Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors

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Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors
4001 South Virginia Street
Suite G
Reno, NV
United States

Phone: 800-FOR-RENO
Fax: 775-827-7646

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Reno-Tahoe, America's Adventure Place, offers a year-round, 24-hour, play all day and night atmosphere that's not found anywhere else. Enjoy a variety of accommodations at top-notch resort-casinos, fine dining, luxurious spas, 24-hour gaming and exciting nightlife. Head outdoors for more than 900 miles of mountain trails, cool off at the Truckee River Whitewater Park, experience 50 signature golf courses, attend one of 72 community-wide special events or an afternoon of shopping and arts and culture. Reno-Tahoe also boasts the highest concentration of ski and board resorts in North America, all surrounded by breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada. Reno-Tahoe is America's Adventure Place.

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Reno-Tahoe, America’s Adventure Place, offers a year-round, 24-hour, play all day and night atmosphere that’s not found anywhere else. Enjoy a variety of accommodations at top-notch resort-casinos, fine dining, luxurious spas, 24-hour gaming and exciting nightlife. Head outdoors for more than 900 miles of mountain trails, cool off at the Truckee River Whitewater Park, experience 50 signature golf courses, attend one of 72 community-wide special events or an afternoon of shopping and arts and culture.  Reno-Tahoe also boasts the highest concentration of ski and board resorts in North America, all surrounded by breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada. Reno-Tahoe is America’s Adventure Place.
 The discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859 brought a flood of immigrants to northern Nevada, which has previously been inhabited only by Native American tribes, strong-minded ranchers and religious missionaries. A large portion of the silver mined from Virginia City was used to fund Civil War efforts and help construct the area’s booming cities. Until “Progressivesâ€? succeeded in its prohibition in 1910, gaming was a legal and prosperous industry. It was reinstated in 1931 in hopes of boosting Reno-Tahoe’s Depression-era economy.  In years since, Reno-Tahoe’s quality of life has attracted top industries in gaming and distribution.
 The Reno-Tahoe welcomes a diverse array of cultures and lifestyles. According to 2005 City of Reno reports, the population is 205,000. Combined with neighboring Sparks’ population of 81,763, the metropolitan area includes 286,763 residents.  Within 25 years, Reno-Sparks’ anticipated population is 320,000.
 Located along a major interstate, Reno and neighboring Sparks are flanked by the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the west and high desert mountains to the east.  Only a 45-minute drive to Lake Tahoe, and 30 minutes to the state’s capital, Carson City, the region offers a diversity of cultures, activities and attractions. As the area continues to grow, city planners realize the importance of avoiding further sprawl. The Truckee Meadows Regional Plan allows for high-density development, which calls for growth in "regional centers," with rapid transit corridors connecting these areas to each other for more efficient transportation.
 The Reno-Tahoe International Airport,, offers convenient daily flights from 17 non-stop and 25 one-stop destinations. Daily Amtrak stops in both Reno and Sparks make rail transportation a breeze, while Key Holidays’ Fun Train and Snow Train services offer fun-filled sightseeing trips. Reno-Tahoe is also within close proximity to many northern California destinations including San Francisco and Sacramento, and is an hour’s plane flight to Las Vegas.
Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority,
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Visitors to Reno-Tahoe, America’s Adventure Place can hit 855 putts on 50 area golf courses; explore 968 miles of Sierra trails; ski or ride 22,000 acres of snow-covered terrain; play in 440 square miles worth of water; relax on the white sand beaches of North America’s largest alpine lake, Lake Tahoe; visit 31 museums; gamble with Lady Luck at 14,000 slot machines or 600 tables; fish at 250 fishing holes; attend special events 188 days per year; dine 1,200 different ways; meet in 1.2 million square feet of space; and sleep in one of 20,000 luxurious guest rooms.
 Reno is the perfect starting-off point for your next adventure. Experience one of the many exciting day trips within close proximity to the downtown corridor including the “Most Beautiful Drive in Americaâ€? at Lake Tahoe, America’s largest designated historic landmark Virginia City, Pyramid Lake, famous for its record-breaking cutthroat trout fishing, Nevada’s capital, Carson City or the oldest settlement in Nevada, Genoa. Head back to Reno to enjoy fine dining and exciting nightlife before starting out on tomorrow’s adventure.
 As a year-round destination, Reno-Tahoe has both peak and shoulder seasons, with shoulder seasons providing more affordable lodging rates. Typically, from early spring to mid-June, and again from October until early December, hotel prices at Lake Tahoe tend to decline, while those in Reno tend to stay the same year-round.  Reno-Tahoe is one of the most affordable destinations on the West Coast and also offers a variety of fully-customizable vacation packages to make planning a breeze.
Reno-Tahoe, America’s Adventure Place offers customizable vacation packages to suit any traveler’s needs. From large group functions to exclusive golf vacations, ski getaways, spa retreats and arts and culture packages, Reno-Tahoe will take care of all the details. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Log on to for more information.

Reno-Tahoe Activities and Events


Travel through history as scholars portray major literary and historical figures in a tented outdoor setting each summer. Celebrating its ..25th anniversary in 2016, Chautauqua is held in conjunction with Artown and provides five days of both education and entertainment in fun summertime surroundings at Ranch San Rafael Park. The Great Basin Chautauqua Festival also features a Young Chautauqua portion that includes children aged eight to 18 who research develop their characters for six months before performing in front of the festival audience. Visit or call 775-784-6587 for more information.


Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center     

900 North Virginia St.

Phone: 775-784-4811

Hours: Monday—Friday, 9 am – 8 pm, Saturday—Sunday, 11 am – 8 pm

Cost: Admission is $7 for patrons ages 13-59 and admission for patrons under 13 or over 59 is $5 

Located at the north end of the University of Nevada Reno campus, the planetarium houses the Star Theater with its Skydome giant format movie system, and the Hall of the Solar System with many fascinating exhibits.


Wilbur D. May Museum, Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Rancho San Rafael Park, located minutes north of downtown Reno

Phone: 775-785-5961

Hours: Winter: Wednesday—Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; Summer: Monday—Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm

Cost: Admission is $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for children 

The May Center offers a unique adventure for the entire family. Located in Rancho San Rafael Park, the center is comprised of the May Museum, May Arboretum and the Great Basin Adventure. The May Museum houses the collections of Wilbur May, who traveled around the world forty times. Numerous animal trophies offer a close-up look at the world of animals and their habitat. All exhibits have plenty of hands-on activities for kids of all ages.


National Bowling Stadium

300 North Center St. (Corner of Center and 4th Street in downtown Reno)

Phone: 775-334-2600

Hours: Tuesday—Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm

Cost: No cost to view the bowling stadium 

Reno is the proud home of the National Bowling Stadium, built in 1995. Features include 80 championship lanes, a video wall and the world’s longest screen scoring display.  The National Bowling Stadium is currently hosting the 2004 ABC Tournament with more than 17,000 teams from February until June 2004 participating. 



July 18 – 19 events and activities


Nevada Historical Society Museum

1650 North Virginia St.

Phone: 775-688-1191

Hours: Monday—Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

Cost: Admission is $3 for adults and children under 18 are free

Founded in 1904, the Nevada Historical Society in Reno is Nevada’s oldest museum. Inside, visitors will find displays describing Nevada’s native people, the first explorers to cross the state, the discovery of silver and gold, the emergence of Nevada’s ranching industry, and the state’s gaming industry.


Victorian Square

Located in downtown Sparks

Phone: 775-353-2376

Victorian Square is a plaza designed for special events. It features a 14-screen Cineplex, interactive foundation, amphitheater, bandstands, sand-stone mosaics, and Victorian street lamps, in addition to numerous restaurants.


Reno Hilton Ultimate Rush and Go Kart Center

2500 East 2nd St.

Phone: Go-Karts, 775-786-5278, Ultimate Rush, 775-786-7005

Hours: 12  – 10 pm daily

Cost: Go-Kart $6, Ultimate Rush $25

The Ultimate Rush will get your adrenaline pumping. With up to three jumpers tethered to the same elastic wire you fall 185 feet swinging back and forth for several minutes. In addition to the Ultimate Rush, the Reno Hilton also has a 400 ft Go-Kart center with half-scale NASCAR racers.


Sparks Heritage Foundation & Museum

820 Victorian Ave.

Phone: 775-355-1144

Hours: Tuesday—Friday, 11 am – 4 pm; Saturday, 1 – 4 pm

Cost: No Cost

This museum features displays relating to “The Rail City� of Sparks, dating from the city’s founding in 1904. Special emphasis is placed on railroad artifacts, including a lantern display.


Nothing To It! Culinary Center

225 Crummer Lane

Phone: 775-826-2628

Nothing To It! has been recognized on a national level by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) through nominations for the Julia Child Electronic Media Awards and the Cooking School Award of Excellence. Nothing To It! makes its home in a house that was once a part of Harrah’s ranch and has recently welcomed the Campbell Art Center, which specializes in art classes for children and adults and includes an art studio, teacher recertification program, portrait studio and gallery.




July 18 – 19 events and activities


National Automobile Museum

10 Lake Street South (corner of Lake & Mill)
Phone: 775-333-9300

Hours:  Monday—Sunday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $3 for juniors; ages 5 and under are free
The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) lets you travel through time like few other places can. Just two blocks from the streets of downtown Reno, you will walk down streets of the past.  Beyond the streets, you will discover a century of automobiles: more than 220 antique, vintage, classic, special interest and one-of-a-kind wonders as well as cars of the stars.


Verdi Trails West Inc.


Just west of Reno, visitors can enjoy guided trail rides and hayrides on more than 2500 deeded acres in the scenic foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Verdi Trails also provides boarding and private horsemanship lessons year round.


Animal Ark

Take 395 north to Exit #78, Take Red Rock Road

Phone: 775-970-3111

Hours: Tuesday—Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm

Cost: Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children

This 38-acre wildlife sanctuary gives you the chance to get up-close and personal with rare and beautiful creatures such as wolves, regal birds of prey and a white tiger named Khan.


Huffaker Hills Trail

1 Mile up Alexander Lake Road in South Reno

The Huffaker Hills Trail is separate from the Huffaker Hills Park and includes a 2.5 mile trail to the top of Twin Peaks. Once at the top hikers find themselves flanked by the Virginia range to the east and Mount Rose and Slide Mountain to the west.  The trail was built by community service workers over the summer of 2005 as a land conservation project. There are also portable restrooms, signs explaining landmarks and other features along the trail and picnic areas at the trailhead.


Great Basin Adventure

Rancho San Rafael Park, located minutes north of downtown Reno

Phone: 775-785-5961

Hours:  Winter: Wednesday—Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; Summer: Monday—Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm

Cost: Admission is $5 for adults and $3.50 for children and seniors

This theme park features a log flume ride, walk-through mining exhibits, gold panning, petting zoo, and a discovery room.


July events and activities

Wild Island Family Adventure Park

250 Wild Island Ct.

Phone: 775-359-2927

Hours:  Adventure Park, May—September, 11 am – 7 pm daily; Bowling Center, Sunday—Thursday, 10 am – 10 pm and Friday—Saturday, 10 am – 12 pm

Cost:  Admission is $18.95 and junior admission is $14.95 for the complete adventure experience; additional pricing available

From water slides to wave pools Wild Island has all the fun needed during the long winters and hot summers. With over 14 attractions open during the summer, guests can enjoy waterslides and wave pools, along with restaurants, bowling and go-karts. During the winter, the bowling center and Smokin Marlin Grill restaurant remain open.


Idlewild Park

1900 Idlewild Drive, Reno

Phone: 775-334-2270

Cost: $2 per guidebook for the walking tour of the Arboretum

Idlewild Park, near downtown Reno, holds softballs fields, a skateboard and rollerblade park, volleyball courts, barbeque and picnic areas and is home to the Municipal Rose Garden and City Arboretum. The Park also has a play area for children and a beautiful pond which is home to a variety of animals.


Oxbow Nature Study Area

On the Banks of the Truckee River at the end of Dickerson Road, Reno

Phone: 775-334-3808

Cost: None

With two miles of boardwalks and trails this is the perfect place to learn more about the Truckee River and its inhabitants.  Displays situated throughout explain the park in depth to curious visitors and nature lovers.


Fisherman’s Park

55 Galletti Way, Sparks

Hours: Park is open one hour before sunrise until two hours after sunset.

A fisherman’s haven at the eastern edge of Sparks, the Park has picnic areas for fisherman to gather and tell their tales after a long day of casting their lines.



July 18 – 19 events and activities

Rock Park

1515 Rock Blvd., Sparks

Situated on the edge of the Truckee River in Sparks, this park has picnic tables and barbeque areas, a play ground and a group picnic area.


Tahoe Whitewater Tours

Truckee River Kayak Park, Downtown Reno (satellite branch)

Tahoe City, CA (home office)

Phone: 1-800-442-7238

A guided, 2 or 4-hour inflatable raft tour through the whitewaters of the Truckee or American River begins at Chrissie Caughlin Park or in Tahoe City, CA.


Wild Sierra Adventures

254 W. 1st Street, Reno

Phone: 866-323-8928

Wild Sierra offers all of the Sierra’s adventures in one with guided whitewater and kayak trips on the Truckee River and Hiking or mountain bike tours down Peavine Peak and the Truckee River bicycle path.


Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway

P.O. Box 20288, Reno

Phone: (775) 825-9868

The Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway, while currently under construction, has 40 miles of accessible trails with stretches open from Vista Boulevard in Sparks through Reno and ending in Verdi, Nev. Another section of the trail is open west of Reno from Boca Reservoir through Truckee to Tahoe City, Calif.  A completion date for the trail is not yet known.


Truckee River White Water park at Wingfield Park

Arlington and First Streets at Wingfield Park

Downtown Reno

With 11 drop-pools, class two and three rapids, 7,000 pounds of smooth, flat-top boulders and 2,600 square-feet to play in, this downtown Reno Park is a great place for amateurs and professionals alike.
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