Welcome to the Reno area! The Biggest Little City In The World, cradled between the Sierra Nevadas and Lake Tahoe, is famous for its rugged natural beauty, unique casinos and resorts, and quirky/fantastic cultural venues and activities.
Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center
Celebrated for its striking hyperbolic paraboloid design by Ray Hellman, listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, and located on the University of Nevada campus, enter and encounter outer space-themed exhibits that’d drive Walter White wild. 1664 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 8955.
Rancho San Rafael Park
Size matters. The largest park of its kind in Reno spans hundreds of acres, offering nature areas running from a xeriscape, massive lakes, mountain and desert, wetlands, and more! Initially a cattle ranch, you can still see two ranch houses on the grounds. Meander trails, fish, play volleyball, picnic, or explore the beautiful environment. 1595 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503.
Nevada Museum of Art
Focusing on the interrelationship between the environment and humanity, you can view art from the interior galleries to the outer sculpture gardens. Completed in 1931, the Black Rock Desert inspired the 2000s redesign. Then, climb the suspended staircase (to heaven) for a sensational city skyline view! 160 W Liberty St, Reno, NV 89501.
Running from Lake Tahoe to the Truckee River, downtown to Sparks, and then Pyramid Lake, the Tahoe-Pyramid Trail descends approximately 2,000 feet within 116 miles filled with breathtaking vistas. Mystic Rd, Floriston, CA 96111.
National Bowling Stadium
Nicknamed the Taj Mahal of Tenpin, the backdrop for the Farrelly Brothers’ film, Kingpin, and possessing 78 lanes, the five-story site has space for over 1,100 spectators. Plus, bowling-themed clubs (the Dude abides, man), a movie theater, and a branch of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. See an 80-foot aluminum bowling ball on the roof? There! 300 N Center St, Reno, NV 89501.
Wilbur D. May Museum
Engage with the personal collection of adventurer, explorer, and money-man Wilbur D. May. He piloted airplanes, bred terriers and racehorses, volunteered as a medic. And he collected rare and precious artifacts and objects on his travels, now showcased in this fun museum. Live well, collect playthings, leave a legacy. 1595 N Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503.
An education center and a home for wild animals who can’t be released or rehabilitated, the Ark covers 38 gorgeous acres. Living in comfortable habitats, the animals, many both natives of North America and predators: bears, cheetahs, bobcats, wolves, raptors, and reptiles, can reside in the sanctuary their entire lives. 1265 Deerlodge Rd, Reno, NV 89508.
Reigning over Commercial Row and Virginia Street, the Reno Arch was erected in 1926 in tribute to the Nevada Transcontinental Highway Exposition. Soon after, the city slogan, The Biggest Little City In The World, entered legend. So, come for the history; stay for the photo op! 155 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501.
Visit the inter-sanctum, the mecca of dispensaries in Reno. Yes, you, too, can enjoy a foray into a cannabis dispensary. Discover unique local strains of cannabis flowers, edibles, topicals, concentrates, and CBD products that soothe the body, ease the mind, and, as some would suggest, enhance every activity on this list. 1730 Glendale Ave, Sparks, NV 89431.
There’s something for everyone in the Biggest Little City in the World, filled with fun, bawdy history, outdoor adventure, fantastic casinos, and a riotous array of entertainment options.