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  • 8. Hike For Capital Views

    1595 N Sierra St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Reno Skyline View Rancho San Rafael
    That giant, capital “N” high above the University of Nevada, Reno? It’s not just for show. Scramble up this moderate climb for rewarding views of the University, Rancho San Rafael Park and downtown Reno.
  • 10. Play Above the Rim

    1115 Tunnel Creek Road, Incline Village, NV, USA
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    Mountain Biking Lake Tahoe
    The sister ride to the Flume Trail, the Tahoe Rim Trail is a beginner-friendly version that is every bit as scenic. Starting at Tahoe Meadows, this ride is doable in a day if you don’t get lost in the jaw-dropping views of Tahoe along the way.
  • 13. Fall for Reno Tahoe

    18350 Mt Rose Hwy, Reno, NV, USA
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    Fall in Reno Tahoe
    Fall in Reno Tahoe makes for the ideal hiking climate. Not only do temps drop, but some hikes, like Whites Creek Trail and its towering aspen groves, change to fiery shades of red, orange and yellow.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 46. Fold Down the Seats

    555 El Rancho Dr, Sparks, NV, USA
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    El Rancho Drive In
    The drive-in movie theater is one of America’s longest standing institutions and it's still going strong at West Wind El Rancho in Sparks. Pro tip: save cash and bring all the snacks you want from home. And don’t forget extra pillows.
  • 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.
  • 59. Orange You Glad We Said Cabana?

    Peppermill Reno, 2707 S Virginia St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Peppermill Resort Casino Reno Pool and Cabanas
    Keep it cool on a hot Reno Tahoe summer day with a poolside cabana at the Peppermill Spa and Pool. Lay low in the shade, dip your toes in the shallow end or head to Sole Poolside for a drink with a little umbrella in it.
  • 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.”
  • 81. What's the Buzz About?

    727 Riverside Dr, Reno, NV, USA
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    Hub Coffee
    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.
  • 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.
  • 100. Sit Fireside

    Peppermill Reno, 2707 S Virginia St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Fireside Lounge Peppermill Resort Casino Reno
    Opened more than four decades ago, the Fireside Lounge is continually voted Reno’s best bar and lounge year after year. This storied watering hole is adored for its vintage vibe, plush booths and an iconic fire pit.
  • 103. Hardly Contain Our Excitement

    16 S Sierra St, Reno, NV, USA
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    Matador Travel Influencers Reno Tahoe
    Part shipping container park, part beer garden, all kinds of fun. Since its inception, The Eddy has been the Riverwalk’s go-to for all the cheers and lawn games you’d expect – and the art exhibits, fitness classes, and other events you wouldn’t.
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