Introducing the city

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One-way ticket £1.57 | $2.00

Beer £2.36 | $3.00

Main Course £9.43 | $12.00

About Reno

In north-west Nevada, Reno sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range with a reputation for gaming, superb outdoor attractions and a thriving entertainment scene.

Back in the early 1900's, the 'biggest little city in the world' as it was known then, was primarily a destination where people would come to guarantee a quick divorce. Soon after gambling was made legal in the state, people started to find it more difficult to leave the clutches of Reno's gaming scene than their husband or wife.

With a population of not even 300,000, Reno certainly isn't a huge city but it still attracts over five million visitors a year. Although it has to deal with sitting in the shadow of Sin City, there's still a great number of attractions here, with 24/7 gaming and entertainment prospects coming in the way of casino-hotels and live shows. More surprisingly however are the surrounding natural attractions that provide a range of outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking and various water sports making Reno an excellent base to commute from.

Ultimately though, some say Reno is just a smaller version of Vegas and that's enough for them to enjoy a holiday romance with the city every time they visit.

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When Should You Visit?

If you're the adventurous type, the summer is the best time to visit when the city is buzzing with life. However this is peak season so opt for Spring if you want to avoid the crowds.

During the summer, the city can get very hot with temperatures regularly reaching over 30 degrees Celsius. Alternatively, the winter can get cold and temperatures are known to drop below freezing on some days, especially during the night. Spring and autumn temperatures can be difficult to predict as they can be warm one week and cold the next. Throughout the year, Reno experiences very little rainfall as it's in a rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Snow is common between November and March.

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Travioor top tips

Getting Around

Insider Info

  • For the days you are planning to stay in the city, you can get by fine using public transport. They are strict on drink-driving here so if you do rent a car, don't risk drinking and driving. However, you'll probably want to explore the natural attractions just outside the city for a day or two so it's probably best to rent a car to be able to do this.
  • Always check for attraction tickets, discounts and coupons online as they can save you a fair amount of money.
  • Lake Tahoe is only a 50 minute drive away and this beautiful attraction should be visited while in the city of Reno.

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Food and drink

Main Course £9.43 | $12.00

3-Course Meal £39.28 | $50.00

Cappuccino £2.98 | $3.79

Beer £2.36 | $3.00

The Scene

With its tourist industry booming in the 90's, Reno has learnt to cater to many tastes with a number of international options available to those who visit. Many different cuisines can be found here from Mexican to Italian. However, the best of the food is found in typical American diners and restaurants where hearty large meals come as standard. Much like Vegas, buffets are also hugely popular.

The nightlife speaks for itself. As this city is known for its entertainment and nightlife scene, you can expect to find all kinds of bars and clubs serving an array of international beverages.

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Reno’s Story

Years ago after a log bridge was built in 1859 over the Truckee River, Reno became an important crossing point for people travelling to California. Nine years later, Reno was officially established, and named after Civil War General Jesse Reno. It was also in 1868 when Reno's first transcontinental railroad was opened in the town. The remainder of the 19th century was to see some significant buildings built such as the University of Nevada which helped put Reno (and its nickname - 'biggest little city in the world') on the map.

In the early 1900's, most people were coming to Reno to get a quick divorce. Gambling was legalised in Nevada in 1931 prompting an influx of casino-hotels and gave people a new reason to visit. Since the emergence of Las Vegas however, Reno has inevitably been in its shadow as a gambling destination. Today, developments are constantly in progress in an attempt to try and keep up with Sin City.



English is the official language here, although many people in shops, hotels and restaurants may speak a number of languages given the city's tourism industry. If you're planning on gambling while here, why not get to grips with some gambling/Reno phrases like the ones we've listed below:

  • A whale: Someone who is a high-roller and bets big money without thinking twice.
  • Candle: Referring to the light at the top of a machine that signals the jackpot has been won.
  • A pigeon: Someone who keeps throwing money at the table and is continuously losing it.

Need to know

+1 775 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Fly to Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
  • Tipping goes a long way in Reno. Tip generously and you will receive better service. 
  • Waitresses who see that you have been gambling for a certain amount of time are likely to bring you complimentary drinks.
  • Look after your bags and valuables, particularly at night.


Find out about the visa requirements for the US here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Whitewater Park

Tackle the rapids in a kayak or enjoy tubing at Truckee River Whitewater Park.

2. Pioneer Center

Catch a live show or performance at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.

3. Animal Ark

Explore this hugely popular wildlife sanctuary, home to several exotic species.

4. Automobile Museum

View the a fascinating collection of both modern and vintage cars at the National Automobile Museum.

5. Lake Tahoe

Enjoy an array of superb outdoor recreational activities at Lake Tahoe which can be reached in an hour.

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