If you are ready for a vacation but aren't yet sure what activities should fill it, head to Reno where you can ski, camp, swim, bike, snowboard, boat, hang glide, climb, golf, shop, sight-see, dine, oh, and play at its nearly two-dozen casinos! The Biggest Little City in the World is perched right at the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains and it has plenty to please both the outdoor enthusiast and the card shark.
Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, but before the rise of Las Vegas, Reno was the place to go to seduce Lady Luck. Today, there are exactly 22 casinos around town, so whether you're a poker player or prefer craps, you can run the gamut here. You'll really hit the jackpot with casinos like Peppermill, the Atlantis, Silver Legacy Resort, the Eldorado and Harrah's.
Cash-in on the Outdoors
It's difficult to overstate just how beautiful this part of the country is, and if you prefer to get out and about, the Reno-Lake Tahoe area has snow-capped mountains that tower above crystalline waters. Mt. Rose is the closest spot from Reno to hit the powder; it has a summit of 9,700 feet, and only about twenty-five miles from downtown. If mountain biking is more your forte, Lake Tahoe's Flume Trail, about an hour away, is one of the best rides in the West. But beware: It begins with a climb of 1,100 feet.
When you're ready to just sit back and take in the sights, a driving tour around the shores of Lake Tahoe is a terrific way to spend an afternoon. Rest assured, its picturesque 72 miles of scenery will go by — much like your visit to Reno — all too quickly.