Visiting Reno, especially during the summer, can be a fun and fairly inexpensive trip. Hotel deals can usually be found from midweek into the weekend and getting around the city can be easy on the public bus system. Hotel deals can be found for around $30-$50 a night depending on the day and what events are going on, and a single bus ride will cost you $2. Food and drink can also be done on the cheap. Not only do the casinos have great deals, but there are a few local favorites where your dollar can go farther. Who knows? You may be able to spend a few bucks at the casinos and win something to add to your budget.
Below is a four day schedule for visiting the Biggest Little City on just $50 a day:
Book a hotel room at one of the downtown casinos. The Eldorado has room packages like a Standard Room and Reno Aces Baseball Tickets for $34.99 a person. Visit some of the free attractions around the city like the Truckee River Riverwalk and the Truckee Whitewater Park or some of the parks such as Idlewild Park or the Oxbow nature area, and you will still have $15 left over for food. Grab your daily coffee and a pastry at Java Jungle down by the river for around $5. A lunch buffet at India Kabab & Curry in MidTown Reno will cost you $6.95 per person and you will be full the rest of the day. You still have about $3.00 left for some popcorn during the Aces game.
Make this day a cultural one with a trip to the award-winning Nevada Museum of Art. If you are lucky to be there on the third Saturday of the month, the museum is free. For the rest of the month, general admission is $10 a person which gives you some money left over to have lunch at either the Café Musee inside the NMA or just down the road at Peg’s Glorified Ham & Eggs. You may want to add a bit to your budget to get a larger meal at this popular diner. Peg’s will serve you up their skillet meals such as Tamale & Eggs or the Mexicali Omelette which will both fill you up until the next day.
Start off the day with a huge breakfast buffet at the Eldorado or the Silver Legacy hotels for around $10 for adults and $5 for children. The extra money can be used for a trip to the Sierra Safari Zoo to visit over 40 varieties of animal like African lions, ligers, Siberian tigers, monkeys, baby deer, tropical birds and even miniature zebu cattle. These animals have been injured or are unable to live in the wild. The entire day can be spent here for around $6-$7.
On your last day, do what the locals do and take a hike. Reno has several great hiking trails along the river or in the foothills above the city. All the trails are free. With your stomach growling, head to the Golden (Little) Nugget in downtown Reno or the Wolf Den near the University for an Awful Awful Burger. These award-winning burgers come with a pound of fries and have been featured on the Food Network. They cost around $7.00 and will fill you up until the evening when you head down to the bars on the river. Finish up your trip to Reno with a drink at the Ole Bridge Pub or the Sierra Tap House which both have views of the river and the kayakers and tubers who play on the water. Happy hour specials at the Ole Bridge include 1/2 price pitchers and 1/2 price bottles of wine. The Sierra Tap House has daily specials as well as Tuesday night live bands and Wednesday trivia nights.