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RenoUnited States of America

Built on the fortunes of ranching, mining and gambling, Reno has matured into a cultivated city and a gateway for adventure sports.

Emblazoned across a street in downtown Reno are the famous words “The Biggest Little City in the World.” The slogan was coined in 1929, but it’s still an apt description of this desert city, which has outgrown its reputation as a gambling hot spot and come of age. With cultural, dining and retail precincts continually expanding, Reno is enjoying an urban renaissance.

As well as slot machines, Reno has many family-friendly attractions, such as museums, animal parks and a science center. Cafés, restaurants and galleries line the streets in the Truckee River Arts District and one of the world’s more impressive displays of cars is at the National Automobile Museum.

Sitting high in the desert, in the shadows of the snow-peaked Nevada Mountains, Reno is also a gateway to outdoor adventure. There are 18 ski resorts close by, including the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. In summer, locals pack their deck chairs, kayaks and fishing gear and head to Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River. Even closer to the city, Sparks Marina Park and Wild Island Family Adventure Park are the perfect places to escape the desert heat.

Join locals in one of their favourite sports: bowling. The city is the home of the the National Bowling Stadium, the only one of its kind in the world. Reno also has the world’s first full-dome movie theater at the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center.

Explore the city’s ranching, mining and gambling heritage at the Wilbur D. May Center and Nevada Historical Society. Put your gambling knowledge to the test and try your luck at the tables. The Peppermill, Altantis and Grand Sierra resorts offer fabulous nightlife and dining options.

Reno hosts several major events throughout the year. Marvel at the sight of the Great Reno Balloon Race, head to the Hot August Nights car convention or indulge at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.

Where to stay in Reno

Downtown Reno which includes signage

Downtown Reno

3.5/5Good!(79 area reviews)

Downtown Reno

Top Hotels in Reno

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
4 out of 5
2707 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV
CA $63
per night
May 3 - May 4

Located in Reno/Tahoe Airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Virginia Lake Park and Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Reno Arch and National Bowling ...

4.2/5Excellent! (12,543 reviews)

"Wonderful experience. Staff are professional and friendly. Beautiful rooms. Everything is perfect. Will stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 24, 2020

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
4 out of 5
2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV
CA $83
per night
May 3 - May 4

This family-friendly Reno resort is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Ultimate Rush Speed and Thrill Park and Fun Quest. National Bowling ...

4.1/5Very Good! (19,067 reviews)

"With the COVID-19 virus happening they tried they best to help the guests!! Very nice people there"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Nugget Casino Resort
Nugget Casino Resort
3.5 out of 5
1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV
CA $42
per night
May 10 - May 11

Located in the heart of Sparks, this resort is 3 mi (4.8 km) from National Automobile Museum and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Reno Events Center. National Bowling Stadium ...

3.9/5Good! (18,668 reviews)

"asked staff several times to change the filter in the heater as it was very dusty in the room I waited for 3 hrs and cleaned it myself they never came.not good will never stay here again and will relate to facebook"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2020

Nugget Casino Resort

Popular things to do in Reno

Peppermill
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Peppermill

4.5/5(18 reviews)

With 10 restaurants, more than a dozen bars and lounges, a spa, 1,500 slot machines and 48 gaming tables, this Tuscan-themed resort is an entertainment haven. 

National Bowling Stadium
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National Bowling Stadium

3/5(2 reviews)

This one-of-a-kind landmark building is dedicated to Reno’s favorite pastime and a quintessential American sport.

Sparks Marina Park
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Sparks Marina Park

5/5(1 review)

Sandy beaches, shade trees and walking trails surround this picturesque lake near downtown Reno.

Top activities in Reno

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Nevada
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Nevada

100% of travellers recommend
CA $14
Per adult
Reno Scavenger Hunt: Reno Scavenger Hunt
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Reno Scavenger Hunt: Reno Scavenger Hunt

CA $28
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Nevada
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Nevada

CA $28
Per adult
South Lake Tahoe Snowboard Rental Delivery Package
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South Lake Tahoe Snowboard Rental Delivery Package

100% of travellers recommend
CA $81
Per adult
Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour
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Guided Lake Tahoe Photography Tour

92% of travellers recommend
CA $247
Per adult
North Lake Tahoe Ski Rental Delivery Package
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North Lake Tahoe Ski Rental Delivery Package

100% of travellers recommend
CA $86
Per adult

Reviews of Reno

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
13
5 - Excellent 14.606741573033707%
4 - Good
46
4 - Good 51.68539325842696%
3 - Okay
22
3 - Okay 24.719101123595507%
2 - Disappointing
7
2 - Disappointing 7.865168539325842%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 1.1235955056179776%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Feb 6, 2020

Quiet, old and dirty in most areas. Lots of homeless use the casinos for washroom facilities. Local hotels are plagued with disgusting W/C because of this. People sleeping in alley ways and door ways at night. Just not holiday material.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 28, 2019

Has been a while since last visit, was impressed with rehab of area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 1, 2019

I was on a motorcycle trip from Canada. Each day I went on excellent rides. I found some pretty amazing day rides.

4/5 - Good

Glen

Jul 31, 2019

Seems to have a revitalizing downtown. Good food options and independent breweries.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jul 25, 2019

Too structured on gambling for us.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 24, 2019

Enjoy to gamble,small and not over crowded

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