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
books. Visit a few parks like Idlewild
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
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
1501 South Virginia Street
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
3100 Dickerson Road
A hidden paradise by the Truckee River... read more
1675 East 4th Street
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
300 Howard Drive
(at North McCarran Boulevard)
Lake Street at Mill Street