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Are you ready for thrills, adventure, and riches like no other? No, you don’t have to be a pirate plundering the high seas. You just need to hop in a rental RV and visit Reno, Nevada! Reno is small in area but larger than life in every other way. Visitors flock from all over the world to enjoy the casinos, wild shows, and grand hotels. You’ll know you’re there when you see the Reno Arch. Spanning across Virginia Street at the intersection of Commercial Row, the arch is brightly lit and displays the town’s motto: “The Biggest Little City in the World”. Reno wasn’t always a gambling town. During the height of the gold rush, mining boomed in the late 18th century. The town only grew more as the new railroad rolled in; Reno became the halfway stop between Sacramento and Salt Lake City. It finally became a major gambling center after 1931, when gambling was legalized in the state. Reno is popular for motorhome travelers because of its proximity to natural treasures; it is right by the Sierra Nevadas. These mountains are home to many parks, trails, and ski resorts. Just to the south of Reno is Lake Tahoe, a picturesque paradise with large parks and resorts too.
Reno isn’t all about casinos—in fact, Reno is actually host to a natural wonderland in the middle of the desert! Just to the west of the city is the Tahoe National Forest. It’s almost one million acres of rugged mountains and dense woodland, with some of the prettiest hiking scenery and camping areas in the state. The forest includes the peak of Sierra Buttes, reaching a point higher than 8,500 feet and offering views of Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen. Lake Tahoe lies in the National Forest. Emerald Bay State Park is centered on the lake and is a National Natural Landmark. It boasts breathtaking views of the water, mountains and surrounding forest. The park is RV-friendly, offering a few campsites, but booking in advance is recommended as the park is a popular destination during the camping season.
The Truckee River offers a raging oasis in the desert. Running from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake, it passes through Reno along the way. Idlewild Park in downtown Reno is right on the river. It features a rose garden, duck ponds, 2 playgrounds, and a skate park. The Truckee River is a source of drinking water for Reno and the surrounding areas, but it’s also a source of fun! It provides access to fishing, tubing, swimming, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. The Truckee River gets its power from the melting snow running off the nearby mountains. These mountains offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding opportunities in the country. Just south of the city is Mt. Rose, the tallest mountain in Washoe County. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe resort features eight ski lifts and over 60 trails across more than 1,200 acres.
Reno is home to some of the country’s finest hotels and resorts, but there are also plenty of places that are perfect to park your rental RV trailer in Reno. On the north side of the city, Bordertown Casino and RV Resort lies on the California-Nevada state line. On top of having plenty of full-hookup RV sites, there’s a casino open to guests 24 hours. The Borderdown Deli is also open 24 hours, or grab a bite at The Kafana which offers American and Mexican cuisine. There is also an on-site fueling station, selling gas, diesel, and propane at competitive prices. Filling up your tank up will get you a voucher for special deals in the casino and restaurant.
Rivers Edge RV Park is next to the Truckee River. It’s close to downtown Reno in the suburb of Sparks. Its central location places this park near some of Reno’s most popular attractions, like Victorian Square and the National Car Museum. The park is pet-friendly, and has more than 160 full RV hook-ups with free cable and Wi-Fi. Shamrock RV Park is one of the highest rated places to stay. It’s just a few minutes from downtown and has great views of the Sierras. There are more than 120 campsites, paved, level and complete with full hook-ups. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time at the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, then the RV Park at GSR is the best option for you and your rental RV trailer in Reno. It’s right on campus and has plenty of room.
When you book an RV in Reno, you’ll have so much to see and do! There are 20 different casinos in town, many offering more than just gambling. Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is the largest, surpassing the size of even the Luxor, Excalibur and Mirage casinos in Las Vegas. Guests can enjoy the usual gambling as well as fine dining, the spa, and nightclub. The Grand Sierra features an indoor theme park, complete with roller coasters, go-karts, and mini golf! If the casinos aren’t your scene, that’s ok. The rest of the city is packed with plenty of other exciting stuff! Check out Reno’s Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, host of traveling Broadway shows and home of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. The Animal Ark is another popular attraction, a rescue sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife. Reno is also home to the world’s only National Bowling Stadium. The bowling mega-center was the filming location for the movie “Kingpin” and covers more than 350,000 square feet. It can hold more than 1,000 spectators for events and has 78 full-sized bowling lanes. There’s always a huge event or festival taking place in Reno. There’s the month-long Artown Festival, the Reno River Fest celebrating the beautiful Truckee, dozens of music festivals, an annual Pride festival, a festival for Greek culture, another for Celtic, and countless others. What are you waiting for? Get up and go to Reno!