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need car?

Rochester, NY
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need car?

I know NOTHING about Reno, but was just offered a resonable trip there (staying at Harrah's) including airfare from Rochester, NY. What is there to do other than gambling for two older single women? Would we need a car? And what is weather like in JulY, please?

Thanks in advence.


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1. Re: need car?

If you just stay in the downtown area, you would not need a car. Downtown you have gambling, shows at the casinos, the Reno Events Center may have someone performing during that time frame (usually famous singers), the Pioneer Center may have performances (usually theater or ballet), the Automobile Museum, the Art Museum, the Truckee River Riverwalk...all of these would not necessitate a car. There are almost always activities going on downtown in the summers as well...in July I know there is a chicken wing cookoff, a Basque Festival, Artown (a month-long art festival), and after looking quickly at a Reno website I see that Tom Jones, Joan Rivers, Ringo Starr, and Lyle Lovett are all performing here various dates during July. There is also a huge Farmer's Market in nearby Sparks, NV.

If you were wanting to do any exploring out of downtown (which I would recommend-you won't get a very accurate representation of Reno just staying within a few city blocks), you would need a car. Side trips to Lake Tahoe and Virginia City (an old west mining town) are must dos, Donner Lake in the summer is beautiful, and there are lots of easy hiking trails in the area, but not really within walking distance of the downtown casino area.

July is usually hot, but, to coin the phrase: "it's a dry heat"! You are probably more accustomed to humid weather in the summers in New York...here it can be in the 90's but it doesn't feel that bad. We usually get wind in the afternoons, and occasionally we'll get desert thunderstorms (we're at around 4500 feet in elevation but the topography is high desert).

Hope that helps you...if you need more info on activities I like www.visitrenotahoe.com as you can type in the dates you're looking for and the website will display all of the Reno/Tahoe activities going on during that time frame.

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2. Re: need car?

Also, there seems to be a "Whole lot of shaking going on"! in Reno area. You don't get that in NY!

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3. Re: need car?

Wow, Fonzmambo did a nice job of rounding up the must-do activities!

I go with a Gals Only group of 3-6 women each year (Oct 08, here we come!). Yes, we gamble a bit, but less so as we've aged, I mean matured.

We like to eat. There are some fantastic meals to be had. The Steakhouse at Harrahs is a time-honored tradition, worthy of the price. Oceano at the Peppermill was also tasty. One of our gals must, I mean MUST, visit In&Out burger!

We also enjoy hitting a spa or two. I'd recommend the Siena. For a fun pedicure, I'd suggest SOAK with their pedi/mani/cocktail special. We've been to all of the spas (Harrahs included) and they all have their pros/cons.

As for a car? Yep grab one and head to Tahoe. I love it there.

Good luck and have fun!

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Thanks to all! I appreciate your help!

Lynn in Rochester, NY

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