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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.
  • 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.
  • 17. Step Into a Fairytale

    State Hwy 431, Reno, NV, USA
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    Frozen meets Snow White when you snowshoe up to Chickadee Ridge. Take a pocketful of bird seed and enjoy stunning snow-covered views of Lake Tahoe while wild birds eat from the palm of your hand.
  • 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.
  • 42. Carve Out Some Free Time

    Reno Ice - The Jennifer M. O'Neal Community Ice Arena, Wedge Parkway, Reno, NV, USA
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    Reno Ice Rink - Ultimate Winter Weekend
    If you're looking for some year-round festive fun, Reno Ice is the perfect place. Rent some skates and visit Reno's newest indoor winter attraction.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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