About Reno

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Kayakers at Reno's Truckee River Whitewater Park (Photo: Matt Theilen/RSCVA)

Once known primarily as a hotspot for gambling and quickie divorces, today Reno is a destination that caters to outdoors enthusiasts year-round. In the warmer months, the Truckee River is full of whitewater kayakers, and sunbathers gather along its banks. Nearby Mt. Rose is a hiking destination in summer and Reno's closest large ski resort in winter. Within an hour's drive, the ski resorts of Lake Tahoe offer more ways to enjoy the snow.

Downtown, casinos mingle with new restaurants, a riverfront path lined with bars, restaurants, and a movie theater. A number of former casinos have been reinvented as high-rise condominiums, bringing fresh life to the district. A new baseball stadium hosts a Triple-A baseball team, and visitors can find theater, opera, and traveling Broadway shows at the Pioneer Theater and other venues around the city.


Since its earliest days, Reno has known how to put on a show. These days, the biggest tickets in town are the major festivals and events that offer something for everyone. Culture seekers can immerse themselves in the many performing arts offerings of Artown each July. Classic car buffs come from all around for Hot August Nights. Visitors willing to get up early will be treated to the sight of hot air balloons lighting up the pre-dawn sky during the Great Reno Balloon Race in September. There are more events in Reno, the Tahoe area, and other nearby cities throughout the year.

Airlines including Alaska, American, Southwest, and United offer flights to Reno and Lake Tahoe.

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