You can still take in that luxurious casino life, too
Little known fact: Reno was actually the first city in Nevada to have a legal casino, as the Bank Club began offering gambling here literally 24 hours after the state permitted it in 1931. In the nearly 90 years since, Reno became something of a casino town -- but now it's exploring a broader identity. Many former casinos have become concert spaces, fine dining restaurants, and bars with cool park games like shuffleboard and bocce, and even the world's tallest rock-climbing wall. The great part is you can have both: the diversified attractions still share the neighborhood with everything you want from a casino: luxury spas, all-you-can-eat buffets, plenty of big name acts, and (duh) gaming. For example, the Peppermill has been around since 1971 and has a 33,000-square-foot spa, with geothermally heated pools that use the hot spring beneath the property. For you that means easily accessible fun of both stripes; Reno resorts don’t put the rest of the city out of reach. Downtown -- and foremost the Truckee River Arts District -- is a perfect example, where cafes and breweries share the ‘hood with casinos, resulting in a truly well-rounded Reno experience that checks all the boxes... and brings a whole new meaning to that "Biggest Little City" nickname.