Downtown Reno

Straddling the Truckee River is the pulsating heart of Reno’s dining and entertainment scene. Live it, love it, loathe it, and live it some more.

The dazzling lights of Reno Arch welcome visitors to Downtown Reno. You know the arch; it’s the one emblazoned with “The Biggest Little City in the World,” the one that’s been in countless Hollywood movies. Downtown Reno is a bitesize portion of the city’s round-the-clock action, where casinos, concert halls, museums, and saloons compete for your business.

After snapping a selfie at the sign, embrace the gambling culture by trying your luck at the baccarat, craps, and roulette tables. You’ll always be welcomed with a smile, regardless of how big or small your stake is – and remember to take advantage of the complimentary drinks for players. Act out Randy Quaid’s Kingpin character at the National Bowling Stadium or sit back and watch the experts throw strike after strike on the 78 lanes. The Reno Aces add more events to the sporting calendar.

Make your way past the brewpubs, dive bars, and swanky restaurants of the Riverwalk District before reaching the Truckee River waterfront, where nature gets its chance to shine like the casinos’ neon lights. The Riverwalk District is a great example of successful urban renewal, so chill out in the parks, enjoy free concerts, go kayaking, and even swim. Be here on the third Sunday of the month for the Wine Walk along the river.

Across the river the scene becomes more serene; even the city’s original arch is tame in comparison. You’re more likely to see business types than starry-eyed tourists here, although that’s not to say it isn’t without its charms. Get a cultural fix at Nevada Discovery Museum, Nevada Museum of Art, and Nevada Automobile Museum.

Get your engine running and head to Downtown Reno for some fun in the Nevada Desert sun.

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