Often overshadowed by its more glitzy cousin to the south of the state (yes, I’m talking about Las Vegas), Reno has its own fair share of great casinos, nightlife, arts, and activities. Here’s a sampling of what’s on offer in The Biggest Little City in the World.
Reno National Championship Air Races
Held in September each year, this Reno institution recently celebrated its 50th year in operation. It’s one of the premier air racing events in the US, and each year draws a healthy crowd of airplane enthusiasts eager to see some of the world’s best pilots navigate through the skies. During the month of September the Reno air field also plays host to the military, and displays of some of the most technologically advanced aircraft on the planet.
The Great Reno Balloon Race
Also held in September each year, the Great Reno Balloon Race is an awe-inspiring event to witness. Hundreds of hot air balloons dot the skies above Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park during this annual event. A warning if you’re not a morning person – this event takes place in the early morning hours from 4:30 AM to 10:00 AM. Events such as a Pajama Party and a Bed Head Judging competition keep this race pretty fun. Oh, and it’s free to attend.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the casinos of Reno. With over 15 lively and varied casinos in the downtown area, Reno may not have the numbers of bigger cities like Las Vegas, but it does have a more folksy feel. If you like slots with jackpots and tables with a western pioneer vibe, the casinos of Reno have a lot to offer.
National Automobile Museum
Now open again (and better than ever!) after a recent arson fire forced the closing of its doors, Reno’s National Automobile Museum sports over 200 vintage vehicles lovingly showcased in eye-catching displays. Some highlights of the museum include the 1949 Mercury Series 9CM six passenger coupe driven by James Dean in the movie Rebel Without a Cause, a 1973 Cadillac El Dorado Custom Coupe owned by Elvis Presley, and a 1962 Lincoln Continental 86 Coupe owned by President John F. Kennedy. Admission is $10 for adults and $4 for kids.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Reno?