"Reno-The biggest little city in the world" Top 5 Page for this destination Reno by TheTravelSlut

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Reno in the summer-hot, dry & windy (usually)

Reno is located in the Great Basin and lies at nearly 5,000 feet above sea level and is on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains and 15 miles east of the California border. Adjacent to Reno is the city of Sparks and the entire area is called the Truckee Meadows and includes about 10 different communities such as Verdi, Stead, and Sun Valley.

Reno is a large city despite its arch motto of "Biggest Little City in the World" and is diverse enough to offer everything you would find in a large city but still holds a little city ambience in most situations.

Because it is high desert, it does get hot during the summer months with averages in the 90's (F) and occasionally in the 100's (F) but nightly the temperature usually drops 20-40 degrees from the high so you might be wearing a t-shirt in the day and a light sweater at night.

The Truckee River rolls through downtown Reno (it is fed primarily by Lake Tahoe overflow) and ends at Pyramid Lake. The river offers many activities from kayaking to fishing.

Two links to Reno information include: http://www.reno.com/ and


Reno in winter-cold, dry & windy-snowy (usually)

Reno in the winter can be colder than Lake Tahoe about 20 miles southwest of downtown and Lake Tahoe is almost 2,000 feet higher in elevation. This occurs during inversions where cold air is trapped on the valley floor (Truckee Meadows).

Temperatures in the Reno area during winter often hover around 50 degrees (F) during the day and drop to the teens and 20's during nightfall with snow & ice occuring regularly. Be prepared to drive in snow or on ice if you visit between November to May.

There is no skiing in Reno proper but there are many resorts within 30-60 minutes of Reno, the closest being Mt. Rose ski area (the Mt. Rose Highway summit linking Reno to north Lake Tahoe is at 8,900 feet in elevation).

Reno offers more than drinking & gambling & ....

Contrary to popular belief, prostitution and brothels are illegal in Reno (Washoe County) but about 10 miles east of downtown Reno just south of Interstate 80 lies the first of several legal brothels in Storey County (of Virginia City & Ponderosa fame).

There is alcohol and gambling available 24 hours a day in casinos and you will even find slot machines in grocery stores, 7-11 convenience stores and drug stores.

The Reno area offers so much more though with some type of major festival or event weekly during the spring-summer-fall months and monthly or so during the winter.

The Reno Air Races, Hot August Nights, Reno Rodeo, Great Reno Balloon Races to name a few events that draw thousands of people from all over the world.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:4 seasons, has both lots of indoor or outdoor activities & close to Lake Tahoe
  • Cons:Traffic congestion, crowds during major events
  • In a nutshell:Reno is not Las Vegas, never has been, never will be.
  • Last visit to Reno: Jun 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2011 at 7:35 AM

    Must get myself here on one of my visits. But 2011 is already promised to elsewhere - so, I'll have to plan another trip! LOL! Gillybob greetings

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Greetings from Englewood .Happy Thanksgiving. Great Reno pages.

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    There sure are a lot of "Hot August Night" imitations these days. Seems like a huge number of cities all over are doing that now.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    I hope to get back to this area one day-You presented a good description of the town and its sites.

  • cnango's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Hi Ann, What an inmformative page on Reno. Glad to read about the events like Hot August Nights, I 'll have to go sometime. GR8 old car pics as well : )

  • Lhenne1's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    I love your pictures. I've only ever been to Reno going from the airport to Tahoe. I'll have to stop for a bit next time!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    interesting page. i'va alays thought of reno as kind of 'vegas lite'.

  • matt10gonzalez's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Oh! I never knew there was a hot air balloon here in Reno! Oh wow! When I come back here, I better save my money for a ride! Haha! I wanna ride the hot air balloon too! :)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    What a great "Little" page! Sounds like there's always fun on-tap in this town. Great pictures too, Ann.

  • Hexepatty's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2007 at 6:58 AM

    A dear friend of mine lives in Reno. Gotta visit that boy! Thanks for the tips!

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