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  • 7. Make a Ski Day Of It

    22222 Mt Rose Hwy, Reno, NV, USA
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    Mt Rose Ski Resort Reno Tahoe
    At 8260', Mt. Rose boasts the highest base elevation of Reno Tahoe’s ski resorts and its event calendar stands just as tall. After skiing impressive terrain, enjoy cookouts, live music, costume parties and even stein races in ski boots.
  • 9. Ski Like an Olympian

    1960 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Valley, CA, USA
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    Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Tahoe
    Squaw Valley Ski Resort’s famous Headwall zone combines big lake views with some of the most technical runs in the world for an unmatched day on the slopes. Once you’ve had your fill, find epic après ski spots at the Village at Squaw Valley. Photo courtesy of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.
  • 16. Award-Worthy Angling

    709 State St, Nixon, NV, USA
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    Fishing at Pyramid Lake Reno Nevada
    The Lahontan cutthroat trout is renowned for putting up a helluva fight and they call the shores of Pyramid Lake their home. Grab a Pyramid Lake fishing permit and chase these trophy giants.
  • 27. Harness Your Creative Energy

    1240 Icehouse Ave, Sparks, NV, USA
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    The Generator Burning Man Reno Sparks
    Ever wonder where the massive art installations at Burning Man are made? For many of them, it’s at The Generator in Sparks, where artists, builders and first-time crafters can use the creative space for their personal projects or take workshop classes. Photo courtesy of TravelNevada
  • 28. World's Wildest Garage

    10 Lake St, Reno, NV, USA
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    National Automobile Museum Reno, NV
    The National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno houses some of the rarest cars known to man. Admire yourself in the side of a copper and teak Rolls Royce or check out celebrity rides like The Duke’s ‘53 Corvette while in downtown Reno.
  • 36. Put the "Art" in "Party"

    160 W Liberty St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Christine Tran Reno Tahoe Arts and Culture
    Nevada’s only accredited art museum also knows how to throw a party. When you’re not contemplating the intricacies of art from around the world and Nevada, belly up to the bloody mary bar at Sunday brunch or sip a cocktail on the roof at First Thursdays.
  • 43. Never Stop Discovering

    490 S Center St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum
    We firmly believe in “you grow old once you stop playing,” so that’s why we recommend The Discovery. Downtown Reno’s exploratorium is an everyday science and learning center for kids and an after-hours special event space for young-at-heart adults.
  • 44. Back the Pack

    1664 N Virginia St, Reno, NV, USA
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    University of Nevada Reno Wolf Pack Basketball
    The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack. University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack Athletics are year-round conference contenders in just about every major sport. Catch a game or two for a howling good time.
  • 50. Gotta Go Fast

    6895-B Sierra Center Pkwy., Reno, NV, USA
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    Teen-Approved Activities in Reno Tahoe
    There are go-karts, and then there’s Need 2 Speed. We’re talking high performance, white-knuckle karts that kick it up to 45 mph, leaving lesser vehicles eating their dust. Who will win the bragging rights in your group?
  • 55. Ready, Set, Relax

    Atlantis Casino Resort Spa . Reno, 3800 S Virginia St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Atlantis Reno Spa
    Luxuriously designed and beautifully appointed, Spa Atlantis is the only spa in Northern Nevada to receive the highly-coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star designation. Check in at 8 a.m. and stay till close at 9 p.m. for a true spa day.
  • 57. Steam and Dream

    2001 Foothill Rd, Genoa, NV, USA
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    David Walleys Hot Springs Nevada
    So you had a perfect day on the slopes. Know what would make it better? A muscle-melting soak at David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort, conveniently located at the base of the Sierras.
  • 61. Not Your Kid's Pool Party

    2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Grand Sierra Resort Reno Pool
    Ain’t no party like a pool party, and Grand Sierra Resort is where it’s at. Light up your nights with the pool's live DJ and then wind down poolside in a cabana or at the GSR Spa in a cozy robe and some of those delightfully fuzzy slippers.
  • 68. Junk in Your Trunk

    960 S Virginia St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Junkee Clothing Midtown Reno
    One of Midtown’s long standing cultural institutions is Junkee Clothing Exchange, a one-of-a-kind store that’s part costume shop, part thrift store and part vintage shop. Don’t be surprised to find yourself leaving the parking lot with a truck load of goods from the undisputed champion of eclectic Midtown vibes.
  • 69. Look the Part

    135 N Sierra St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Reno Envy downtown Reno
    When in Reno Tahoe, right? Head over to Home Means Nevada for Silver State-themed shirts, hats, and souvenirs before checking out the Reno Tahoe Visitor Center. You'll be looking Battle Born-and-raised in no time.
  • 76. Legends Has It

    1310 Scheels Drive, Sparks, NV, USA
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    Legends at Sparks Outlet Shopping Reno Sparks
    The Outlets at Legends definitely doesn’t fit the typical outdoor mall bill. Sure, there are the upscale bargains and good eats among its 45 stores and restaurants, but also historic markers of Nevada’s history and state lore scattered throughout.
  • 81. What's the Buzz About?

    727 Riverside Dr, Reno, NV, USA
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    Hub Coffee Roaster Reno Riverwalk
    Out-of-towners might not believe it, but Reno's become one of the biggest coffee cultures in the West. Our pick is one of the oldest and most loved: Hub Coffee Roasters. Come for the meticulously brewed pour-overs and latte art, stay for the river views and dog-friendly atmosphere.
  • 83. Learn to Take a Punch

    301 E 4th St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Louis Basque Restaurant Reno Picon Punch
    Did you know Northern Nevada is rich in Basque heritage and culture? It’s on full display at Louis’ Basque Corner, where they serve up traditional comfort food “family style” (lots of food, lots of sharing) along with their famous Picon Punch, which hits more like a haymaker.
  • 88. A Fossil of Reno Brewing

    845 Victorian Ave, Sparks, NV, USA
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    Great Basin Beer Reno-Sparks
    Of course, Nevada’s oldest brewery would sell a flagship beer named after a dinosaur. Thus, the Icky IPA (short for Ichthyosaur, Nevada’s state fossil) was born and, subsequently, loved by Reno’s original craft beer scene. Don't leave Reno without trying this quintessential Northern Nevada brew.
  • 94. Chew Chew

    325 E 4th St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Reno Brewery & Lake Tahoe Brewery
    Reno’s first combined brewery and distillery is also one of the more beautiful places to grab brunch. Originally the main stop on the NV-CA-OR Railway, the Depot now serves comforting American fare and their own brand of craft beer and spirits.
  • 96. Old But Gold

    Genoa Bar and Saloon, 2282 Main St, Genoa, NV, USA
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    Genoa Thirst Parlor Bar Nevada
    If you haven’t noticed by now, we’ve got a thing for our Wild West roots. That’s why there’ll always be soft spots in our hearts for the Genoa Bar and Saloon, where Nevada’s oldest thirst parlor has been wetting whistles since 1853. Photo courtesy of Sydney Martinez/TravelNevada
  • 105. Keep It Rolling

    Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel, 1, Lake St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Bundox Bocce Renaissance Downtown Hotel Reno
    Move over, cornhole. The newest lawn game of the moment is bocce ball, and the absolute best spot to play is Bundox Bocce. Play on their full size, freshly carpeted courts, then settle any disputes with skeeball and table tennis. Loser buys drinks.
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