Calling itself ‘the biggest little city in the world’, Reno in the state of Nevada is one of the most colourful cities in America. Much like Las Vegas, Reno is packed with casinos, theatres and entertainment venues covered in bright lights. However, even though there are a few similarities, Reno has its own identity and culture to make it stand out. In the city, you can visit art galleries, go for a stroll in the many municipal parks, head out to the desert and the Sierra Nevada or just go people watching. Reno is ideal for anyone who thinks that Las Vegas is a little too garish, although it can be pretty lively in parts. Here, the weather is usually warm, bordering on scorching in the summertime.
For some of the mountainous routes on the outskirts of Reno, something with more power than a supermini is ideal to drive. A hatchback would be great for urban and rural driving here.
Driving in Reno
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Important things to note
There are two major freeways going into Reno – the I-80 going from east to west and the US 395 going north to south.
Most traffic found in Reno during rush hour is on Virginia Street, going through downtown Reno. Avoid if possible on weekday mornings.
The US 50 freeway, despite being relatively direct, is pretty tight around the nearby mountains, making for longer journeys into and out of Reno.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Nevada Museum of Art, built in 2003, is one of the finest examples of contemporary architecture in the country. The museum itself is home to touring exhibits which go around the US or worldwide, while local works are also shown here.
Away from the busy parts of Reno, California Avenue is an ideal place to go boutique shopping or, on an evening, for a lovely meal at one of its many restaurants. The street looks at its best amid the famous Nevada sunset.
There are a number of parks worth visiting if you like the idea of having some quiet time. Wingfield Park near the Truckee River has an open-air amphitheatre; Ranch San Rafael Park is near the university and has an arboretum while Idlewild Park is home to a rose garden.
At night, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, the casinos are well worth a look. Silver Legacy is one of the newest, boasting several restaurants as well as a variety of slot machines. Grand Sierra Resort is the largest in Reno, not far from the city’s airport,
Reno-Tahoe International Airport is just over three miles southeast of downtown Reno. The airport has one main passenger terminal with two concourses. The airport serves mainly domestic flights at the moment, largely to the biggest cities in the US.
The airport is easily accessible from the I-580, which takes you north towards the centre of Reno. It is linked by Terminal Way.