Taking time to get away from the day to day grind is great. Vacations help you relax, refresh, and reset. However, figuring out where you’re going to go may not be the easiest choice you’ll make. With so many destinations to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. If you’re into going somewhere scenic with luxury accommodation, then we have the perfect place for you to explore. Reno, Nevada may not be on your radar, but we think it is an amazing vacation destination. Here’s why.
Before you head out to Reno, you may want to brush up on a little bit of local history. Nevada received statehood after the Civil War. Because of the silver mines in Carson City, Abraham Lincoln made Nevada a state to help fund the Union. Besides the rich mining history, Nevada borders the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. The mountains get the largest amount of snowfall every winter in the US. This makes for some pretty amazing skiing. Not only that, but Reno is close to Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America.
The Donner Party, an infamous group of American pioneers, traveled through the Reno area on their way to California before they got snowed in. It is also known as the biggest little city in the world.
Best Time Of Year To Visit
Reno has something for everyone, no matter what time of year. During the winter, you can take advantage of the numerous ski resorts around Reno. Mt. Rose, the closest peak, has an amazing ski resort, and with snowfall averaging 30 ft. per year, there are almost always great slopes to hit. In the downtown area, you can take advantage of the river walk, which features restaurants and local art.
If you like art, then you’ll love the feel of the downtown area. The buildings feature large murals, and there are even a lot filled with sculptures from Burning Man. During the summer, you can take advantage of all the local festivals that go on in the downtown area. In July, there’s a wing competition, a chili cook-off, and a blues and BBQ festival.
If you don’t mind venturing just an hour away, you can take a dip in Lake Tahoe or Lake Pyramid. Both lakes are fed by snowmelt from the mountains and are worth seeing. In August, you can see tons of vintage and custom cars at Hot August Nights, and in September, if you don’t mind being an early bird, Reno is home to the largest free hot air balloon race. Dawn Patrol starts at 4 am, and it is worth seeing.
Where to Go
As mentioned before, where you go depends on what you want to do during your trip. Reno has some fantastic places to hang out. The Edge nightclub in the Peppermill is one place to catch some nightlife fun. If you enjoy Karaoke, then you should definitely plan to check out Run It Up Reno. It is a karaoke battle to end all karaoke battles, and sure to be a fun night.
You can enjoy a nice meal in the Atlantis at their steakhouse, and you can choose to stay in one of the many luxury suites at either the Peppermill or Atlantis. If you want to stay where the action is in the downtown area, then you should definitely check out the rooms at the Silver Legacy or Circus Circus. There really isn’t a wrong choice when it comes to choosing a place to stay. If you need to get around, you will need to rent a car. While most of the festivities happen in downtown Reno, to get to any places outside of the city centre, you will need to drive or take an Uber or Lyft.
Because Reno is like a mini Vegas, there is a lot of Vegas-style entertainment. You can catch concerts from popular acts at the Grand Sierra Resort, or you can check out the circus show located inside Circus Circus. The Nugget features new shows all the time that are sure to entertain. From comedic acts to musical performances, you won’t find yourself wondering what to do when you arrive.
There you have it, some reasons why Reno, NV should be your next vacation stop. Because there is so much to do and so many places to visit, it is hard to fit them all it. However, once you get to Reno, you can figure out what you want to experience. Either way, Reno should be on your shortlist of places to see when you plan your next vacation. You’ll be surprised by how much fun the biggest little city packs into its small space. And if Reno doesn’t tickle your fancy, then why not check out Amsterdam.