Reno, Nevada is known by several nicknames, but “The Biggest Little City” is probably the most famous. This is attributed to the fact that while Reno is not a “big” city, it still hosts many tourists and the life of a bigger city. Reno, unlike many towns across the country, is a 24 hour town with many exciting year round events, great outdoor activities, arts and culture and just plain beautiful weather.
If you are looking to relocate to a sunny climate, then Reno/Sparks can accommodate. With an 80% chance of a sunny day, northern Nevada boasts some pretty pleasant weather. Reno has an average annual temperature of 51ºF with the average high is in July at 94º F and the average low is in January at 24ºF. Reno is situated in a valley with mountains to the west and higher elevations to the east and is considered to sit in the “rain shadow” of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Because of this, Reno itself does not have much precipitation as most of the precipitation is in the mountains and in the winter. The precipitation in northern Nevada is 7 inches annually and the snowfall, also annually, reaches 24 inches.
Speaking of the wonderful weather, Reno is a great venue for the outdoor enthusiast. Minutes from several mountain ranges, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy Olympic quality resorts with a season that can last from as early as October to as late as April. If you’re not into slipping down the slopes, you can always go cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Between the mountains are quite a few meadows perfect for keeping it level. In the summer, the fun doesn’t stop with the slopes turning into hiking trails with biking. The summer is also the perfect time to take advantage of the many lakes and rivers in the area for camping, boating, water skiing, fishing and just swimming. Starting at Lake Tahoe and running through the heart of downtown Reno is the Truckee River. The Truckee River is great for whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Truckee River drains into one of the other major lakes just north of Sparks, Pyramid Lake. Both Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake can be seen from satellite views and each has different qualities. Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake and is the second deepest lake in the United States. It is the sixth largest lake by volume, just behind the five Great Lakes. Pyramid Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Nevada and has decorative natural rock formations surrounding the lake. The most famous of these is the Stone Mother. Pyramid Lake is known for its great fishing and holds fishing derbies throughout the year. With so many sunny days each year, there are golf courses a plenty in northern Nevada including a Jack Nicklaus designed course which is the home of the Barracuda Championship PGA Tour Golf.
If physical exertion is not your thing, Reno also boasts events throughout the year that speak to a variety of interests including the Reno River Festival, Hot August Nights, Great Reno Balloon Race, National Championship Air Races, Street Vibrations, Reno Rodeo, Burning Man, Artown, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off. Since Reno is a 24 hour town, there are numerous pub crawls and in the summer is Food Truck Fridays where you can sample an assortment of food from BBQ to vegan, Peruvian to Thai and much more.
If you want to add a little culture to your life, you can take in one of the numerous museums around northern Nevada. In Reno and Sparks there is the Nevada Museum of Art, Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, Fleischmann Planetarium, Wilber D. May Center, Nevada Historical Society, W.M Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum, Sparks Heritage Museum, National Automobile Museum and The Lake Mansion. Not too far away are a slew of museums with the Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa, Donner National Park and Virginia City which hosts many museums as well as the town being a museum. Just south of Reno is the state capital of Carson City which hosts a few fun places to visit including the Nevada State Museum, Children’s Museum, Nevada State Railroad Museum and Bowers Mansion.
So there you have it. If you can’t find a bounty of things to do in northern Nevada, you could always gamble. Yeah, we forgot to mention there is gambling in Reno.