An outdoor playground, casinos, and plenty of mining history. The “Biggest Little City in the World” is a gold mine for savvy Nevada visitors.
While Reno may lack the overwhelming glitz and glamour of Nevada’s most famous city, it has enough casinos to earn it the moniker “Vegas-lite.” But this city is no off-brand stand-in. Though Reno rarely gets the credit, Harrah’s casino empire was born here. Lady Luck calls to many of the travelers who include Reno in their itineraries, but this city has far more to offer than the flashing lights, lines of slot machines, and marquees covered with celebrity smiles that first meet the eye.
If you’re wondering what to do in Reno, start from the beginning. Established in 1868 after the Transcontinental Railroad System was built, Reno lies at the foot of the Sierras, right about where the Central Pacific line began spitting Californians out of the mountains to head back east across the Great Basin toward Salt Lake City, Utah. The area even had its own gold rush, the remnants of which can be seen in the mining-themed casinos promising riches of their own.
After staking your claim on a slot machine, blackjack table, or roulette wheel for a while, why not get out and enjoy all that fresh mountain air? One of the best free things to do in Reno is stroll down the Riverwalk; if that’s not enough, let your legs take you into the mountains for a hike, bike ride, or a day on the slopes. Then there’s kayaking down Truckee River or nearby Truckee Lake. Leaving behind the casino and the lure of winning big never looked so good.
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