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Reno's Riverwalk District: the place to be

If you thought Reno, Nevada, was a little Las Vegas, all about gambling and live entertainment, think again. These days he is showing a different side of his personality. Reno began next to the Truckee River, which flows through the city, and the Riverwalk District brings this city known for its games back to its roots. It is an area full of shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars, theaters and unique events. The Wine Walk and Halloween Hollow are just two of the fun events that make visiting the Riverwalk District fun.

The Riverwalk district is centered on the Raymond I. Smith officially named Truckee River Walk, located along the south side of the Truckee River between Virginia Street and Arlington Avenue. From here, you can meander a few blocks in all directions to browse the many businesses in this poorly defined district. Go to the Riverwalk District website to find specific businesses and their locations.

Truckee River Arts District

In another departure from its rough old image, Reno has become known as a center for the arts. The Truckee River Arts District encompasses a large strip of downtown that includes the Riverwalk District and the California Avenue shopping area. In addition to what those two areas have to offer, you’ll find the Nevada Museum of Art, the National Automobile Museum, the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, the Lake Mansion, and Truckee River Whitewater Park.

West Street Market

West Street Market opened its indoor stores in December 2008. Check out all the places you can eat, drink and party in this lively hub of restaurants and bars, shops, galleries and entertainment venues. Summer at West Street Market includes an outdoor plaza that hosts a farmer’s market, various vendors, and educational activities. West Street Market is between First and Second streets, one block from the Truckee River.

Wine walk

The Wine Walk, which takes place on the third Saturday of each month from 2 to 5 p.m., is a great way to get acquainted with the restaurants, shops and their owners in the Riverwalk District and in the larger Truckee River Arts District a along the Truckee River and nearby downtown streets. For a small fee, you get a commemorative wine glass, an identification bracelet, and a map so you can find all of the participating merchants, and then you go to taste wine at any or all of them. It goes without saying that you must be at least 21 years old to participate.

You can find out which merchants are Wine Walk participants by visiting any member and picking up an official walking map of the district. This is a great way to have quality friend time and stroll through beautiful downtown Reno.

It’s you

You’ll find the best weather in Reno in April, May, September and October, says US News & World Report. This is also when you will find the smallest crowds. But Reno is close to Lake Tahoe, and that means plenty of outdoor activities in the summer and skiing in the winter. So every time you go to Reno it is a good time to visit. Since the Riverwalk District is the center, you have many options for where to stay at many prices. Some good options that are less than half a mile from the Riverwalk District are Silver Legacy Resort and Casino, Courtyard Reno Downtown / Riverfront, Harrah’s Reno, Whitney Peak Hotel, Eldorado Resort Casino, and Plaza on the River at Plaza Resort Club.

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