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How to Spend 1 Day in Reno

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. 

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Historic Donner Party, Immigrant Trail and Lake Tahoe Photo Tour from Reno

Historic Donner Party, Immigrant Trail and Lake Tahoe Photo Tour from Reno

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The Donner Party was the most famous tragedy in the history of the westward migration. Immerse yourself and relive the ill-faited Donner hardships and the rich historical importance of this area. Re- live the trials and struggles of the early pioneers that paved the way west to California and during the Gold Rush of 1849 and the Silver Comstock Load of 1859. The way West vie the Immigrant Trail, the Transcontinental Railroad and the Lincoln Hwy all of which passed through the Nevada Territory, Reno and the Sierras.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Horseback Riding Adventure from Reno

Horseback Riding Adventure from Reno

When visiting Reno, experience the dramatic landscape of Nevada on a horseback ride that traces the trails of the Wild West. Your guide provides you with a horse that matches your riding ability, then leads you on a ride with views of high desert plateaus and the the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada Range. Your tour includes snacks and round-trip transportation from Reno.
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ATV and Trap Excursion from Reno

ATV and Trap Excursion from Reno

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Take a break from the glitz and noise of Reno and make the most of the stunning Sierra Nevada vistas with this unique outdoor experience. Drive an ATV around the picturesque valleys, forests and alpine deserts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and try your hand at trap shooting at a specially-designed clay pigeon shooting platform right in the heart of the Sierras. With a guide on hand to coach you and lead you through your activities, this experience is great for shooters and off-road drivers of all experience levels.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$362.60
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Culinary & Cultural Reno Tour

Culinary & Cultural Reno Tour

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Taste your way around Reno, Nevada, on this food walking tour. An in-the-know guide whisks you around the downtown area to six different local-approved eateries. Enjoy tastings from specialty stores, artisan shops, and award-winning restaurants in off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods. In between tastings, get the inside scoop on Reno’s food scene and learn fun facts about the Biggest Little City.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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