Under an hour's drive away, the glittering sapphire-blue waters of Lake Tahoe are a sight to behold. Fringed by forests in the midst of mountain scenery, this is not only a place to lap up the view but to sun yourself on a beach, hike the trails or try out a huge range of watersports. In winter, reliably powdery snowfall transforms Tahoe into a skier's paradise.
Hit the Town
Reno's casino resorts bring with them not only the chance for a flutter, but top quality entertainment courtesy of their showrooms and cabaret lounges. Elsewhere there's big name acts at the Reno Events Center; Broadway shows at the Pioneer Center; and a happening club and music scene covering everything from blues to rap and electronica.
A real Wild West town from the silver rush era, this is the place to stroll along 19th century wooden boardwalks past saloons, shops, museums and restaurants. The spirit of times gone by is everywhere, and a trip on the Virginia and Truckee steam train through the heart of the old Comstock mining area comes complete with tall tales and fascinating historical facts.
In the heart of Reno is the Truckee River Whitewater Park, where canoeists and kayakers take on 11 drop-pools with midstream boulders, and class 2 and 3 rapids. Beginners can learn the ropes; experts can perfect their slalom, flat spinning and front flip techniques; tubers can ride inner tubes downstream; and anyone can sit on a flat rock by the side of the river to enjoy the action.
There are three great museums to visit in Reno. The Nevada Discovery Museum is tops for kids; the National Automobile Museum is a must for petrol heads; and the Nevada Museum of Art is beautiful both inside and out.