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Reno
Travel Guide

Reno showing signage, a city and night scenes

Built on the fortunes of ranching, mining and gambling, Reno has matured into a cultivated city and a gateway for adventure sports.

Emblazoned across a street in downtown Reno are the famous words “The Biggest Little City in the World.” The slogan was coined in 1929, but it’s still an apt description of this desert city, which has outgrown its reputation as a gambling hot spot and come of age. With cultural, dining and retail precincts continually expanding, Reno is enjoying an urban renaissance.

As well as slot machines, Reno has many family-friendly attractions, such as museums, animal parks and a science center. Cafés, restaurants and galleries line the streets in the Truckee River Arts District and one of the world’s more impressive displays of cars is at the National Automobile Museum.

Sitting high in the desert, in the shadows of the snow-peaked Nevada Mountains, Reno is also a gateway to outdoor adventure. There are 18 ski resorts close by, including the Squaw Valley Ski Resort, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics. In summer, locals pack their deck chairs, kayaks and fishing gear and head to Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River. Even closer to the city, Sparks Marina Park and Wild Island Family Adventure Park are the perfect places to escape the desert heat.

Join locals in one of their favourite sports: bowling. The city is the home of the the National Bowling Stadium, the only one of its kind in the world. Reno also has the world’s first full-dome movie theater at the Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center.

Explore the city’s ranching, mining and gambling heritage at the Wilbur D. May Center and Nevada Historical Society. Put your gambling knowledge to the test and try your luck at the tables. The Peppermill, Altantis and Grand Sierra resorts offer fabulous nightlife and dining options.

Reno hosts several major events throughout the year. Marvel at the sight of the Great Reno Balloon Race, head to the Hot August Nights car convention or indulge at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.

Where to stay in Reno

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
4 out of 5
The price is HK$388 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Reno/Tahoe Airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Virginia Lake Park, Reno-Sparks Convention Center and Atlantis Casino. National Bowling ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5,437 reviews)
"It smelled great! Very clean, staff was very helpful. Wasn’t too hard to find the room and the cafe that sells gelato was wonderful! Would stay again."

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2021

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$536 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
This family-friendly Reno resort is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Ultimate Rush Speed and Thrill Park and Grand Sierra Resort Casino. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (7,632 reviews)
"Room was wonderful really enjoyed the shower. Room was clean sanitized. Superb service."

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Silver Legacy Resort  Casino at THE ROW
Silver Legacy Resort Casino at THE ROW
4 out of 5
407 N. Virginia Street, Reno, NV
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$412 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Located in Downtown Reno, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Reno Events Center and National Bowling Stadium. Reno Aces Ballpark and Nevada Museum of Art ...
4/5Very Good! (4,721 reviews)
"Fun clean friendly definitely will return . Fun for couples or familys"

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Silver Legacy Resort Casino at THE ROW
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Vintage House at Natural Hot Springs
Vintage House at Natural Hot Springs
Situated in the mountains, this historic holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Wolf Run Golf Club, Atlantis Casino and ArrowCreek Golf Course. Nevada Health ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (24 reviews)
Anniversary Weekend
"Cute place, great location and loved the soak and massages. Floors needed fixing and would of liked to have more then 1 TV channel. Overall great time. Will come back."

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2021

Vintage House at Natural Hot Springs
Thunderbird Resort Club
Thunderbird Resort Club
3 out of 5
This family-friendly Sparks condominium resort is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Sierra Sid's and Sparks Marina Park. Grand Sierra Resort ...
3.8/5Good! (200 reviews)
"Great accommodations. Great location it is central to everything. Nice place to stay. Communication of staff is somewhat like pulling teeth but were courteous. Be specific with your questions and just FYI your door key opens the gated entrance once you check in. That was not relayed."

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2020

Thunderbird Resort Club
2 Bedroom Suite Complimentary Breakfast + Shared Pool & Hot Tub! Great for Business Travelers
2 Bedroom Suite Complimentary Breakfast + Shared Pool & Hot Tub! Great for Business Travelers
The price is HK$1,545 per night from 20 May to 21 May
Located in Reno/Tahoe Airport, this condo is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Wolf Run Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of ArrowCreek Golf Course and Nevada Health Facilities ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Front desk
"They made us wait until close to 5:00 pm cause the room was not ready .., not good"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2021

2 Bedroom Suite Complimentary Breakfast + Shared Pool & Hot Tub! Great for Business Travelers
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Reno

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Nov 2019

We only saw “The Row” but it was fun

3/5 - Okay

Ash

2 Oct 2019

It’s ok, glad to have

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

26 Sep 2019

It’s trying.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

15 Aug 2019

As with many of the cities we have visited we felt a general unease by in the city centres. Lots of strange individuals who did not seem to be fully with it

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Aug 2019

Very noisy and busy around the casinos. Not a great deal to see if you’re not there to gamble in the casinos.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Apr 2019

Typical casino town - lots of new concrete buildings.