Long billed as the “biggest little city in the world” – today’s population is over 250,000 and the city is somewhat spread out now but for a city of this size, it still perhaps feels bigger then the actual population.
Reno is located in the high desert east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains north and slightly east of the great Lake Tahoe. Reno offers numerous non stop gambling opportunities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The city boasts a diversity of affordable accommodation – with large casino’s offering up many rooms – along with seemingly an endless number of vintage (and often very dated) two story motels.
Tesla has located a sizable “gigafactory” just outside of Sparks for producing large quantities lithium ion batteries.
Reno is located at the cross roads of US 395 and US 80.
Reno is surprising because although travelers think they are in a larger city when in the downtown area, one is really only minutes to the desert and outskirts of town. From downtown, one can drive merely 10 minutes and can be among desert terrain – seemingly far from the frantic activity of the casinos.
The Reno Riverwalk District features a number of shops and restaurants but most importantly is centered along the flowing Truckee River. Several picturesque fountains are located along this walk and when the weather is warm during the summer is a relaxing place to take a stroll or stop and read or people watch.
Reno is a high desert town. Snow falls in the winter and temperatures are often below freezing. Mid summer temperatures can be in the high 80’s F or even 90’s F. Overall Reno has a fairly dry climate.
Reno is the 3rd largest city in the state behind Las Vegas and Henderson. Depending on the season, within an hour one can be at Pyramid Lake, high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, swimming in the crystal clear very cold water of Lake Tahoe, skiing black diamond rated slopes, catching trophy size fish or in the middle of the seemingly empty high desert with no one around.
Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is conveniently located mere minutes from the downtown. A number of carriers offer service here including at the last update, Alaska, American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United among others.
There is plenty of parking only a few minutes walk from the terminal including a three story parking garage (nearly 2000 spaces) and an outdoor lot the features nearly 1,500 spaces.
Great piece! I knew Reno was famous for its gaming but had no idea there was so much more to the place. Glad to hear about the scenic natural beauty of Reno. Hope to visit one day!
Laxmar – hope you get the chance – people often forgot out Reno when discussing Nevada – opting for the glamour and glitz of Las Vegas instead – but do not make that mistake!
ALEX THOMPSON says
Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.