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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.
  • 16. Award-Worthy Angling

    709 State St, Nixon, NV, USA
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    Pyramid Lake Fishing
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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