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About Reno, Nevada | Culture and Outdoors Meets Wild Wild West

Reno, Nevada known as "The Biggest Little City in the World," sits in a valley in the shadows of the stately Sierra Nevada Mountains . Reno's heyday came in the 1960's and '70's. Visitors would travel from Northern California to get a chance to try their luck. Even the 4 hour trip was an adventure as their route led them up the mountain on a steep and windy road with large rocks on both sides. Reaching 7,200 feet the infamous Donner's Pass. Once through there they could breathe a bit a a sigh of relief as the Nevada state line signs came into view. They knew this meant there would be slot machines and gambling in all the establishments. Many would stop here for a bit and to throw a few coins but it was only a pit stop. Their real destination was Reno just on the other side of Mount Rose. Some of the big casinos of the day were Harrah's, Club Cal-Neva and the Mapes Hotel and Casino...one of the first casino complexes in the state.

After those decades of success unfortunately came a period of decline. This was mainly due to the success of Las Vegas and the opening of several Native American casinos in Northern California. The trek across the Sierra Nevadas no longer became necessary. Reno then became a city ready to reclaim itself. Some of the old hotels were refurbished into new condos. There are other efforts to revitalize this great little city with many new improved places to see and visit.

Local Tip: Ask for a room on a higher floor as it is further away from the casino and less smokey.
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Where To Go
Of course the gaming is still alive and well in Reno and they certainly invite you to come to take your shot. Head to the Atlantis It has every gaming possiblity yet also has a laid back feel. They have a nice big stage where national artists come to entertain with 8 restaurants. They even offer the game of Keno where you can bet from the comfort of your own table while dining or having a cocktail. If you want a classic gaming experience head downtown to Circus Circus. If slots are your thing...they have over 900 machines. Miss the sound of coins clinking out as you win your jackpot? Circus Circus has a whole section dedicated to these classics.  

Located in the heart of Reno is the Truckee Whitewater Park. The Truckee river swiftly winds itself through downtown Reno. As the river is Lake Tahoe's only outlet, it provides exciting and challenging whitewater kayaking. It is also safe for beginners. The park is with walking distance of many 24 hour casinos and is open year round.

Close by is Reno's Downtown River Walk where visitors can stroll on the paved paths along the scenic Truckee River. You can find dining, shopping, art galleries and many local events. It also features the World's Tallest Rock Climbing Wall.

Reno is also home to the world renouned National Automobile Museum-The Harrah Collection. Car lovers with be wowed by the collection of over 200 classic and vintage automobiles. Visitors can stroll down 4 period street scenes depicting different eras of the 20th century. Many of the autos have been featured in movies or owned by celebrities.  Come down for Hot August Nights held each year.  This classic car street party started in 1986 and is a celebration of 50s and 60s cars and rock-n-roll.

The Great Reno Balloon Race is the world’s largest free hot-air ballooning event. The event has been held in in Reno for over 32 years. With more than 100 balloons and 150,000 in attendance each year the event is a permanent fixture on Reno’s September skyline.

If you are an art lover visit the Nevada Museum of Art founded in 1931. As the oldest cultural institution in Nevada, this museum focuses on land and environment. It houses over 1,500 permanent paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs. Former collections of Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol have been shown at the museum.

Probably the most recognizable landmark and place to visit is the Reno Arch. It has been featured in many movies and is a must see. In 1929 the city held a contest to come up with a slogan to put across the original arch to attract vjisitors. The winning phrase was of course, "the Biggest Little City in the World." It's very impressive driving under the Arch down Virgina Ave at night.

Where to Eat
An awesome place to go for breakfast is Peg's Glorified Ham N Eggs. Be prepared to come hungry! The portions are huge an the menu is extensive so give yourself plenty of time. The  people are very friendly and the place definately has that homey diner kind of feel.Now, let's get to the important part...the FOOD! The Huevos Rancheros Skillet is amazing. Bursting with southwest flavors complete with beans and rice, slaw and fruit. The corned beef hash is to die for. It comes in the skillet nice and crispy  with lots of red and green ppers and onions. It's not overly salty like other places can be which is bonus. The prices are good as well.

Another hit with the locals is the Gas Lamp Restaurant and Bar. The menu features New American Fare. They great appetizers ranging from grilled artichokes to butternut squash bisque to garlic grilled prawns and blue cheese garlic bread. One of their specialties is the 14 ounce pork chop. It is huge, juicy and pefectly done. It sits atop a very generous portion of creamy smashed potatoes and a deliscious fruit compote which pairs nicely with the pork...a must try for first time visitors. For dessert, try the home made icecream. They feature interesting flavors such as coffe toffee, cocoant and almond roca. It is locally owned and operated and is located in the revitalized midtown district.

Where to Stay
The Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa is a 4 diamond luxury hotel with many amenities. The exravagent casino floor is decorated with an underwater theme with lush, tropical plants and waterfalls. They are known to be generous with comps for free meals.The guest rooms and suits are large and comfortable you will either have a view of downtown Reno or The SIerra Nevadas. The resort features and outdoor pool and an indoor atrium pool with private cabanas. If you want to be pampered schedule a session at at their lavish, award winning spa. The Atlantis Spa one of only two casinos in Reno that feature a spa on site.

The breakfast buffet at Toucan Charlies is very good with lots of choices. As you take a break from your table or slot machne, a good spot for a quick but deliscious lunch is the Manhattan Deli. They serve pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, juicy and they are stacked high. Get it with a side of matzo ball soup and you all set to hit the floor for hours. For the steak lover head to the Atlantis Steakhouse. All of their cuts of meat are prime and have been aged for 28 days. They come grilled to your liking with topped with Maitre d' Butter, 2 sauces , beanaise and their signiture steak sauce as well as sauteed button mushrooms. They are a little price but the steaks do include soup d jur and a salad. 

The best part about the Atlantis is the Sky Terrace. Not only do they feature an oyster and sushi bar, as long as you are playing your favorite slot machine they will serve you any drinks of your choice. Even top shelf....Grey Goose. The real winner here is that the entire atrium is smoke free! Almost unheard of in a casino.

So whether you are visiting Reno for  business or pleasure, you are sure to have a big time in this little city.



Local Tip: You can view the original Reno Arch built in 1929 on Lake Street.

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Local Tip: If you need to stock up on supplies, visit the Wholefoods Market and Total Wine which are located near the airport in the same shopping center.
Reno, Nevada has culture, festivals, food and the great outdoors combined with a lively nightlight and casino gambling. Reno is also a great place to launch your excursions to Lake Tahoe, Virginia City, Carson City and Pyramid Lake.

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Reno, Nevada has culture, festivals, food and the great outdoors combined with a lively nightlight and casino gambling. Reno is also a great place to launch your excursions to Lake Tahoe, Virginia City, Carson City and Pyramid Lake.