Reno, Nevada | Fun Things to do in the Biggest Little City in the World

Reno, Nevada provides a popular diversion to Lake Tahoe, full of contrasts to the relaxing destination one hour over the border- it’s a full-on desert gaming and entertainment town, high on excitement, bright lights, and cheap steak dinners. The dusty streets reveal faded signs and storefronts, sure, but also a bit of a revival in the form of an art park, burgeoning outdoor concert series, trendy brewpubs and coffee houses, colorful murals, and kitschy shopping. Indeed, “The Biggest Little City in the World” was coined as a nickname for the wide range of cosmopolitan amenities for a city its size.

Reno is compact, so walking is a great way to see it. Follow the interactive mural map to see more than 80 looming murals full of character. Across from Circus Circus is the eclectic Playa Art Park, with contributions by Burning Man artists who stop in Reno on their way to the festival every year. Check out The Depot for respite from the desert heat, it’s a progressive brewery and distillery housed in a historic railroad headquarters, with delicious beer, spirits and food.

Funky thrift stores and boutiques dot the MidTown District, fulfilling the desires of any shopping trip. Find record stores, vintage discoveries, clothing and lifestyle items. The Meadowood Mall, located in the center of town, contains more than 100 stores as well.

In the RiverWalk District, The Basement is a new shopping and dining complex built beneath the historic 1933 U.S. Post Office. This dog-friendly mall advertises the trendiest and most cutting-edge concepts of a modern-day marketplace. Take a look and explore for yourself.

Wingfield Park, right alongside the Truckee River, is a central location for many special events such as the Reno River Festival and the annual Nevada Humane Society, and is easily walkable from downtown. The amphitheater is an ideal backdrop for the many concerts and plays put on in the summer months, and is a great way to relax at the end of the day in Reno.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .

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