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Pioneer Center of
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Discovering Reno text

Perhaps in the past, Reno was a place you stopped in to get gas on your way to Lake Tahoe for some righteous skiing. Today, the Biggest Little City in the World has definitely come into its own. As Chef Mahoney can testify, Reno’s dining scene far exceeds its humble Basque offerings, a reminder that this was once a preferred crossing point of the Truckee River for prospectors during the Gold Rush of the late 1840s.

Reno was officially established in 1868, and the University of Nevada was founded a few years later. The university was a defining part of the town’s identity and a cultural incubator, so much so that it’s reflected in Reno’s nickname. Reno was the first city to have a legal casino. And, don’t forget, Reno is the birthplace of copper-riveted blue jeans invented by Levi Strauss’s partner, Jacob Davis, at his tailor shop at 211 North Virginia Street. Today, the town offers entertainment options for the whole family. With more than 120 murals and a sculpture trail that encircles the city, there is plenty to see and do.

Animal Ark
ONE OF Reno’s COLORFUL Murals
Truckee River White Water Park
Truckee
River White
Water Park
The Reno Arch
It’s an iconic landmark, so get your photo opp. The current sign that spans Virginia Street at the Commercial Row intersection is the third version.

The Generator
This inclusive art, maker, and community space is perfect for anyone who wants to make things and be part of a creative community. Burning Man artists can now store their art at the Generator. therenogenerator.com

Great Basin Food Co-Op
Featuring local manufacturers that make everything from pasta sauce and ice cream to killer salsa and wine, this locally grown and community-owned space was created in 2005. greatbasinfood.coop

Nevada Museum of Art
As the only nationally accredited museum in the state, the museum features exhibitions by national and international artists as well as a permanent collection. Visit for live music every first Thursday of the month and a brunch complete with a Bloody Mary bar every Sunday. nevadaart.org

Animal Ark
This wildlife sanctuary and nature center is just 30 minutes north of Reno, offering educational opportunities for all ages as well as field races between cheetahs, harvest festivals, and Wolf Howl Nights. animalark.org

Pioneer Center of the Performing Arts
A 1,500-seat theatre in the heart of downtown Reno, the Pioneer Center is easy to spot with its distinctive gold-anodized geodesic dome. Host to more than 100 events a year, from dance recitals to the Broadway Comes to Reno series, now 25 years old. pioneercenter.com

Reno’s Murals
You might be amazed to hear that Reno loves murals so much, they have an annual 24-hour mural marathon competition. Adding color and creativity to the urban landscape of Downtown and Midtown Reno, murals are painted by local, national, and international artists. Take part in a monthly tour, or simply follow the Art Spot Reno Mural Map Tour. artspotreno.com

Truckee River White Water Park
Ready for some white-knuckled adventure? How about whitewater kayaking, right in downtown Reno, where you can tackle Class 2 and 3 rapids right in the city center along the Truckee River. reno.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation-community-services/parks-trails/whitewater-park