Emerging as a city with a unique culture of its own, Reno has recently been recognised as must-visit destination, offering a whole host of experiences to appeal to every type of traveller. With an impressive Riverwalk District, an unmatched art landscape and unlimited outdoor activities, ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’ is definitely one for travellers to add to their bucket list. For those looking for some inspiration for an upcoming trip, check out our top five reasons why Reno, Nevada should be the next city you visit.
Take a stroll along the Riverwalk and experience Reno’s exciting urban renaissance. Travellers will find shopping, restaurants, bars and taverns, entertainment, lodging, and a whitewater park – all located in a fun, friendly area that celebrates Reno’s arts, culture, and history 365 days a year. Wine enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Wine Walk which takes place every third Saturday of the month from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. The Riverwalk Merchants Association hosts the popular event along the Truckee River and neighbouring streets in downtown Reno. Walkers will begin their adventure at one of the participating venders, present a valid ID and $20 (£15) to the merchant and will then receive a wristband, a map and a wine glass before setting off to explore the sights and sounds of Reno. Those who sample at least five wines will be entered into a raffle at the host location to win a special surprise.
Art installations, sculptures, murals and museums make up a big part of Reno’s urban landscape. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll or hop on two wheels and explore Midtown or downtown to find locally-made pieces of artwork, art installations straight from Black Rock City or other unique findings. City Plaza, located downtown at the corner of First and South Virginia St., is home to two former Burning Man pieces – BELIEVE and Space Whale and is a popular location for art lovers. The Sculpture Garden in Bicentennial Park is not one to miss as visitors can walk through six sculptures alongside the Truckee River and can experience a self-guided audio tour by dialing the number located at the base of the sculpture. Other highlights include the Larger-than-life Murals and the 3D Wonders.
With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, it’s no surprise that Reno offers endless opportunities for visitors to get outside to explore the outdoors. Travellers looking for a scenic hike should check out the Tom Cooke Trail, right next to the Truckee River which is open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. For those looking to get their adrenaline pumping, Reno boasts the tallest rock-climbing wall in the world, located right in the heart of downtown Reno. World-class climbing areas like Lover’s Leap are within 15 miles of South Lake Tahoe and Donner Summit and Big Chief are located less than an hour from Reno. In addition, there are numerous water sports, off-road adventures and parks for adventure seekers to explore.
Food and Drink
The landscape of Reno’s food and drink scene is quickly growing and offers a large variety of amazing cuisine choices blending with the nightlife and culture of the city. Local favourite mainstays flourish among new culinary offerings creating a buzzy food scene, perfect for all palettes. Dozens of local craft brewers and distillers have embraced the small-batch movement and have opened establishments around the Reno Tahoe area, perfect for travellers looking for a local experience. For a look at the local culinary movement visitors to Reno should consider taking a guided culinary walking tour from Reno Food Tours, through either downtown Reno or the Midtown District.
Travellers can’t visit Reno without picking up some souvenirs along the way. From the spectacular to the sublime, visitors will find unique boutiques, retail stores, shopping malls and outlet stores to ensure they won’t go home empty handed. One of Reno’s true hidden gems is the amazing selection of consignment and vintage stores. With retro favourites for both clothing and home decor, vintage shopping in Reno gives visitors the chance to discover rare pieces at an affordable price. Be sure to checkout The Nest – an eclectic vintage shop with a curated selection of well-crafted pieces. This small vintage store has a big heart and an even bigger footprint in the local community. It houses pieces of the past, and fosters community and sustainability through healthy business practices.
Where to sleep: Enjoy the quintessential Reno experience in a room at one of the City’s iconic casinos like the Silver Legacy Resort Casino or The Peppermill.
Where to eat: The Wild River Grille serves the sorts of classic dishes popular in Nevada, a state for committed meat lovers. Nevada is also one of the only states with the In-N-Out Burger chain.
Where to drink: The Sierra Tap House is a classic, and the Depot Craft Brewery Distillery is in an old railway headquarters.
Where to go: The Nevada Museum of Modern Art and the National Automobile Museum