at Rosie's Cafe at the Nugget in Sparks or at the Wolf Den near the University of Nevada, Reno.
3. The Reno Arch:
The Biggest Little City in the World's most famous landmark is the Reno Arch, located downtown on Virginia Street. The famous lighted arch went up in 1926 to celebrate the completion of the Transcontinental Highway. In 1929, the famous motto was decided in a contest put on by the city. The latest arch was put up in 1987 and in 2009 was fitted with highly energy efficient 2.5 watt LED bulbs. The old incandescent bulbs were given away to spectators to commemorate the event. The Old Reno Arch from 1964 is now up by the National Automobile Museum on Lake Street. The Reno Arch is one of the most photographed structures in the world.
4. Fun Events:
Thousands of visitors visit the Reno area each year for nationally known events such as Artown, the Great Reno Balloon Race, Burning Man, the Reno Air Races, Hot August Nights, Street Vibrations and the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff. Other fun events include the Truckee River Festival where kayakers and other paddlers compete at the Whitewater Park which is located on the Truckee River in downtown Reno, the Camel and Outhouse Races in Virginia City, and the Reno Aces games at the brand new Aces stadium downtown.
5. Beautiful Scenery:
Most visitors to the Reno area are surprised to see how beautiful the location is. Reno is surrounded by mountains: on one side is the Tahoe Range which is full of alpine lakes, pine trees, rivers and wildflower meadows; the other side is the Virginia Range which has high desert plants and trees like sagebrush and piñion pine and access to the low Nevada desert and wetlands. Most days in Reno are sunny the sky is blue, blue, blue.