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The Car From the Movie Titanic
The museum has so many cars from the late 1800's up to the present, to the very unique. They've got a gift shop. One old car you can sit in. It takes a couple of hours to make it through the museum and actually read about the different vehicles. A lot of famous people's cars in here too like John F. Kennedy's, John Wayne's, Sammy Davis Jr.'s, and the car used in the movie Titanic.
In August 2003 my nephew went to Reno to visit his grandparents. He and his uncle went on this huge swing in the Reno Hilton parking lot. He told his grandparents that would give him "braggin' rights", once he got home. His uncle loved it so much he tried to talk his Auntie McPangie into riding in September 2003... my reply was, "Are you nuts?"
Address: In the parking lot at the Reno Hilton in Reno, NV.
Directions: Won't be hard to find if you are driving around on the freeway system in Reno, NV.
Phone: 775) 786-7005
Wheel of Fortune
In May 2005 the Peppermill Casino is running a special drawing for people who are members of their track play awards program. A certain number of people will be picked this next week and get a chance at a try out to be on Wheel of Fortune. No Pat. No Vanna. They are only painted on the side of the bus.
In September 2004 (the first weekend after Labor Day), I went to watch some of the festivities down at San Rafael Park for The Great Reno Balloon Race, and created a little travelogue - Reno Is Full Of Hot Air. Every year over 100,000 spectators check out the high flying hot air wonders. It's really pretty. But, if you want to see them glowing like this picture, you have to wake up early.
You can see Reno from up high on SR431 coming down from either Virginia City or Mount Rose side. This picture was taken from the east side at sunset.
North of Town
The casinoes in Reno are lit up in different colors.
The two white towers in the foreground belong to Circus Circus, both towers have long streams of white lights down the side of the building.
The building with green floodlights is the Silver Legacy (their hotel). The sphere is on top the Silver Legacy's main casino. In that sphere they have the capability of putting on laser light shows, but don't.
The El Dorado is outlined with pink neon.
In the middle in the background (with no "building lights") are the two towers owned by Harrah's.
This image was taken from just across the I-80 in an old graveyard long since retired, using the chainlink fence as a makeshift tripod. Apparently there are plans to move the graves and use the land for a parking lot for the University of Reno. When the cemetery was started in the late 1800's, this hill was on the edge of town.
Happy New Year From Reno, Nevada
Each New Year's Eve in downtown Reno Virginia Street is blocked off and thousands gather to watch a fireworks display shot of the roofs of participating casinoes. I was lucky enough to be in Reno when 2000 was rang in, and the fireworks that year were absolutely awesome.
This picture was taken as 2004 was starting. The fireworks display wasn't as amazing, but the crowd didn't really seem to care.
The news kept talking about how the biggest party in the western United States was down in Las Vegas, but the people in the streets of Reno didn't seem to mind that either!
El Dorado Casino
I'll go back earlier in the evening when the Silver Legacy's green flood lights are all on. But from this standpoint you see the pink of the El Dorado and the green of the Silver Legacy.
It used to be more dramatic from the distance about 4 years ago.
Fitzgerald's & Reno Sign
I haven't been to Las Vegas since I was 21, and I have to admit that Virginia Street isn't nearly so bright and bold as the Las Vegas Strip, but that doesn't mean the lights aren't fascinating. One of my favorite things about Reno is that from the distance all the casinoes in Reno are lit up in a rainbow of colors in the early evening hours (i.e. the Silver Legacy is green from the distance). And, if you want to explore the inside of the casinoes there are plenty.
Directions: Walk up and down Sierra and Virginia Streets to see the downtown casinoes at night.
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