Off Beaten Path Attractions in Reno

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  • Tourist attractions and traveler haunts only show one side of a place. So if you want to delve a little under the surface, you need to check out Reno's off-the-beaten-path things to do. Carve some extra time out of your itinerary and discover the unusual, the unexpected and the unforgettable side of Reno and Sparks.

    Get out of the city for a while and head up to Gold Hill and the Gold Hill Hotel. This historic building has a great restaurant and bar and holds monthly lectures on the history of the Wild West. Grab a bite and a beer at the locals' favorite, the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City where you can also catch some live music.

    Within Reno, check out some great used book stores like Sundance or Zephyr books. Visit a few parks like Idlewild and Oxbow or ride a bike along the Truckee River. If you like ethnic food, get a few pupusas at El Salvador or a buffet lunch at India Kabab & Curry. Finish up with a coffee at the Hub or at Bibo. For some interesting nightlife, hit the bars outside of the casinos like the Chapel Tavern in Midtowne or the Underground on the eclectic 4th Street. Here you can also do some shopping at Forever Yours or Twin City Surplus.

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    Sundance Bookstore

    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

    Zephyr Books

    1501 South Virginia Street

    Huge used bookstore... read more

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    Truckee River Whitewater Park

    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

    Idlewild Park

    1900 Idlewild Drive

    Stop and Smell the Roses... read more

    Oxbow Park

    3100 Dickerson Road

    A hidden paradise by the Truckee River... read more

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    Twin City Surplus

    1675 East 4th Street

    Look for the Big Red Barn... read more

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    Junkee Clothing Exchange, Inc.

    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

    Sparks Marina Park

    300 Howard Drive
    (at North McCarran Boulevard)

    Great fishing hole... read more

    Old Reno Arch

    Lake Street at Mill Street

    Still a Star... read more
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