Known as "The Biggest Little City in the World" and Nevada’s “Other” gambling and resort town, there’s lots going on in Reno, Nevada.
With a population of 237,000, making it the 4th largest city in the state, Reno is in a prime location. This lively city is near the California border, just three hours from San Francisco, and two hours from Napa Valley and wine country. Nearby is the Tahoe National Forest, with nearly one million acres of tree-laden trails that offer scenic hiking and camping experiences. The Truckee River runs through Reno, providing kayaking, fishing and white water rafting fun. How many places can bask in 300 days of sunshine alongside some of the world’s best skiing and snowboarding? That’s right, folks, the unparalleled Lake Tahoe Resort is a mere half hour away.
Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos that offer first-rate accommodations, dining and entertainment. The casinos are clustered in one section of the city, and if gaming is not your scene, it’s very easy to enjoy all the other amenities of Reno. Stroll along the Riverwalk, where you will find shopping, restaurants, bars, entertainment and art exhibits.
Artown is a local arts non-profit agency that offers events throughout the year, in addition to a crowd-pleasing summer arts festival. And speaking of festivals, you can add the annual River Festival, Jazz and Blues Festivals, Greek Festival and many others to the list!
The internationally acclaimed National Automobile Museum in Reno features a collection of 200 automobiles, some dating back to the late 1800s. Reno is home to the Nevada Museum of Art, the largest museum in Nevada, set against the backdrop of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Beer lovers will not be disappointed, as Reno is becoming well known for its breweries and is home to the nationally recognized Great Basin Brewing Co., Silver Peak and Brew Brothers. Reno is also a college town, housing the outstanding University of Nevada, Reno, and the world-renowned Desert Research Institute.
The economy of Reno has grown from casinos to a much more diversified base that includes clean energy, high tech and advanced manufacturing. The median home value in Reno is $352,400. The Northwest neighborhood is a family area, with neighborhood parks, all within a 10-minute drive to downtown. Donner Springs is a well-established residential community on the edge of downtown, near major freeways.
Reno may be one of the best kept secrets in Nevada, and certainly worth taking a look at.