Reno is the biggest little city in the USA and situated in Nevada. Reno offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- National Automobile Museum – The Harrah Collection
- Casinos and resorts; Grand Sierra, Silver Legacy, Peppermill Reno, Eldorado Reno, Atlantis, Circus Circus, Sands Regency, Harrahs.
- The Reno sign
- Bars and restaurants of downtown Reno
- The outlets at Sparks
- Wild Island bowling
- Sparks marina park
Some of the resorts and casinos in Reno are incredibly good value, staying over one or two nights in Reno is significantly cheaper than most other cities in the US. In fact I spent the day in San Francisco before arriving late in Reno. Then I spent the day and a second night in Reno before leaving early morning to Lassen volcanic national park.
Have you seen the Reno sign before? Maybe in a movie? Reno appears in the following movies;
- The Misfits – Marylyn Monroe
- Pink Cadillac – Clint Eastwood
- The Muppets
- Lampoons Vegas Vacation
- Kingpin – Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray
Reno has looser slots than Vegas, so you are more likely to win (or less likely to lose). I know that you are very likely to lose on slot machines but I couldn’t resist the Michael Jackson slot. When you get 3 bonuses you get on the board, then the Michael’s music starts playing in the back of the seat and the seat is vibrating. You should try this slot if you ever see one! I did actually break even and walk away even with the temptation to hear the music again!
You’ll find bars and restaurants at the riverfront in downtown Reno, perfect for a night out! Before going to Reno you should check out what’s on. Although the shows are nowhere near as good as Las Vegas, if you’re lucky there may be a good show on. A couple of weeks after I left Jeff Bridges was on in Harrahs casino so you could get lucky with a show.
How are you doing for Nike shoes and t-shirts? If you drive out to Sparks outlet mall you’ll find a Nike factory store, as well as many other brands. You’ll also find the famous Sparks marina park.
In the US, gas prices vary greatly from place to place. Once you know what a good price is and you pass a gas station with a good price, fill up! From Reno to Lassen park was about a 2 hour drive on US-395 N. Once at Lassen park, pay the entrance fee and you are free to drive around the park.