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What is Reno like now?

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What is Reno like now?

Hey, I have been going to Vegas for years and usually enjoy it, but the casinos have gotten rid of my favorite machine (Pinball, not the new digital ones) and the wins are so few and far between. Is Reno any better? Are the hotels standard to luxury? Other than gambling is there much else to do?

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1. Re: What is Reno like now?

I've heard people say that Reno slots are looser than Vegas, but whether or not there is truth to that is hard to prove.

As far as hotels go: Vegas and Reno are two completely separate beasts-you will not find the glitzy, hugely impressive hotels here that you'll see in Vegas. Reno is a much more laid back town with a much, much, much smaller downtown area. Most hotels in the downtown stretch are what might be described as standard, and there are, of course, certain wings or rooms in most hotels that might fit what you'd call a luxury category. Again-not what you might be accustomed to in visiting Las Vegas.

Is there much else to do? Yep. But steering you in the right direction might require a bit more information from you: Are you an outdoorsy person? Museums? Day trips? Pool lounger? Strictly casinos? Foodie? Will you have a car? A little more detail can dictate a much more precise answer.

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2. Re: What is Reno like now?

We are not outdoorsy people! We like to gamble, shop, eat but we are not foodies, but like good quality food! We may take our two kids (22 and 14), we like to lounge by the pool, but I don't want the kids bored. We can drive there in a day which is what we would consider a "road trip", I don't like to drive too much further.

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3. Re: What is Reno like now?

Well, since you're not outdoorsy, it's really hard to predict whether or not you will enjoy your stay here. Reno is known as America's Adventureplace because of all it has to offer outdoor enthusiasts, whether it be skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, kayaking...you name it! That being said, if you're just looking to spend a couple of days going through all of the different casinos I think you would be satisfied with doing something different from Vegas. There is also good shopping at both Legends in Sparks, NV (adjacent to Reno):

http://www.outletsatsparks.com/

Also the Summit Sierra Mall:

http://www.thesummitonline.com/reno/

It would be a crime to not spend at least a day at Lake Tahoe while you're here, so please, please, please budget time for that!!!

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4. Re: What is Reno like now?

Thank you for the info. I will definitely check out Lake Tahoe if we do decide to go.

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5. Re: What is Reno like now?

If you have some flexibility in planning your trip, there is a lot of festivals in the summer time.

June brings rodeo; August brings Hot August Night (cars being the focus), and September brings air races.

There are food festivals, and more.

There is some entertainment in Reno area as well....normally at casinos.

Fonzmambo has covered the area well - so my comment is just to mention the festivals.

Just wanted to mention that if you do go and have some flexibility in visiting, you might want to choose the dates on one of the Reno festival timings.

Some of them are listed here to give you an idea.

…about.com/od/…annualevents.htm

Edited: 14 April 2014, 23:18
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