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Reno/Sparks

Big-time gambling and wide-open spaces abound in Northern Nevada's fun-filled Truckee Meadows

The largest city in northern Nevada, Reno is located in an area called the Truckee Meadows, which is nestled at the eastern slope of the picturesque Sierra Nevada Mountains. The city hosts many famous festivals every year, including the "Artown" festival in July, the Reno Rodeo, one of the largest rodeos in the Wild West, and an eight-day celebration of the '50s called "August Nights."

Known to many as the Biggest Little City in the World, Reno also has world-class dining and excellent gaming options. The downtown market, known as West Street Market, is the perfect gathering place for shopping, entertainment, food and friends. This market is more than your ordinary market; it is an urban bazaar with an eco-friendly spirit that goes way beyond just the freshest and most delicious food around.

Gambling With Big and Little Stakes
The casinos provide 24 hours of fun gaming, free drinks and stellar entertainment. Every night, several venues serve up hilarious comedy, rock concerts and Broadway reviews. All of your favorite casino games are offered here as well, and although this ain't Vegas, don't be surprised to see celebrities performing live.

Get Your Motor Running
The National Automobile Museum features more than 200 cars and four authentic street scenes, each depicting a different era. It's considered one of America's five greatest automobile museums and it's conveniently located in downtown Reno. Admission is an affordable $10 for adults and the audio tour allows for visitors to tour the museum at their own leisurely pace.

The Nevada Museum of Art is a cultural and educational resource full of meaningful art. Many tours are provided, and each is designed to fit the unique interests and needs of the various guests. The friendly docents provide informative insights as they highlight the museum's architecture, permanent collections and as special featured exhibitions.

The Nevada Opera (NVO) was founded in 1967 and is Reno's oldest performing arts organization, boasting well over 100 singers and dancers, musicians, theatrical workers and labor crews. It serves as Nevada's only professional opera company and provides training for new upcoming artists at local, national and even international levels. The nearby Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit, private cultural organization that operates in downtown Reno. It boasts a 1,500-seat venue and is celebrated as being the largest public performing arts facility in all of northern Nevada. Since opening in 1968, it has proudly been at the center of cultural activities occurring in the community. From ballet, opera, and orchestral performances, it is also in its second decade of hosting the popular and fabulous Broadway Comes to Reno series.

Whitewater Wonders
For an extremely electrifying experience, head over to the Truckee River Whitewater Park. Visitors can choose from kayaks, inner tubes, canoes or rafts for a pulse-pounding trip over the rapids. With an astounding 11 drop pools with some deeper pools for excellent fishing opportunities, this park makes for an exhilarating day for thrill seekers. The public access areas are many, and the pedestrian walkways help connect the east and west sides of the park. This Whitewater Park provides an adventure for all those who want to get a little wet, and with water temperatures ranging between 50 and 70 degrees, it never freezes. The surrounding areas feature an amphitheater and grassy park-like setting, perfect for picnics, parties, festivals, concerts, and outdoor sports.

The natural beauty of Nevada's desert landscape can be enjoyed from the tees of Rosewood Lakes Golf Course or while biking, camping, fishing, hunting or mountain climbing nearby. With over 50 golf courses to choose from in Reno and the surrounding areas, you can turn any old vacation into the ultimate golfer's dream trip.

Because of the city's close proximity to Tahoe, this area is often referred to as "Reno Tahoe." The tourism around Reno Tahoe offers so much fun, everyone goes home a winner, in one way or another. Between the 24-hour nightlife, world-class casinos, hopping nightclubs and delicious restaurants, there's no end to the timeless entertainment, supreme drinks and exciting gaming options.

Lovers of winter feel right at home in Reno Tahoe, and for good reason. Tahoe National Forest boasts over 200 miles of groomed trails for your next snowmobiling adventure, while the 18 area ski resorts draw all levels of snowboarders and skiers by the thousands each year. Folks who come to experience the snowboarding and skiing here for the first time go home wondering why they ever went anywhere else to shred. Lake Tahoe, of course, offers the largest concentration of ski facilities in the entire world, all within a 50-mile radius of Reno.

To get a taste of the scenic beauty that surrounds this majestic mountainous region, inquire about Harley Riding Packages. As you roar through Reno Tahoe on an American-made motorcycle, you'll embrace each and every exhilarating curve, roadside attraction and scenic vista. Get your motor running to discover why so many people come to Reno and eventually call it their home.

Get in touch with Mother Nature on the shores of an Alpine Lake, minutes from 24-hour action, or overlooking a white, sandy beach. All of these are options when camping in Reno Tahoe year-round. With several nearby RV parks to choose from, you'll find your perfect camping site perfectly suited for your individual camping needs.

Catch a Spark
Tired of all the glitz and glam in Reno. Check out the beautiful and family-oriented city of Sparks, with over 90,000 residents, in the Truckee Meadows between the Carson and Virginia Mountain Ranges.

Sparks is known as a premiere special events venue for all of northern Nevada, with attractions on its famous Victorian Square, which bring thousands of visitors to such annual events as Hometown Farmer's Market, Hot August Nights, Best in the West (Nugget) Rib Cook-off and Hometowne Christmas.

Sparks is also well known for its outstanding parks and recreation system, designed to appeal to young and old alike, with numerous neighborhood parks, regional sports facilities and an unusually large number of fun and exciting recreation programs for preschoolers to senior citizens.

Opened in 2009 is the Whitewater Park at Rock Park. Along with pools for kayaking, tubing and rafting for all skill levels, the new features include improved riverbank landscaping, shade and play structures, parking and better access for people with disabilities.

Another wonderful destination park is the picturesque Sparks Marina. Eighty acres of water accommodate swimming, boating, fishing and scuba diving. The park provides picnicking facilities and breath-taking views of the mountains.

Did You Know?
To drive from Los Angeles, California, to Reno, Nevada, the direction traveled is to the northwest.

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