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Reno, YaY or NaY?

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Long Beach...
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Reno, YaY or NaY?

Hi everyone! I'm visiting Lake Tahoe in August and we've been thinking of taking a day trip to Reno but we're unsure if it's worth it or if we should just stay in Tahoe the whole time. Has anyone been to Reno from Late Tahoe? is it worth checking out? your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Santa Cruz...
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1. Re: Reno, YaY or NaY?

Our son lives in Reno. I would spend my time in Tahoe. Reno is a shadow of its former self as far as the casino and entertainment industry is concerned. I don't see much that is of tourist interest. It is a nice city, though. There is a nice river walk.

Edited: 4:20 pm, April 13, 2013
Manhattan Beach...
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2. Re: Reno, YaY or NaY?

We fly to Reno from LAX twice a year to visit Lake Tahoe. When we land, we pick up our car and get out of there as fast as we can. It's only 45 minutes to Incline Village, LT. The average in summer is a hot 90 degrees when we go in July.

www.rssweather.com/climate/Nevada/Reno/

The beauty of Tahoe is the Lake, and all the natural activities one can do around it. Are you mostly interested in a few more casinos in Reno than SLT?

A nice day trip is Virginia City, an old western town, with restaurants, a train, etc.

http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com/

Where are you staying in Tahoe, north or south shore? Do you have your lodgings yet?

South Lake Tahoe...
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3. Re: Reno, YaY or NaY?

If you're interested in classic cars and hot rods Hot August Nights may be going on when you're visiting. There's a good car museum with some excellent cars. It is also hot as blazes in August - even at night. The downtown area is really sad, these days. Nothing like it used to be. Otherwise you could be anywhere, with the strip malls and big box stores.

It was suggested a day trip to Virginia City might be nice. It will also be quite hot there in August, but if it's a day trip you'll be fine. There is quite a large cemetery there, just be sure to bring a hat and water.

Napa, CA
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4. Re: Reno, YaY or NaY?

Reno is a fun town at night. Not so much during the day. They do have a whitewater park if you are into kayaking.

http://www.reno.gov/index.aspx?page=311

Reno is very well marketed with major events all summer. In August, there's Hot August Nights, a classic car show event.

http://www.hotaugustnights.net/

Santa Clarita...
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5. Re: Reno, YaY or NaY?

On a Sunday, we visited Virginia City and some residents were walking the wooden sidewalk in their long dresses, men in suits, and it was an added attraction to the 1860's time period. There are ghost stories around there, too.

Agree with #1 regarding Reno. The new section of the 580/395 between Reno and Carson City has been opened for a few months and cuts off about 10 minutes of drive time, very nice.

San Jose, California
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6. Re: Reno, YaY or NaY?

Agree with the post that Reno can be fun for an evening out. Not so much the whole day.

We go to Tahoe for snowboarding often, and we usually go out to Reno for a night of eating out and maybe some gambling.

It is only a 40 min to an hour long drive from Tahoe depending on where you are staying.

Silver Legacy and Atlantis are two of our more favored Casinos there.

Long Beach...
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7. Re: Reno, YaY or NaY?

We rented a cabin in SLT http://www.vrbo.com/364361

We're going 8/9/13-8/13/13, coming from Southern California. We're planning to leave at like 11pm on 8/8/13 so that we can watch the sunrise at Yosemite and spend a good part of the day there before heading out to SLT. We have a few things planned in SLT but we were thinking of taking a day trip to Reno, but if it's not worth it maybe we wont. We're mostly looking for some sightseeing and night time entertainment.

Ewa Beach, HI
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8. Re: Reno, YaY or NaY?

I say do it. Its about an hour and a half drive from SLT to Reno (Circus Circus area) and is worth it. There are more shopping/restaurant places to go to in Reno/Sparks and or Carson City. I'm not too sure about the night life but i'm sure the casinos have events at night. Have fun and enjoy!

Granite Bay, CA
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9. Re: Reno, YaY or NaY?

Sorry Reno I've gotta say NaY! Reno is just icky. There are more casinos there if that is your focus. During the day? No way. Cruise around the lake and enjoy. If you want to do a special dinner try the Charthouse on Kingbury Grade. Ask for a window table at sunset (they are used to this and will know what time). It's pricey but really good food and an unbelievable view! It's our special occasion place in Tahoe.

Lake Tahoe, NV
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10. Re: Reno, YaY or NaY?

There is really no sightseeing in Reno to be 100 percent honest.. You really would not be heart broken if you skipped Reno and did Virginia City instead..

Virginia City is the old wild west mining town where Mark Twain once lived.. heck, The Travel Channel says it is one of the 10 most haunted places in the US :)

Unless Reno has an act there that you are interested in seeing while you are visiting.. skip it.

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