Most visitors to the Reno area stay in the immediate downtown area and while there are a lot of things to do right downtown, there are even more things to be done close to downtown. One of those things is a visit to the Truckee River which is just a few blocks south of the downtown casinos. Here you can walk along the river at the Reno Riverwalk
, do some kayaking on the Truckee River Whitewater Park
, or rent a bike and ride along the entire river down to Verdi or Sparks.
If the weather is not cooperating, head to several of the downtown museums including the award-winning Nevada Museum of Art
, the National Automobile Museum
and the Nevada Discovery Museum
which is an interactive science and art space for both children and adults.
If you want to do some shopping, head to the Reno Arts District or MidTown and visit Dharma Books
, Sundance Books
, Junkee Clothing Exchange
, the Melting Pot
or Micano Home
. Within this area are several restaurants and coffee shops that will be a great place to stop on the way back to downtown.
For the sports lover, you can walk from the casinos to the Reno Aces
sports stadium for an evening game of baseball or you can catch the free Sierra Spirit bus up to the University of Nevada, Reno
for a college football or basketball game.
160 W Liberty St
One of Reno's pride and joy, this distinctive building just south of downtown Reno was inspired by Nevada's Black Rock Desert and is also a work of art. The various collections in this award-winning museum change every couple of months and some of the featured exhibits are not to be missed... read more
300 W First St.
Surrounding Wingfield Park in Downtown Reno is the very popular Truckee River Whitewater Park. Nearly every summer day there are crowds of people enjoying the river, either by wading in it, rafting in it, kayaking or even swimming on a hot day. On cooler days, this is a perfect place for whitewater kayaking. This park is the only park in the U.S. that is right smack downtown close to hotels and parking and it open year-round... read more
10 S Lake St
Even if you are not interested in cars, this award-winning museum is really interesting and well designed. The National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno was named among the Top Ten Museums by Car Collector magazine and has been ranked one of the best 16 car museums in the world by AutoWeek... read more
121 California Ave
Reno locals consistently vote Sundance the best bookstore in town. Located close to downtown, this store has been dedicated to the service of books and book lovers. As a local, independent bookstore, Sundance is committed to strengthening and contributing to both the local and global communities. Sundance also sells magazines and newspapers, pottery, jewelry, locally made soap and coffee and tea... read more
960 S. Virginia St.
One of the best shopping experiences in Reno. Junkee is not only a used clothing store, but a Burner boutique for Burning Man participants, an antique shop, an art gallery and just an overall cool and funky place to drop a few bucks. Most items are reasonable and the owner, Jessica, keeps the place hopping and also hosts the local Reno Style TV show... read more
490 S. Center Street
Wonderful hands-on museum for both adults and children... read more
1350 South Virginia Street
Arlington Avenue at Island Avenue