Foliage along the Truckee River, Reno, Nevada (RSCVA)

Neon lights at night in Reno, Nevada (Visions of America/Joe Sohm/Digital Vision/Getty)

Skyline of Reno, Nevada (Glen Allison/Photodisc/Getty)

Street in Reno, Nevada (PhotoDisc)


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What to do in Reno

Built as a railroad town in the 1860s, Reno, Nevada, has always lived on the edge. But today, instead of the miners’ saloons, brothels, and quickie wedding parlors of yesteryear, Reno’s wild side comes out in places like the Truckee River, which bisects downtown. The Truckee River Whitewater Park features 11 drop-pools with nearly 3,000 feet of Class II and III rapids that provide a year-round playground for kayaking, rafting, and the newest rage, standup paddleboarding. For people who prefer their outdoor adventure on land, there’s the new CommRow, a casino turned urban adventure center, with a 16-story multi-pitch climbing wall rising up the outside of the building. Winfield Park (on an island made by a fork of the river) hosts year-round festivals and is the town’s summer hangout for picnicking and free music.