Nevada is famous for resorts, silver, gold, legal prostitution, nightclubs, casinos, wine and rich nightlife and a heaven for the party lovers. If there is a place to party in Nevada, apart of Las Vegas, then that Reno tops the list. Also known as “the City of Casinos”, Reno is located in northwestern part of Nevada and is county seat of Washoe County. It is the second largest city of Nevada and home of more casinos than you can imagine in a city. Reno started its journey in 1800s as a small community to serve travelers coming to Nevada but today it is ‘the Biggest Little City in the World’. There are almost 15 ski resorts, thousands of hiking trails, many lakes, 50 golf courses, fishing and boating spaces and famous Truckee River going through the center of Reno. Casino gambling was legalized here in 1931 and the boom period for casino community started right from then.
Reno has a slightly cold semi arid steppe climate just like deserts. The temperature varies from 11 degrees to 45 degrees around the year and a lot of fluctuation is seen in the temperature between day and night. Mixed snow and rainfall is seen during December to March and can continue for three four days in a row some times. Because of its altitude, 4400 feet above sea level, the climate has low humidity and summers are quite hot. The best time to visit Reno is from March to July.
How to get here?
Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is just 15 minutes away from Reno downtown and receives carriers from all around the US and other countries. Outside the airport it is easy to get to downtown by bike, cab, limo, rental car or public transportation. There is also the train service, AMTRAK, which daily runs between the Bay Area and Sacramento and other places. You can also come to Reno in car as Reno is connected to a lot of neighbor cities by highway.
Accommodation and Food
Every type of accommodation, hotels, motels, B&B, vacation rentals, boutiques, hostels is available in Reno and it is quite obvious because it remains crowded throughout the year by visitors. Some of the best options are Sands Regency in downtown Reno offering free parking, outdoor pool , spa, complimentary airport shuttle and more and Staybridge Suites with best prices. Other good options include Boomtown Casino & Hotel, Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Ramada Hotel & Casino, Hilton Garden Inn, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, Siena Hotel Spa Casino, Harrah’s Reno Hotel & Casino, Circus Circus, Grand Sierra Resort & Casino and more. In budget accommodation options, there is Ace Motor Lodge, Bonanza Inn, Carriage Inn, Crest Inn, Days Inn, Ross Manor, Pony Express Lodge, Quality Inn, Motel 6, Bruno’s County Club & Motel.
A city rich in casinos and nightlife has to offer a great cuisine too and Reno does just that. Mexican, American, Italian, Seafood, Sushi, Vegetarian or Delis, you just have to name it and there you go. 2 Guys from Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, located at South Virginia Street, offers great range of traditional and contemporary Chinese dishes with a great atmosphere and on the other hand, 2nd Street Express offers breakfast specialties, pastries, delicious salads, sandwiches, soups and gelato with light snacks. You can also find some good tastes at Top deck Restaurant, 4th Street Bistro, A&W, A Wild River Grille, Americana Cafe and some other good options.
University of Nevada
The University of Nevada is located at N Virginia Street in Reno and offers degrees in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. It was founded in 1874 and recognized as sole land grant institution for Nevada. Once you will enter the campus, you will see towering green trees and huge buildings. You will find everything from restaurants and cafes to sport shops and study spots. You can take the 90 minute walking tour with student ambassadors at anytime of the day.
Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
Silver Legacy Resort & Casino was opened in 1995 and it is not like just another casino. It also offers some additional amenities like Health Spa, Pool, Hair Salon, Concierge Services, Gift Cards, Shopping spots, Business meetings and more. The Casino at Silver Legacy is the main attraction as it is one of the best casinos in Reno with 85 table games and 1400 slot machines. You can also win some Legacy Star Rewards and become a part of Hottest Player’s Club here.
Don’t make assumptions just by reading the name, actually Circus Circus is also a hotel & casino located at N Sierra Street in Reno and is owned by MGM Resorts International. The resort has more than 1500 luxury rooms and suites giving an amazing view of Sierra Nevada Mountains and the skyline of the city. The Casino covers a total area of 65000 square foot and features a lot of promotions, Slot machines, table games, race and sports book, bar, lounge and poker rooms.
The Great Reno Balloon Race
The Great Reno Balloon Race is held every year in September, featuring hot air balloons racing at the Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno. The race was first held in 1982 with only 20 balloons and today more than 100 balloons fly together in the sky. More than 1.5 million people attend the event each year and this event has won many awards like Best Special Event in Northern Nevada.