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Top Recommended Layover Activities:

1. Oyster Bar on the Sky Terrace
3800 South Virginia Ave, Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Reno, NV 89502 · 775-825-4700
This place is always packed for the spectacular views afforded of the city and surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. Popular for the freshest oysters, clams, and shrimp in the city. Also offers delicious chowders, cioppino, and pan roasts.

2. Fleischmann Planetarium
1600 Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502 · 702-784-4812
This ultra-modern planetarium has been said to resemble a giant metallic saddle. Hosts a variety of astronomy exhibits and seminars. It is also the only planetarium to show "full-dome" IMAX movies. The science museum exhibits a one-ton meteorite, a solar system model, weather instruments and much more. Gift shop. ADMISSION: Planetarium free; IMAX films Adult $6, Senior/Child $4

3. Atlantis Casino Resort
3800 South Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502 · 775-825-4700
Enjoy the thrill of gaming at this beautiful hotel and casino. Entertain yourself at one of the 1500 slot machines or play an exciting game of Craps, Roulette, Blackjack, or Keno. You'll find a welcoming atmosphere and friendly attendants as Atlantis was dubbed the friendliest casino by the Greater Reno Hospitality Council.

4. El Dorado Hotel and Casino
345 North Virginia St, Reno, NV 89512 · 775-786-5700
A real winner, the El Dorado Casino draws gaming enthusiasts from all over who try their hands at games like Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Keno, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, and Let it Ride. Don't forget to try your luck at one of the 200 slot machines. To refresh yourself after a long night of gaming fun, visit the Race and Sportsbook Stadium Bar.

5. Fitzgeralds Casino Hotel
255 North Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501-1485 · 775-785-3300
You can actually win genuine sunken treasure at Fitzgerald's Casino. Treasures from the Atocha, which sank in 1622 (mostly recovered in 1971 by Mel Fisher), can be won just by playing the Atocha slot machines at Fitzgerald's Casino and Hotel. The 26,300 square feet gaming space has 865 slots on two different levels, plus Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, and Keno. On the second level is the Lucky Forest, which contains one of the largest collections of lucky memorabilia like the horseshoes from Triple Crown Winner, Secretariat.

6. Flamingo Hilton Reno
255 North Sierra St, Reno, NV 89501 · 775-322-1111
The Flamingo name is legendary, the entertainment, endless. Over 1200 slots, 67 gaming tables with Caribbean Stud Poker, Keno with an unbelievable $100,000 limit, mini baccarat, and race and sports book areas, with some of the friendliest dealers and managers anywhere in Reno. Travel to the Top of the Flamingo for one of the most breathtaking views in the city.

7. Harrah's Casino-Hotel, Reno
219 North Center St, Reno, NV 89501 · 775-786-3232
The only casino in Reno to have paid out the largest jackpot...an incredible three times. Blackjack and roulette never stop, 20 four hours a day, seven days a week. Two versions of Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, and the elegant table game of Baccarat. Staffed with friendly professionals, your Harrah's casino experience will be unforgettable!

8. John Ascuaga's Nugget
1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV 89431 · 775-356-3300
A great casino for the entire family, John Ascuaga's Nugget, offers more than 75,000 feet of gaming space with all of your traditional favorites, the Odyssey and Wheel of Fortune games, plus a video game room with simulated rides and an arcade. Need a break from the gaming? Take a dip in the atrium level indoor pool and whirlpool. Eight indoor bubble pools keep the kids entertained.

9. Peppermill Hotel and Casino
2707 South Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502 · 775-826-2121
When you walk in the Peppermill's Casino, you're surrounded by banks of slots - over 2100. You will also notice the main stage where live show acts entertain while you try your hand at the gaming tables. Poker, both Caribbean Stud and Let it Ride, are popular at the Peppermill. For those who choose, video games are also available.

10. Reno Hilton
2500 East 2nd St, Reno, NV 89595 · 775-789-2000
It's all about the numbers at the Reno Hilton Casino...More than 115,000 square feet of gaming space, Big Six Wheel, 1500 slots, 70 plus tables, and a Superbook area that seats more than 400, with 26 6'x8' video screens, plus a 50 seat Keno room. Whatever your gaming pleasure, you can find it at the Reno Hilton.

11. Sands Regency Hotel Casino
345 North Arlington Ave, Reno, NV 89501 · 775-348-2200
Just when you thought that all casinos were the same...look again. The Sands Regency has all the bells and whistles of the other casinos, plus the ONLY Bingo parlor in the Downtown area. Sportsbook boasts thirty-five video monitors, and the Sands has daily slot tournaments.

12. Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino
407 North Virginia St, Reno, NV 89505 · 775-329-4777
The Silver Legacy Resort is the newest addition to the Reno casino scene. Over 2300 slots, 80 gaming tables, PLUS the biggest Sportsbook video wall in Reno. Two separate Keno rooms, Progressive Caribbean Stud, Let it Ride, and Pai Gow Poker. You can find it all in the Silver Legacy's 85,000 square feet of thrilling casino excitement.

Top Weekend Getaways And Day Trip Excursions:

1. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe, NV
Located just 32 miles west of Reno via I-80 West, you'll find this country's most beautiful and pristine lake. Lake Tahoe, with an average depth of 980 feet, is the eighth deepest lake in the world and the second deepest lake in the US. Visitors can enjoy a multitude of activities here, from water and snow skiing, to gaming at one of the casinos on its south shore. But we suggest that you go for the sheer beauty of the place...crystal clear water, miles of beautiful shoreline, and mountains all around. Mark Twain described this little piece of Eden as "the fairest picture the whole earth affords."

2. Great Reno Balloon Race
North Virgina St, Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, NV 89501 · 775-785-4319
Over 125 of the nation's top balloonists take to the skies over Reno for this annual September event. Events begin early in the day with the Dawn Patrol, a glorious sight of hundreds of balloons ascending in the pre-dawn darkness. Great family fun.

3. National Championship Air Races
Stead Field, Reno, NV · 775-972-6663
This is the world's longest running annual air race. Daily competitions include one or more races from Biplane, Formula One, Sport, and AT-6 racings classes. Aerobatic stunts, sky-writing, and military jet displays are also featured at this exciting event. Held at Stead Field located approximately 10 miles north of downtown Reno.

4. Reno International Jazz Festival
University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV · 775-784-4046
This annual festival features competitions among the best jazz groups and bands from schools all over the West. Also has performances by professional jazz musicians. A can't-miss opportunity for jazz enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

5. Reno Rodeo
1350 North Wells Ave, Reno, NV 89512 · 775-329-3877
Dubbed as the "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West," the Reno Rodeo is the third largest in the nation and features the top professional cowboys and cowgirls vying for over $1 million in prize money. Bronco riding, barrel racing, cutting, exhibits and food are just some of the annual offerings. And don't miss the Midway carnival, popular with children of all ages.

6. Reno-Tahoe Open
18000 Bordeaux Dr, Reno, NV 89511 · 775-849-1090
Located about 15 miles south of Reno, you'll find this beautiful golf club which is one of the latest stops on the PGA tour. Top professionals vie for the $2.75 million purse during the latter part of August each year. Perfect for avid golf fans.

7. Mt. Rose
Hwy 431, Reno, NV
This is one of the region's tallest peaks, and it offers spectacular views of Reno, Lake Tahoe, and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. Take the 5-mile trail to the summit just off the right side of Highway 431.

8. Pyramid Lake
208 Capitol Hill, Nixon, NV · 775-476-0500
This ancient beauty is the remnant of the prehistoric Great Basin Sea which once covered almost the entire area of Nevada. Located 35 miles northeast of Reno, this is probably the best fishing spot in the area offering Lahontan Cutthroat trout and the ancient Cui-ui fish (the only other place in the world that has these fish is Lake Titicaca in Peru, South America). The Paiute Indians make this their home and offer guided tours of the fish hatcheries. The lake is dotted with mystical rock formations - be sure to visit "Weeping Mother" fomation on the west side of the lake. Whether you come for the fishing, or just to explore the magnificence of this place, you're sure to leave satisfied. Hiking and picnic facilities are available.

Helpful Tips & Resources

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  • Don't let heavy bags slow you down! Make use of our airport's complimentary baggage carts, available for all travelers in the baggage claim area.
  • If you have some time before your departure, relax, grab a bite, peruse the shops, or jump on the free wifi and surf galore!
  • Are you a frequent flyer or traveling in business or first class? Check out where the airline lounges are located.
  • Once you have passed through security, you can use the interactive terminal map to find your gate, as well as the various restaurants and shops that are available on your route.
  • Need some cash for your trip? Check here for the location of in-terminal ATMs or currency exchangers.
  • If you're flying in from out of town and need transportation to your destination, consider renting a car from one of these rental car providers.