Guide: Reno-Tahoe, Nevada

During the 2023 Government Social Media Conference, you can explore a variety of attractions in Reno, scenic Lake Tahoe and other cities nearby. 

Downtown/Central Reno area

  • The Eddy: This unique communal space located right on the Truckee River is made entirely out of shipping containers. Family and pup-friendly, enjoy food, yard games, live music and some of the best wood-fired pizza in town.
  • Junkee Exchange: An eclectic thrift shop with everything from clothing to antiques.
  • Find the best chili cheese dog in town at the most unlikely place - the Cal-Neva on Virginia Street (hidden in the first floor eatery inside this local's casino).

Get your adrenaline pumping at the world’s largest outdoor climbing wall! Located in the Whitney Peak Hotel, the Big Wall is a staggering 164-feet tall and offers stunning views of the iconic Reno Arch and the Sierra Nevada mountains. 

Home to the Reno Aces Triple-A baseball team

Reno Aces vs. Round Rock Express, games nightly May 2 & 3 - more info

One of the top ten automobile museums in the country, the National Automobile Museum boasts an impressive collection of more than 220 different automobiles - from vintage classics to rare limited editions, even cars used on movie and tv sets! Explore the various galleries and exhibits to learn more about the museum’s one-of-a-kind collection or book a 90-minute guided tour to delve deeper and learn interesting facts and stories behind the collections.

Plan Your Visit:

Take a stroll along the picturesque Truckee River and explore Reno’s bustling Riverwalk District. Recently revitalized by the city, the downtown riverwalk offers ample green spaces and parks, as well as shopping, restaurants, bars and entertainment. 

Want to learn more about the biggest little city in the world? Try one of these guided tours to experience Reno’s art, history and culture. 

  • Pineapple Pedicabs - From art and mural tours to pub crawls, Pineapple Pedicabs offers unique tours to discover Reno. 
  • Midtown & Murals Food Tour - Get a taste of Reno while enjoying the backdrop of midtown’s famous art murals. 
  • Downtown Reno Food Tour - Indulge in tastings at some of downtown’s most iconic and up-and-coming eateries. 

Reno Bike Brew - Grab some friends to bike through town on a pedal trolley while stopping at some of the city’s most popular breweries and distilleries.

Walk across the Truckee River on the historic Virginia Street Bridge. 

Named after a well-known Reno philanthropist, the Wilbur D. May Center offers fun and engaging learning experiences for all ages. The center is home to a museum, arboretum and botanical garden. Learn more about the legacy and worldwide travels of Wilbur D. May while browsing his unique private collection at the museum, or browse the botanical garden’s native plants and stunning seasonal displays.

Beyond Reno - Places to visit in Nevada

If you rent a car or have other transportation, here are some notable sights outside of Reno!

For a truly unique and historical experience, explore Genoa, the first settled community in what later became the Nevada territory.

  • Heavenly Mountain Gondola - Take in panoramic views of Lake Tahoe on this 2.4-mile gondola ride at Heavenly Mountain Resort. 
  • MS Dixie II - Enjoy a scenic sightseeing cruise or dinner with a view on South Lake Tahoe’s largest cruising vessel. 
  • Zephyr Cove Resort - With cruises, hiking, horseback riding, parasailing, fine dining and more, enjoy endless activities at this popular beachside resort in South Lake Tahoe. 
  • Kings Beach State Recreation Area - Looking to dip your toes in Lake Tahoe’s crystal blue waters? This popular recreational area offers 976 feet of pristine beach along the north shore.  
  • Day hiking in Lake Tahoe - Hit the trails to discover the striking backcountry of Lake Tahoe.

Visit Virginia City

Located 35 miles from Reno, Virginia City is an old western town that became an important industrial city in the American West during the mining boom of the 19th century. The discovery of a rich deposit of silver in 1859, known as the Comstock Lode, led thousands of people to flock to the area in hopes of striking it rich. During the city’s heyday, millions of dollars in gold and silver were mined in the area. In 1961, the town was declared as a National Historic Landmark and to this day continues to maintain its rich historic character and preserve its vibrant mining past. 

Things to Do: 

  • Chollar Mine Tour - Tour of one of the great mines of the Comstock Lode deep beneath the hills of Virginia City.
  • Ponderosa Mine Tour & Saloon - Located in downtown Virginia City, this historic saloon is attached to the Ponderosa mine. Grab a drink before heading underground to tour the old mine. 
  • Washoe Club Saloon & Ghost Tours - The Washoe Club has the historic distinction of being Virginia City’s oldest - and reportedly haunted - saloon. 
  • The Mackay Mansion - Step back in time at this historic, Victorian era mansion. 



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