Flights to Reno
Situated in the west of the state of Nevada is the city of Reno, the fourth largest city in Nevada. Like a little brother to the world famous Las Vegas, Reno also offers numerous casinos and resort style hotels, though not on the same scale as Vegas. In addition Reno is an excellent gateway for enjoying the abundant outdoor recreation that’s found nearby, making this a popular tourist destination.
International flights to Reno arrive at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (airport code: RNO) that is conveniently located about 3 miles outside the downtown core of the city. There are public buses as well as taxis and shuttles to take you to and from the airport. Virgin Atlantic has two connections in its flight to Reno: London and Denver. A flight with Delta Airlines travels through Atlanta and Phoenix instead.
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The Tourist Attractions in Reno:
Though Reno may not have casinos on quite the same scale as Las Vegas, this little city does do well in that department! When you visit Reno it’s difficult to miss the bright lights but even if gambling is not your thing the numerous casinos are also the source of entertainment and some great dining options. If you’re visiting with children Circus Circus is always a popular casino because its entertainment.
Nevada Museum of Art
Located in downtown Reno is the Nevada Museum of Art. This attraction is based inside an architecturally beautiful building so the building, as with many art galleries, is as much an attraction as the art itself. You’ll find both national and international touring exhibits here as well as a focus on regional art.
Rancho San Rafael Park
Reno has several large parks but the 570 acre Rancho San Rafael country park has lots to offer. You can enjoy walks here, whether on the trails or through the arboretum that forms part of the Wilbur D May Center. The Arboretum and Botanical Garden is free to enter and is quite different to many others you may have visited; the focus here is on high desert growing. The Wilbur D May Museum is also here and features an interesting mix of objects including antiques and collectables that were bought by May over his life, in countries around the world. Finally for children in your group the park is home to the Great Basin Adventure which offers a variety of activities aimed at children. Attractions include a log flume, a natural science discovery room, a small farm, a mine activity area, dinosaur statues and more.
Rancho San Rafael Park also hosts one of Reno’s biggest annual events, the Great Reno Balloon Race. If you’re visiting Reno in September you should definitely go along to this, the largest free hot air ballooning event in the country.
National Automobile Museum
Based on the extensive auto collection of the late William F Harrah of Harrah’s Entertainment, the National Automobile Museum is a great visit for anyone interested in cars, especially American ones. There are some rare and unusual cars here including the ‘Jerrari’ which is a Jeep fitted with a Ferrari engine!
When Should You Visit?:
Reno has a mild and dry climate as it sits in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, so dodging rain showers should not be a problem here! During the summer Reno is hot with average highs of 33C in July, and average highs of above 28C between June and September. Spring and autumn both experience warm temperatures too and though winters are fairly cool in comparison, the average high in January is still 7C.