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What to do around Reno?

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What to do around Reno?

A girlfriend and I will be staying at the Silver Legacy for 2 nights in early March. I've only been to Reno once before but it was for a conference and I didn't get much of a chance to explore.

Aside from the casinos what other attractions are in Reno or nearby?

Are there any ghost towns or other historical places to explore? We will have a car.

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1. Re: What to do around Reno?

You have a car, so DEFINITELY drive up to the lake. Then over to historic Virginia City, for an hour or two. Can do in one day.

Mt. Rose hwy. to Incline Village. Share a bottle of wine, lakeside, at the Hyatt. Then along the lake to the casino area at Stateline, or cut that out and drive down US50 to Carson City, which has a nice state museum, and on to Va City. Return to Reno that evening.

Peppermill, in south Reno, is as close to Vegas-like as you'll get.

Edited: 9:34 pm, February 11, 2013
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2. Re: What to do around Reno?

Thank you Wolfdog - I've actually been to Virginia City once and have been to Lake Tahoe many times. Is the museum Carson City alone worth the drive?

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3. Re: What to do around Reno?

Way to go Wolfdog: To suggest drinking and driving?? WOW.

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4. Re: What to do around Reno?

That's right, Dealer. They should consume absolutely NO food - at all. And choose the wine with the absolute highest alcohol content. Driver MUST consume 3 of the 4 glasses. And then I want her to drive 70 mph, all the way to Stateline. Oh, and then both must jump bare-a$$ naked into the lake.

Get real, Dealer. Or should I not have assumed we're dealing with adults, who can make adult decisions?

Maybe you've been on the Vegas forum too long.

Edited: 11:23 pm, February 11, 2013
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5. Re: What to do around Reno?

Is the museum worth the drive? You only have 2 days. Reno is just a blue collar gambling town, so just hanging around downtown wouldn't be bad, either. We thought the museum was pretty cool. Here're other reviews:

tripadvisor.com/…REVIEWS

Edited: 11:53 pm, February 11, 2013
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6. Re: What to do around Reno?

"Reno is just a blue collar gambling town"...

I would be interested to know what means? Just curious.

With reference to the museum in Carson City: I like going out there once in a while-it is interesting, and you could easily spend a couple of hours exploring it. The few blocks of downtown Carson City have some new eateries and little shops that you could check out, and you could drive by the governor's mansion just for kicks.

Another consideration since you enjoy ghost towns is to check out Bodie, CA. It would probably be a day trip to get out there, poke around, and come back to Reno, but if you want a unique experience, you'd certainly get one in that excursion!

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7. Re: What to do around Reno?

Fonz, Reno doesn't have the large number of elegant casinos, or first-rate production shows, or other attractions that make Vegas a unique destination. Hence, Reno's a blue collar gambling town, as I see it.

Absent all of this, I find Reno, with it's better odds, cheaper rooms, and friendlier staff, a better destination for me.

Edited: 2:32 pm, February 13, 2013
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8. Re: What to do around Reno?

Understood, and I know you're a Reno supporter. I figured you were referencing the gambling/touristy part of Reno with your statement...my curiosity got the better of me and I was just wanting to know your rationale. :-)

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9. Re: What to do around Reno?

That's fine. What continues to worry me is what seems to be the increasing influence of the Vegas and CA casinos on Reno tourism. Is Reno losing ground?

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10. Re: What to do around Reno?

I'm really not sure, wolfdog. It seems to me that when I'm downtown, the casinos tend to be pretty hopping inside, and many of them are bothering to do some renovations, so that says something. Atlantis and Peppermill, although not downtown, are booming. Our mayor had pushed for a major overhaul of the downtown corridor a few years ago....right before the recession began, of course. So, lots of proposed changes haven't occurred yet, unfortunately.

It appears to me that the city of Reno is trying hard to market itself as an Outdoor Adventure place, so that visitors to the area see the many wonderful things the area has to offer other than the casinos, but there is no denying that the vast majority of people who visit the area are either here as a home base for skiing in Tahoe, or are here for a weekend of debauchery and gambling :-). And while many of the Indian casinos are beautiful, I presume most people like to have a variety of options when gambling, so that spending, say, a day in one of the Indian casinos would be OK, but if you're going to take a 2-3 day weekend trip, you'd want to be able to casino hop a bit, which Reno's corridor provides.