Lace up your walking shoes and take in the region’s rich history and emerging arts scene. Here are a few great options if you want to log some miles while also experiencing Reno Tahoe’s rich culture.
Reno’s MidTown District is teeming with unique shops, trendy bars and restaurants, and more than 60 larger-than-life murals by local, national and international artists. Download the interactive mural map for a self-guided tour, or take part in one of the docent-led tours offered every second Saturday at 11 a.m.
If you find yourself downtown, perhaps grabbing a bite to eat or taking in a show, take the scenic route and explore the Reno Playa Art Park, which features sculptures from Burning Man 2016. Located on Virginia Street, the park contains a mural, mirror-steel butterflies hovering 17 feet over the park, an electric dandelion, and the Biggest Little Horseshoe – just to name a few.
A walk along the Truckee River is the perfect way to spend a sunny day in Reno. Grab a cup of coffee and stroll through the Bicentennial Sculpture Park, located across from the main island of Wingfield Park. From a granite sculpture of a rodent indigenous to the Great Basin to abstract pieces open to viewers’ interpretation, both locals and visitors are drawn to this public art installation.
Take a step back into the Wild West with a day trip to Virginia City, a short drive from downtown Reno. Home of the Comstock Lode, the largest deposit of silver ore ever discovered, and one of the largest mining camps west of Denver, it is rich in history. Guided, half-day tours of the community are available, or park and get your steps in while you take in the rich history of this unique town.
Nevada’s state capital, Carson City, is a charming town with plenty of historic and cultural landmarks. The Kit Carson Trail offers visitors the opportunity to experience 1800s-era Victorian-style homes, museums and churches. Printable maps are available, and the VisitCarsonCity app allows you to listen to stories as you walk.
Evidence of Nevada’s rich history can be found on the very rocks that make up the desert landscape. Rock art – either painted pictographs or engraved petroglyphs – can be found in several areas within a short drive of Reno. Grimes Point, Hidden Cave and Hickison Summit are just a few places you will find ancient rock art. Visitors to the Kyburz Flat Interpretive Area, located just north of Truckee, are guided through 2,000 years of human history.