Reno’s nickname is “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Here, you’ll find a large variety of casinos and entertainment options, delicious food, and just about anything you want to see or do. As the second most populous city in the state, Reno has a population of about a quarter of a million people. There are so many things to see and do here that you may feel a little overwhelmed at first. Don’t worry — you’ll enjoy your visit. You’ll have all the options you love for a great trip.

Early Morning

Start your visit off relaxed and easy. When you wake up at your hotel, you have several great dining options to choose from for breakfast. Whether you decide to jump up and hit the town or you start your day off slow, your Reno trip should begin with an outstanding meal.

For one of the best breakfasts in the city, check out Peg’s Glorified Ham n’ Eggs. They have four Reno locations and are open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The breakfast menu is quite extensive. Choose from classics such as corned beef hash and eggs or a Belgian waffle. If you’re looking for something a little different, don’t pass up the Loco Moco featuring white rice topped with ground beef, brown gravy, and two eggs. Their fresh-squeezed orange juice is a perfect way to kick off your Reno adventure.

Another popular breakfast stop is Two Chicks, located at 752 S. Virginia St. Check it out from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Try the breakfast burrito with eggs, sausage, jack cheese, green chile, and pico de gallo. The biscuits and gravy are a great option as well. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, you need to try the apple cinnamon French toast.

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The Truckee River in Reno.

Midmorning

If you’re looking for something casual and fun to do after filling up on breakfast, head out for a walk along the Truckee River. The Truckee River Walk along Arlington Avenue in Wingfield Park offers some of the best views in the area. Any time of year, you’ll enjoy the casual stroll and the lush scenery.

If you’re interested in cars, don’t pass up the chance to visit the National Automobile Museum located at 10 S. Lake St. Here, you’ll find over 224 different cars and vehicles on display. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 62 and older, $6 for children ages six to 18, and free for children five and under.

Noon

After walking around all morning, you’ve probably built up a hefty appetite. There are so many great lunch options in Reno that you’ll have to decide what you’re in the mood for.

When you’re craving classic American food with a twist, hit up Old Granite Street Eatery at 243 S. Sierra St. Start off with a snack of house-made pickled vegetables, sweet bacon strips, or spinach and artichoke hummus. For your lunch, take a bite out of an outstanding grilled cheese sandwich or BLT. The wood-grilled tomato chutney burger satisfies all your cravings. And don’t forget something sweet to end your meal. Butterscotch pudding is a tasty option, or try the chocolate and salted caramel with cayenne pot de crème.

If you love seafood, head to 1401 S. Virginia St. to try Morgan’s Lobster Shack and Fish Market. Bite into a classic lobster roll or an oyster po’ boy. The surf and turf sliders are perfectly sized for a lighter, but still delectable, meal. Another great option is the lobster mac and cheese, with lobster meat, house bacon, Fontina cheese, and campanelle pasta.

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The Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral.

Afternoon

In the afternoon, the temperature rises and it’s time to cool off. One option is to visit the animals. However, if you’d rather try your hand at games of chance, head to any of the casinos in the city to get your bet on and cool down.

The Peppermill Casino is one of the most popular casinos in town. You’ll love the laid-back atmosphere and great lighting. Whether you hit the slot machines or sit at a table, there are options for everyone here. Other casinos to visit include Atlantis Casino, Casino at Silver Legacy Resort, and Casino at the Eldorado.

If you’re looking for something to do that doesn’t involve gambling, check out Animal Ark. Animal Ark is located at 1265 Deerlodge Road. While you’re here, you’ll get to see all types of animals including bears, tigers, owls, and foxes. Admission is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 62 and older, $7.50 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children ages 2 and under.

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The National Automobile Museum.

Late Afternoon

As the day starts to move toward evening, it’s time to start shopping. There are a few outstanding shopping districts throughout Reno where you can find everything you’re looking for and more.

Head to the Reno Riverwalk District for boutique shops, art galleries, and more. At Antiques and Treasures, you’ll find interesting gifts for everyone in your life. If you’re looking for eco-friendly products, check out La Terre Verte. Designer clothes for women are available at Label’s Consignment Boutique. For outstanding art pieces, check out Art Indeed Gallery.

When you want the best prices on your favorite brands, check out The Outlets at Legends. With outlet pricing like this, you’ll certainly go home with more stuff than you came with. Here, you’ll find some of your favorite stores like Zales, adidas, and LOFT, as well as a variety of shops that you may not have heard of before. If you’re feeling a bit hungry at this point, you can either hold off until dinner or hit the food court.

In the winter, consider visiting Mt. Rose Ski Resort. Here you can rent your ski equipment, take classes, or simply hit the slopes. Season passes are available if you plan to visit the ski resort often. They even offer a Reno shuttle, making it easy to get to and from Mt. Rose Ski Resort. If you’re planning to ski a lot, you might want to consider lodging here at the resort, allowing you to get up and hit the slopes right away each day of your visit.

Dinner

After you drop off your new finds at your hotel, it’s time to grab some dinner. While your breakfast and lunch were great, you haven’t seen anything yet.

For an outstanding dinner that you’ll talk about for years to come, head to Wild River Grille at 17 S. Virginia St. Start off with an appetizer of crab and salmon cakes, artichoke and cauliflower hummus, or gruyere croquettes. House specialties include braised short ribs, cheese tortellini, and jerk chicken breast. Try a Nevada lamb chop or plum chipotle salmon to make your meal something special.

Are you looking for a burger joint you can sink your teeth into? Johnny Rockets at 2500 2nd St. is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. While this may be a chain restaurant, it’s one that you’re going to want to try. Get an original burger for something classic. Vegetarians can enjoy the restaurant as well thanks to the black bean burger. If you want something light, check out the crispy or grilled chicken club salad.

For a popular local option, you should consider dinner at 4th St. Bistro. The restaurant is located at 3065 W. 4th St. and features dinner, desserts, cocktails, wine, and more. Start off with a unique appetizer such as the herb-roasted fingerling potatoes with Romesco sauce or the duck rillettes with apricot mostarda, cornichon, grainy mustard, and crostini. For your entree, try the five-spice roasted breast of O’Liberty duck or the porcini-dusted and seared sea scallops. The dessert menu is robust, with items including a trio of fresh sorbets or bittersweet chocolate ganache torte with pecan crust and caramel sauce.

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The Reno Arch in Reno.

Late Night

Shall you head to the casino or find something else to do at night? Of course, the casinos are always open, so sometimes it’s fun to check out what else the city has to offer.

Love a good comedian? Head to Laugh Factory at 407 N. Virginia St. Laugh Factory is located on the Casino level of Silver Legacy Resort. Shows run in the evenings every week Tuesday through Sunday. Ticket prices range from $21.95 to $27.45. It is first-come, first-served seating, and you must be 21 or older to enter.

If you’re looking for a different type of show, head to the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, located at 100 S. Virginia St. Here, you’ll find a variety of show options ranging from Broadway to ballet and more.

When you’re hungry late at night, go visit Lucky Beaver Bar and Burger. The restaurant is located at 3655 S. Virginia St. and is open 24 hours a day. Starters include sweet potato fries, calamari fries, jalapeno poppers, and chicken strips. When you’re in the mood for something a little more substantial, consider the jackpot steak burger with Applewood bacon, beer-battered onion rings, fried egg, avocado, and your choice of cheese.

For delicious drinks, check out The Z Bar at 1074 S. Virginia St. This cocktail bar has everything you could possibly want. Try the Strawberry Balsamic with vodka, lemon, strawberries, basil syrup, and balsamic. Bitter apricot is a popular option for whiskey drinkers and features rye, Aperol, Apry, lemon, bitter, and simple syrup.

Where to Stay

Finding great lodging in Reno isn’t difficult. You’ll find everything ranging from high-class casino resorts to incredibly affordable hotels.

The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa offers just about everything you could hope for. This is also the most popular place to stay in the city. Rooms range from basic tower rooms to the Atrium Paradise Suite. Some of the hotel amenities here include free wireless internet, a complimentary airport shuttle, an indoor atrium pool, an outdoor whirlpool spa and pool, and a fitness center.

Another great option for your stay in Reno is the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The prices here are affordable, and you’ll have easy access to all the adventures the casino has to offer. There are two beautiful pools, a fitness center, and a spa to help you kick back and relax in style. There are numerous room types available, allowing you to reserve a standard room or a palace suite, whatever suits your fancy. For the ultimate in luxury and opulence, check out the Safari Adventure Suite.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay that isn’t necessarily a casino, check out the Baymont Inn and Suites. Here, you’ll get an affordable stay with a variety of amenities you look for in a hotel. There is a free shuttle to the airport. The hotel also features a business center and fitness center. In the lobby, relax by the fireplace. All guests enjoy a free continental breakfast and free wireless internet. In your room, you’ll enjoy a refrigerator and microwave, as well as free premium television stations.

When you simply want somewhere to crash that’s as low-priced as possible, head to Desert Rose Inn. Here, you’ll get access to free self-parking, free wireless internet, and an outdoor pool. Rooms include private bathrooms, a refrigerator, and a microwave. Keep in mind that while children are welcome here, they do not offer extra beds, roll-aways beds, or cribs.

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The Washoe Courthouse.

Airport Guide

When you visit Reno, you’ll fly into and out of Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The majority of hotels and casinos in the city offer shuttles to and from the airport for ease of access. If your hotel doesn’t offer a shuttle, there are paid shuttle services available from companies including North Lake Tahoe Express, Airport Mini Bus, and South Tahoe Airporter.

If you want to rent a car, you can do it right from the airport. There are car rental counters in the baggage claim area, allowing you to either book ahead or decide on the fly. Choose between some of the most popular rental companies in the country, including Alamo, Hertz, Thrifty, and Enterprise.

You might find that you don’t really feel like renting a car, but also don’t have access to a shuttle. In this case, consider the local public transportation. RTC Ride offers a city bus route between downtown Reno and the airport. The bus will pick you up right outside of the baggage claim area, giving you a quick and easy way into town.

Airport Amenities

In the airport itself, you’ll find a large variety of helpful services. There are a total of five ATMs throughout the terminal, which are all operated by Wells Fargo Bank. These can be found in the Baggage Claim area, the main lobby, Concourse B, Concourse C, and the Gateway Concourse. There are no currency exchange services in the airport, however.

One of the biggest draws of Reno is the gambling and casinos. While you’re in the airport, you can get a head start on your gambling. There are gaming machines in the lobby, both concourses, and at the bars. Try your luck before you hit the casinos or before boarding your flight home.

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport offers a service unlike anything you’ll find at other airports. There are a total of three dog parks throughout the airport to keep your furry friends entertained and exercised. North of baggage claim you’ll find Gate 5-9 Bark Park. There is a second dog park that opened in 2012 just south of the terminal building. The third is an indoor pet relief area. This indoor area is just past security on the second floor.

Grabbing a Bite in the Airport

If you’re hungry while you’re at the airport, you’re in luck. There are several restaurants and bars to choose from. For a sit-down meal, check out Timber Ridge. Here you’ll have a variety of options, including burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more. They also offer an amazing wine list and outstanding craft beer selection. For food on the go, there is a McDonalds, Wild Garlic Pizza and Pub, or La Brea Bakery.

Drinks are also readily available throughout the airport. Check out Tap and Pour. This is a full-service bar that offers not only local craft beer and delicious wine options, but also creates cocktails to satisfy your taste buds. While you’re here, you can even get some drinks to take home or to the hotel, including locally-made wines, whiskey, and gourmet beer.

If you forgot anything before your flight, don’t worry. There are several shops throughout the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. In the terminal lobby, you’ll find Adventure News, offering newspapers, gifts, books, and snacks. Similarly, the Reno-Tahoe TravelMart in Concourse C and the Reno-Tahoe News and Gift in Concourse B have you covered.

There are also a number of retail stores throughout the airport, letting you get your shopping done early (or late). Find electronics and gadgets at In Motion. If you’re in need of outdoor clothing, check out No Boundaries. For everything golf-related, you’ll want to hit PGA Tour Shop. Get some great gifts for everyone in your life when you visit Forever Heather or Brighton Collectibles.

Now you know why Reno is named “The Biggest Little City in the World.” From casinos and skiing to fine dining and craft cocktails, this little city has it all.