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Reno
Travel Guide

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

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
4 out of 5
2707 S. Virginia Street, Reno, NV
The price is CA $55 per night from Mar 30 to Mar 31

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

4.4/5Excellent! (5,343 reviews)

"Still in pandemic but vaccines have been rolled out to 65 and healthcare workers. This hotel was quite busy. Looked like it was at full capacity. Casino was packed. They had plexiglass between seats. If we weren’t vaccinated we wouldn’t have gone though. Pool was sometimes crowded. They did limit ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2021

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
4 out of 5
2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV
The price is CA $87 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

This family-friendly Reno resort is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Ultimate Rush Speed and Thrill Park and Grand Sierra Resort Casino. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (7,740 reviews)

"Loved the experience,was on company time so i did not get a chance to experience all the amenities....but i will revisit."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2021

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Nugget Casino Resort
Nugget Casino Resort
3.5 out of 5
1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV
The price is CA $38 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

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. University of Nevada-Reno ...

3.8/5Good! (7,512 reviews)

"Good place to staying quiet nights I really recommend this place"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 7, 2021

Nugget Casino Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Staybridge Suites Reno
Staybridge Suites Reno
3 out of 5
10559 Professional Circle, Reno, NV
The price is CA $155 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in Reno/Tahoe Airport, this aparthotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Wolf Run Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Meadowood Mall and ArrowCreek Golf Course. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (623 reviews)

"Very pet friendly and away from the strip. The suite was spacious and quiet."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 18, 2021

Staybridge Suites Reno
Legacy Vacation Resorts Reno
Legacy Vacation Resorts Reno
3 out of 5
140 Court Street, Reno, NV
The price is CA $67 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

This family-friendly Reno condo building is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Washoe County Courthouse, Club Cal-Neva Casino, and Reno Arch. ...

3.3/5 (913 reviews)

"The place was ok, it has convenient kitchenettes, nice friendly service, and nice amenities like a game room, laundry and stuff. The beds and linens were perfectly comfortable and the water was nicely hot, even in freezing cold temperature so I appreciated that. Only thing we did notice off the top ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Legacy Vacation Resorts Reno
GSR Deluxe Parlor Suite - 2 Bedroom - Very Large - Sleeps 8
GSR Deluxe Parlor Suite - 2 Bedroom - Very Large - Sleeps 8
Reno, NV

Located in the heart of Reno, this romantic condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Ultimate Rush Speed and Thrill Park and Grand Sierra Resort Casino. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Nice place!

"Foukdnt check in to second suite for 6.5 hours after arrival. Covid makes it difficult for food and long lines. Reservations for everything were mandatory so it made it not great as we did not know that ahead of trip. Couch in main sitting is misding the back cushions so it was not comfortable at ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 27, 2021

GSR Deluxe Parlor Suite - 2 Bedroom - Very Large - Sleeps 8
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Reno

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 14.606741573033707%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 51.68539325842696%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 24.719101123595507%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 7.865168539325842%
1 - Terrible
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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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