Miss USA 2019 Grand Sierra Resort Reno

Miss USA Attendees’ Guide to Reno Tahoe

Reno Tahoe is excited to welcome the Miss USA Competition for the first time in the Biggest Little City! While you’re in Reno Tahoe, you want to dine, hike, shop and live like a local. To help you out, here are some tips for what to do once you’re here.

Exploring Reno – Downtown and Midtown

Being steps away from endless dining options and exciting events makes downtown Reno a popular choice while visiting the Biggest Little City. When you explore downtown, snap a selfie in front of the Reno Arch, see artwork straight from Burning Man and murals painted by local artists, or even try the Biggest Wall of Them All. Basecamp at Whitney Peak Hotel is home of the Guinness Book of World Records “World’s Tallest Artificial Climbing Wall” and Outside Magazine’s “12 Best Hotel Gyms in the US.” For any sports fanatics, take in the excitement of our professional soccer team, Reno 1868 FC, or our Minor League Baseball team, Reno Aces, at the Greater Nevada Field.

A few blocks south of downtown, Midtown Reno is an eclectic neighborhood area full of craft breweries, live music venues and a multitude of locally-owned independent stores. This is the perfect spot to spend the afternoon exploring boutique shops and local restaurants.

Take a Coffee Break

With so much to do in Reno Tahoe while in town for the 2019 Miss USA event, it’s easy to run out of energy! Keep yourself caffeinated throughout the day by visiting one of these favorite local coffee shops. With multiple locations, including one inside the Reno Town Mall across from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Hub Coffee Roasters provides an exhilarating coffee experience and unparalleled customer service. Dedicated to the pursuit of quality in all things coffee, Old World Coffee‘s caffeinated drinks range from specialty drinks to hand-brewed items. Stop by Coffeebar, a local favorite, and share their mission and passion for excellence in coffee and an appreciation for life best lived.

Shopping in Reno Tahoe

Treat yourself to a little retail therapy as the Biggest Little City is home to many shopping options that range from boutiques to antique stores to shopping malls. Conveniently located in the center of Reno, Meadowood Mall offers something for everyone with more than 100 stores, specialty retailers, salons and restaurants to explore.

Midtown is described as the new shopping scene with locally-owned independent stores, ranging from thrift shops to boutique shops and everything in between. For a unique thrifting experience, stop by Junkee, offering a variety of vintage clothing and decor. One of the newest Midtown destinations is Sticks, a center filled with distinct shops and eateries. Here, you will find trendy fashion for men and women at Nomad Boutique or Sierra Belle, where they carry local and handmade products.

The Outlets at Sparks, located at the Legends at Sparks Marina, and the Summit Reno are both open-air lifestyle shopping centers with a plethora of shops, specialty retailers and restaurants.

Wine and Dine

Eat like a local in Reno Tahoe with the multitude of delicious cuisine choices blending with the nightlife and culture of the city. A quintessential brewery and pub with two locations in town, Great Basin Brewing offers both lunch and dinner options with a large craft beer scene – including one of the region’s most popular and famous drinks, the Great Basin Icky IPA. Enjoy delectable cuisine from Wild River Grille, a contemporary restaurant located on the Riverwalk in downtown that offers nature-inspired influences. Walk along the Truckee River to Campo, a neighborhood restaurant with a culture centered around authenticity. Don’t forget to stop during happy hour from 3 – 6 p.m. daily!

Outdoor Activities

It’s no secret that we love the outdoors in Reno Tahoe. Experience some of the most popular hiking trails the Biggest Little City has to offer. The Tom Cooke Trail is right next to the Truckee River and provides scenic views throughout the 3.7-mile hike. Add variety to your hike when you ascend on the trailhead by accessing the side loop trail. Explore Rancho San Rafael Regional Park where you can take in a wetland habitat, the historic Ranch House, Wilbur D. May Museum, the May Arboretum, pastureland, and natural sage community features.

For a more difficult hike, check out Hunter Creek Trail. Located right outside of downtown, this trail rewards those that make it through the 5.7-mile hike with a spectacular flowing waterfall. Looking for other outdoor activities? The opportunities are endless.

Getting Around Reno Tahoe

Reno Tahoe provides multiple options for getting around town, such as:

  • Rental cars – Reno provides access to nine rental car agencies with vehicle pick-up available right outside the airport terminals.
  • Hotel shuttles – Many hotel resorts offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
  • Taxis, limousines, and ride-booking services – The Reno-Tahoe International Airport provides on-demand limousine service, nine taxi companies ready for pick up outside the airport, and Uber and Lyft services as well.
  • Public transportation – City bus service is provided by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Ride between the airport and downtown Reno. Check the public transportation schedule for times and routes.

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