The neon lights of Reno, Nevada’s casino district have attracted gamblers for so long. But there is more to this place than the poker chips. It has beautiful theaters and museums, and it offers many fine dining experiences. This is a perfect haven for skiers or snowboarders too. So if you want to take a break from sitting on those green-felt table games, here is a list of things you can do in Reno.
Dubbed as the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is famous for its beaches and ski resorts. Its long coastline is a perfect getaway for those who love water sports, whether they are lazy or extreme types. You can also hike mountain trails. Bask on beaches in South Lake Tahoe. Shop at Truckee’s niche boutiques. Enjoy an exquisite dining experience while watching the sunset into the lake in Incline Village. And this list goes on.
Nevada Museum of Art
The Nevada Museum of Art is the state’s oldest established cultural center, which was founded in 1931. The contemporary structure features collections that are curated based how humans interact with their environment. It is best to see the galleries with your own eyes and interpret them yourself.
The place is open between Wednesdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.
National Automobile Museum
Home to over 200 vehicles, the National Automobile Museum showcases the varied cars in North America across the ages. Displays range from horseless carriages to famous racecars. Some of the hot picks are the Thomas Flyer, which won the 1908 around-the-world race, and the 1949 Mercury Series 9CM, which was used by James Dean in the movie “Rebel Without a Cause.”
Unless you are a car enthusiast, you might not even know some of these exist. The museum is open from Monday to Saturday between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Great Reno Balloon Race
The Rancho San Rafael Regional Park hosts the annual Great Reno Balloon Race every September, and tens of thousands of spectators come to witness the event. Over 100 brightly colored hot air balloons are expected to fill the Nevada sky and race against each other towards the finish line at Truckee Meadows. Other than balloon racing, this three-day event also holds other competitions like exciting games for kids. Bring your family or friends as admission is free.
Reno Riverwalk District
Art lovers and connoisseurs will definitely be drawn by the varied collection of galleries and fancy restaurants along the streets surrounding Truckee River. The Wine Walk can be a good starting point. Let your taste buds experience a variety of wine flavors from different stores for only $20 per person. Tip: the sculptures along the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts are a must see. Meanwhile, Riverwalk also provides an awesome and unforgettable nightlife experience. You can go on clubbing or play at world-class casinos.
Now, do not be limited by this list. There are still a lot of things to do in Reno, especially Lake Tahoe. Enjoy your travel to the fullest!