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  • 15. Party Like It's 1846

    12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA, USA
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    Donner Lake Donner Peak Hike
    Named after the infamous Donner Party, Donner Memorial State Park is home to recreational activities like fishing, camping and swimming. Stop by the Visitor Center for a history lesson of the area including Washoe life and the Chinese railroad builders.
  • 26. Save the Best for Last

    Woodchuck Circle, Reno, NV, USA
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    Hunter Creek Waterfall
    The Hunter Creek Trail is a perfectly accessible out-and-back made all the more rewarding by the majestic waterfall waiting for you at the end. Did we mention it’s only 10 minutes from downtown Reno?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 45. Hot Dogs, Side of Baseball

    Greater Nevada Field, 250 Evans Ave, Reno, NV, USA
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    Reno Aces Baseball Greater Nevada Field
    If you ask us, every day is a perfect day for baseball. But no day is quite like Sunday, when the Reno Aces sling $1 hot dogs all afternoon long. Take the family (heck, might as well invite extended relatives at that price) and gain some serious MVP status (Most Valuable Parent).
  • 51. The World's Largest All-Sports Store

    1200 Scheels Drive, Sparks, NV, USA
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    Scheels Ferris Wheel All-Sports Store Sparks Nevada
    You read that right. The Scheels store in Sparks is 295,000 square feet of sporting goods, outdoor gear and fitness wear. You could fit a Ferris wheel inside the thing. We know because they did. And yes, you can ride it.
  • 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.
  • 58. Grab the Rim

    970 Harvard Way, Reno, NV, USA
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    Mesa Rim Climbing Gym Reno
    Whether you’re a rock star on the ropes or a casual climber, you need a place to hone your skills for the real deal. Train safely on the next closest thing at Mesa Rim, Reno’s indoor climbing Mecca.
  • 63. Geothermal Super Soakers

    16010 S Virginia St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Steamboat Hot Springs Reno Tahoe
    Instead of soaking your aching muscles and mind after the fact, take a more preemptive approach at Steamboat Hot Springs. This historical landmark only operates on natural, geothermal springs.
  • 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.
  • 74. Curiosity Filled the Cart

    39 St Lawrence Ave, Reno, NV, USA
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    Natural Selection Shopping Midtown Reno Abbey Kay
    Natural Selection is a store of conversation starters for any space. Lush exotic plants and natural oddities adorn the shelves. Think ethically-sourced taxidermy, antlers, skulls, insect displays and, in their own words, “all things glorious and natural.”
  • 86. Sought After Seafood

    1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV, USA
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    Nugget Casino Resort Sparks Nevada
    It's not all sushi when it comes to seafood in Reno Tahoe, and the Oyster Bar at the Nugget Casino Resort proves it. Don't visit without trying their pan roast, a hearty soup of shrimp, clams and oysters so addicting, that patrons eventually begged the recipe our of the casino's original owner.
  • 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.
  • 90. Dessert Playa

    Black Rock Desserts and Creamery, California Avenue, Reno, NV, USA
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    Black Rock Dessert Reno Ice Cream
    Don’t get confused with the Black Rock Desert. We’re talking desserts. Black Rock Dessert is changing the ice cream game. With names like Trash Fence, Cereal Chiller, and Dust Storm you just know you’re in for a major treat. Plus, the unique rotating flavors are made by hand and locally. It really doesn’t get better than this.
  • 95. Bar None

    26 Cheney St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Death & Taxes Bar Midtown Reno
    More often than not, the average Renoite will tell you the best drinks in town are at Death and Taxes. Operating out of their speakeasy-style digs, this Midtown stalwart crafts carefully considered cocktails with dazzling flavors that belie their morbid namesake.
  • 104. Empty Out Your Pockets

    Playfield 76, North Arlington Avenue, Reno, NV, USA
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    No more standing in line for the lone Buckhunter game at the bar. Playfield 76 is a bar and arcade in Reno where you can find all those classic games from your childhood. Grab some quarters and challenge your friends for top scoreboard honors. Hungry after all your wins? Feast on some unique bites like poutine and cinnamon roll bread pudding.
  • 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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