How to Spend 1 Day in Reno
Reno may be famous for its casinos, hotels, and gold rush history, but since this city sits on the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains, visitors shouldn't miss the great outdoors. With one day in Reno, you can enjoy an outdoor activity—like a hot-air-balloon ride—and still hit the casino. Here’s how to make the most of a day in Reno.
Morning: Time in the Great Outdoors
Start your morning indulging in the landscape with a hot-air-balloon ride over the Sierra Nevada range. Most balloon rides include breakfast, so you can get fantastic views and fill up with a complimentary meal. Outdoor enthusiasts can opt for a guided horseback ride, while sports fans should try an ATV excursion with sport shooting in the wilderness. Since most Reno-area outdoor adventures include hotel pickup and drop-off, you're whisked right back to the city once your excursion is complete.
Afternoon: Exploring Downtown Reno
After your morning in the great outdoors, head back to Reno and spend your afternoon exploring on a guided walking tour. Hungry travelers should consider a culinary tour, since most hit several eateries, stop at culinary shops, and include tastings in the price. For a family-friendly option, try a scavenger hunt to see the sights and play a game while you wander. Most tours are self-paced and let you use your smartphone to lead the way, so you can take your time while you explore Reno's neighborhoods.
Night: Visiting the Casinos and Taking in a Show
No trip to Reno is complete without a stop at the casino. Visit Virginia Street in Downtown Reno to find numerous hotels and casinos. Start with a stroll—to enjoy the flashing neon signage—and pass by the famous Reno Arch for a perfect photo op. Along the way, stop into any casino that catches your eye. Several offer 24-hour gaming, floor shows, and concerts, while the resort casinos typically have dance clubs and bars if you're up for a late night on the town.