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The northern Nevada city of Reno gives visitors many reasons to be excited. It has a hip bar and restaurant scene, sees a steady influx of top-tier musical entertainment, and hosts fast-paced casino gaming. As if that weren’t enough, Reno also has an enviable selection of museums, one of a kind boutiques, and picturesque parks.

Best time to travel

 

Because of Reno’s location near the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, it gets little rainfall and enjoys an average of 300 days of sunshine. Despite its hot summers that usher in temperatures as high as 92 degrees F (33 C) during the day, nighttime lows can dip to 50 degrees F (10 C). Spring and autumn are temperate and inviting, while cold winters often bring snow and ski enthusiasts eager to hit the slopes situated less than a 1-hour drive south in Lake Tahoe.

Not to miss

 

You’ll want to check out the up-and-coming Truckee River Arts District and MidTown neighbourhoods for its bars, restaurants, and shopping. In Reno’s downtown area, you’ll find casinos filled with table games and slot machines. During the summer, the Artown festival at Wingfield Park produces music and art events, while classic cars rev through Reno and Sparks during Hot August Nights. The annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival sees the classic playwright's works performed on a glorious waterfront stage. Look skyward in September to catch The Great Balloon Race’s 100 hot air balloons and the National Championship Air Races' zooming planes.

 

Getting around

 

Flights to Reno arrive in Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), which offers direct service from most major U.S. cities. To drive to Reno, the most direct route from the west or east is via Interstate 80. Within the cities of Reno and Sparks, the Regional Transportation Commission bus system follows various routes into the early evening and offers intercity travel to other locations. Much of Reno is walkable, but if you need a taxi, they are easy to find, either by calling, using an app, or flagging one down.

 

Cuisine

 

The Basque people have made the most notable contribution to Reno’s cuisine. Having migrated to the region in the 1840s from their homeland between northern Spain and southern France, the Basques settled in Reno as shepherds. Their cuisine, served family-style, typically centres on lamb chops or steak with a healthy dose of sides like beans, salad, potatoes, and bread. Two popular spots to try are Louis’ Basque Corner and the Santa Fe Hotel. Start off with a Picon Punch, a cocktail fashioned from Amaro liqueur, soda water, grenadine, lemon, and finished off with brandy.

 

Customs and etiquette

 

Between the gambling options and the plethora of late night venues, it’s no surprise that Reno is a fun time. Be mindful of the fact that many locals work in the city’s hospitality industry and tipping is generally expected. You should tip waiters between 15 and 20 percent, bartenders from 10 to 15 percent, and cocktail waitresses a couple of dollars. Reno is a very casual town, so while some nightclubs may require men to wear collared shirts and dress shoes, the rest of the city remains dress code-free.

 

Fast facts

 

  • Population: 225000
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  • Spoken languages: English, with some Spanish
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  • Electrical: 110 volts, 60 Hz, plug type A, B
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  • Phone calling code: 775
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  • Emergency number: 911