Reno isn’t your average tourism destination. It’s a place of real contrast, where high mountains tumble down into the desert, and where the thrilling wild meets urban excitement. And, with a choice of casinos to try your luck in, you never know what might happen.
The summer months in Reno can get very hot, with temperatures sometimes pushing into triple digits. This is also the high season, with the months of June through August being the busiest. The Artown festival happens throughout July, bringing together more than 400 events celebrating some of the city’s most innovative artists.
Spring and fall are good times for getting cheap flights to Reno, as demand is lower at these times. And the spring snow melt means it’s paddle sport season too.
Winters can be cold but that’s when the casinos come into their own – and Reno can also be a great base for the nearby skiing around Lake Tahoe.
It’s easier to find flights to Reno during off-peak season, in the winter months. However, using Orbitz you can still find affordable tickets even in the high summer season.
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There are numerous direct flights to Reno NV from other US destinations.
Flights to Reno land at Reno-Tahoe International airport, the second busiest in Nevada. Most major airlines run flights out of this airport, and the services here are modern and convenient. And, of course, this being Nevada there are slot machines on site where you can try your luck one last time before boarding the plane.
The airport is well served by shuttle services to all the major hotels. They usually pick up outside terminal D at the northern end of the airport. You’ll also find bus services here which connect you to the downtown area.
There’s a good choice of rental car agencies, or you can book your car with Orbitz and have it waiting for you on arrival.
Direct Reno flights are available from a number of different carriers.
You can get around the city cheaply using the RTC Ride transit system. It serves all the main tourist areas for the best shopping, dining and gambling experience. Fares are low, and one ticket covers multiple rides within certain time frames. Pick up a day pass for less than $5 and you can ride all day on the same ticket, which makes it easy to get around between the main attractions. Most of the major casinos have their own bus stops right outside.
Of course, the main attraction in Reno is the casinos. But while there’s always time to try your luck on the tables, there’s more to this desert city than gambling. The most obvious attraction is the Reno Arch, one of the most photographed monuments in the US.
Cultural highlights include the Nevada Museum of Art and the National Automobile Museum, with its collection of more than 200 vehicles.
Make the most of the spring snow melt at the Tuckee River White Water Park, where you can put your paddling skills to the test, or head off to the iconic Lake Tahoe for some winter skiing or summer fun.
With its casinos and the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is very tourist-friendly. But few visitors ever think of the altitude. At more than 5,000 feet above sea level, the air is much thinner here, which can cause problems, especially if doing anything active. Watch your alcohol intake, as this can adversely affect breathing.
Summers are hot in Reno, with daytime temperatures rising to the 90s and sometimes triple digits. High season in Reno is June through August, with the month of July dedicated to Artown, a celebration of over 400 events that brings together some of the world’s most innovative artists. For July, Winfield Park is dedicated to visual and performing art, with concerts, theater, dance, and exhibits. In November and December, the city hosts the Spirit of Artown, a winter arts and cultural festival with an avant-garde twist. In December, the downtown ice-skating rink opens, adding to the festivity of the downtown scene.
Spring and fall are great times to visit Reno, as there are fewer crowds and milder temperatures. In May, when snowmelt courses down the Truckee River, Winfield Park and the Truckee River Whitewater Park launch the paddle-sport season with the Reno River Festival. In September, the town hosts the Great Reno Balloon Race, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually. During these shoulder-season months, look for discounts at hotels and restaurants.
January and February see cold temperatures (30s and 40s during the day) and snowy weather. In February, Reno’s casino culture shines, with several Latin Dance events, including the Bachata Festival and Salsa Congress. While Reno’s entertainment moves indoors for the winter months, locals and tourists use Reno as a base for ski excursions to nearby Lake Tahoe. There are 18 resorts in the area that cater to alpine skiers, snowboarders, Nordic skiers, and inner-tubers. The Reno-Tahoe area gets an average of 44 feet of snow in the winter, so bundle up.
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