Welcome to Reno, Nevada!
Known as the “Biggest Little City in the World,” Reno might not be the tourist hot spot that Las Vegas is, but it is located in the beautiful northern part of Nevada, along the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Reno is an interesting place; while it has some of the glitz and glamour of Vegas, it is family-friendly. Oriented to those who might not be in Nevada for the typical “Vegas” experience, it’s the perfect place for the worldwide local looking for something a little different.
Reno is a great place for worldwide locals offering some beautiful outdoor spaces, fun activities that aren’t just gambling, and some interesting sights as well.
Worldwide Local Tip: The Reno Police are notorious for being a bit over the top. People from other states have even been issued fines and tickets fraudulently. It’s best to stay away from power-tripping officers entirely; so follow the law to a “T” and watch your alcohol consumption.
Where to Begin
You’ll be raring to go once you’ve dropped off your bags at one of the Reno hotels, but you might be at a loss for where to begin. Perhaps one of the most iconic landmarks around Reno, and even in Nevada as a whole, is Lake Tahoe. While Lake Tahoe is, technically, a little way outside the city limits of Reno, it should absolutely be on your list of things to do during your trip. Located between California and Nevada, the lake is considered one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. Hang out at the lakes’ beautiful beaches, go boating, or hike along the mountains that surround the lake for a spectacular view. People from all over the world and the country, come here to marvel at its azure waters.
Worldwide Local Tip: For a little more obscure lake trip outside Reno, check out Pyramid Lake, instead. The lake is made up of rocky pyramid formations that cross over the waterline, but the lake is also steeped in myth. It’s said to be haunted by ghost babies from Native tribes, leaving undesired babies here and the lake is said to be cursed.
Enjoy the Reno Weather on the Truckee River
Reno is part of Nevada’s history. It’s said that the reason the city flourished, is due to a tax that was charged on people coming through on their way to the gold rush in California. The taxing location was on the bridge, crossing the Truckee River, but today the Truckee River is a pleasant place to spend a warm afternoon. Cruise along the walk and check out some of Reno’s restaurants and galleries, or head into some of the casinos to try your hand at a game or two. Walking along the Truckee Riverwalk is a perfect way for to people watch and explore the city.
Worldwide Local Tip: If simply walking along and checking things out isn’t exciting enough for you, try the Truckee Wine Walk. For about $20 USD, you can walk along the Riverwalk while taking in all the sights and stopping in select locations to taste some fine California wines. This includes tastings in different galleries and restaurants.
Don’t Miss One of the Unique Things to Do in Reno
Nevada as a whole is a bit of a weird place. There are some pretty good museums around the city of Reno, but you can find those on any tour guide. Instead, head to Reno’s most obscure and esoteric museum, Wilbur D. May Museum. Mr. Mays inherited a fortune from his father, and instead of continuing his father’s business, he decided to travel the world having adventures. Like many early 20th century adventurers, he amassed a large collection of weird things from all around the world that can now be found here. Ancient Japanese swords, African tribal masks, elephant tusks, taxidermy animals, and even a shrunken head can be seen here.
Worldwide Local Tip: For more weirdness, the Natural Selection shop is a little less of a tourist destination, to check out. While technically a store, the shop is also filled to the brim with interesting taxidermy and natural history-type trinkets and souvenirs. Run by a mother-daughter duo shop that is definitely worth checking out.
Enjoy Your Stay!
Reno is a place a worldwide local will love, where you can find beautiful nature, interesting history, and some unforgettable things you won’t find anywhere else. You don’t have to be into gambling and partying to enjoy it, though if you are, you’re always welcome in Reno.