By Brooke Marshall
Save the gambling for Vegas; there’s so much more to Reno than casinos. “The Biggest Little City in the World” is a gateway to outdoor adventures from stunning hikes to desert hot springs, and whitewater kayaking to world-class skiing.
You don’t even have to leave the city limits to get your outdoor fix. Hop on a bike or follow your feet down the Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, the Truckee Riverwalk and the Crooked Mile to explore the many green spaces lining the river. Take a stroll through the Oxbow Nature Study Area, stop and smell the roses at Idlewild Park or enjoy a picnic at Wingfield Park in the heart of the Riverwalk District.
Reno is truly a paradise for art lovers: more than 120 murals decorate some 20,000 square feet of downtown and midtown, and the city’s proximity to the Black Rock Desert makes it a natural locale for Burning Man sculptures. A steel-and-stained-glass pair of humpback whales cavort in City Plaza; the 49-foot Desert Guard – inspired by the armor of Genghis Khan and the desire for a healthier relationship between humans and technology – stands sentinel on 4th Street; and Reno’s Neon Line District hosts a shifting series of interactive sculptures.
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