Do you like swimming at 8200 feet? Drinking beer outside? Ballparks that encourage picnicking? You should go to the biggest little city in the world.
A quick quiz (answer yes or no):
If you answered "Yes" to any of the previous questions, this article is for you. (If not, you must be from Reno, so read on anyways, then let me know your favorite spots in the comments!)
It's easy to make fun of Reno. People who have never visited think it's Vegas's podunk alternative, and those who live there had to laugh when an ad campaign referred to it as "The New Brooklyn." But Reno falls somewhere in between its stereotypes: No, the policemen and women don't wear short-shorts; yes, Reno has a burgeoning hipster and craft beer culture.
Here are a few Reno facts for you non-believers: It's not unusual for people to spend their lunch breaks skiing, Lake Tahoe is 20 minutes away, it gets all four seasons without any being too harsh (none of this; more of this), and it's beautiful—there are cloud formations in Reno that don't exist anywhere else in the world. Even after high-tailing it to the East Coast as fast as I could after nearly ten years living there, Reno remains one of my favorite places. Nowhere else is there such a vast array of things to do. Don't believe me? Here are some of my favorite places and things to do in the biggest little city in the world:
Places to eat:
Places to get a drink (including coffee):
Things to do in the summer:
Things to do in the winter:
See all of our picks on the map below. Where do you love to go in Reno? Did we convince you to visit? Leave your suggestions for us in the comments!
Top photo by Sky Island; photo of arch by RenoTahoe; photo of Truckee River by Doug Jones; photo of balloon race by Trevor Bexon; photo of Virginia City by Thomas Hawk; final photos by Leslie Stephens
Fact checking by Nathan Chellman