Downtown Reno is in the midst of an urban Renaissance. Through a comprehensive program of redevelopment, private investment and rehabilitation, the downtown corridor has been improved to bring more shopping, eateries and pedestrian-friendly spaces, as well as recreational features.
While visiting Reno, take advantage of the Riverwalk District located on the Truckee River corridor. Here you will find great cafes and bars like Silver Peak Grill and Taproom, the Sierra Tap House, Imperial Bar and Lounge, and Wild River Bar and Grille. All are located near downtown casino-hotels and Wingfield Park, where throughout the summer months the amphitheater plays host to free concerts and festivals.
If adventure is your thing, The Truckee River Whitewater Park offers kayakers and rafters 11 drop-pools, and a race course with a total of 2,600 feet of water features. The park has been engineered to be safe for any skill level. Each May, the Reno River Festival showcases some of the best kayakers in the country as they compete in freestyle and racing competitions. Inner-tube, kayak and raft rentals are available on site.
From its source in Tahoe City on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, all the way through Reno to where it deposits in Pyramid Lake, the Truckee River is an outdoor playground. For fishermen and women, the Truckee overflows with rainbows and browns. There is even an extensive catch-and-release fly-fishing only section above Reno.
And when you are talking about the river, you can’t overlook Reno’s premier art event, Artown. During the month of July, downtown Reno transforms into a cultural center with gallery shows, live performances, and other cultural events. Described by the National Endowment for the Arts as, "One of the most comprehensive art festivals in the country" Artown entertains crowds with over 300 performing and visual arts events at 82 locations, many of them free.