Reno Tahoe Vacations
What began as a diminutive community built to serve westward travelers in the mid-1800s has become a bustling city that acts as the gateway to outdoor adventure in Nevada, aptly known as "America’s Adventure Place."
Back then, Reno was made famous by movies such as "The Women" and "The Misfits" put Reno on the map as the divorce capitol of the world. In fact, in those days, the words "Reno Nevada vacation" were simply a euphemism for "getting a divorce." The famous Reno divorce ranches provided a perfect setting for sensationalized divorce stories. Since most of the guests of these ranches were young women, there was never a shortage of ambitious men hanging around trying to help the poor gals pick up the pieces, so to speak.
Today, Reno has been reinventing itself as a cultural center and host to some of the most exciting special events in North America. Today, the words "Reno Nevada vacation" imply all sorts of fun and excitement. When you decide to tour Reno Nevada, you will discover countless things to see and do.
Within an hour's drive, there are 15 ski resorts, 90 golf courses, Lake Tahoe, the state capital Carson City, thousands of mountain biking and hiking trails, several lakes that are perfect for fishing and boating, and the entire length of the Truckee River, which runs right through the center of Reno's downtown. Couple those activities with Reno's hotels and gaming, plus a growing nightlife, and you have the perfect place to put up for a few days and enjoy some recreation.
There are many exciting guided Reno tours you can take on your Reno Nevada vacation. Adventurous drivers may want to try their luck on a backcountry ATV tour of the Rubicon Trail. This can be a spine-tingling way to tour Reno Nevada.
There are also a number of Reno tours you can create for yourself. You may choose to begin in Downtown Reno; Virginia Street is the center for most of the areas gambling and special events. Check out the famous Reno Arch, which was erected in 1926 in celebration of the completion of the Transcontinental Highway through Reno. The sign declares Reno as "The Biggest Little City in the World."
The heart of the Reno downtown renaissance is the Riverwalk District, the lifeline of the popular, once-a-month wine walk. Kayakers can enjoy the Truckee River Whitewater Park (the centerpiece of the annual Reno River Festival), conveniently located downtown next to an eclectic mix of shops and eateries.
Car enthusiasts should visit the National Automobile Museum if they can’t make it to Hot August Nights, Reno’s famous classic-car event. Plans are in the works for a downtown Triple-A baseball stadium planned to open in the Spring of 2009, an outdoor superstore Cabela’s recently opened west of downtown in Verdi and Scheels is opening in late September 2008.
If you wish to explore cultural activities on your Reno, Nevada vacation, plan to visit in July. This is when downtown Reno has its "Reno Is Art Town" event. If you want to attend a Reno concert, ballet, art show, ballet performance or poetry reading, this is the place to go. The Pioneer Center for the Performing arts is another excellent venue for a Reno concerts. The theatre is home to the Reno Philharmonic, the Nevada Festival Ballet and the Nevada Opera.
Before or after any performance, you can take a walk along the Truckee River Walk and watch the river as it flows from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake and the Lahontan Valley. If you walk east towards downtown Reno, you will pass the place where divorcees have thrown their wedding bands into the water.
If you tire of the Reno party animals, you may want to visit the horses at the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center. This is the place to get up close and personal with a wild mustang. The Nevada Bureau of Land Management rounds up these wild horses and brings them to the center where they receive food, water and medical treatment. You can adopt a horse for $125. While this may seem like an impulsive decision, it may be a wiser choice than a having a quickie marriage ceremony with someone you just met at a Reno Nevada casino!
Speaking of casinos in Reno, there are a few that you will want to visit on your Reno Nevada vacation. The casinos in Reno have some of the newest multi-coin, multi-game videos. The slot machines have exciting play themes and games which include poker, blackjack and keno. You can test your luck at nickel payback or multi-million dollar progressive jackpots. If you get your kicks from table games, Reno Nevada casinos have blackjack, roulette, craps, poker, baccarat and pai gow.
From the small town that began as Lake’s Crossing, a town set up in the meadows surrounding the Truckee River to service settlers making their way toward California, to the Metro center Reno has become. There isn't much the Biggest Little City in the World is missing, so a Reno vacation gives any vacationer the opportunity to have a little fun and try something new.