Reno, commonly known as "The Biggest Little City in the World," provides a stark contrast to big brother Las Vegas in southern Nevada. This mountain town features smaller crowds and much cooler weather while providing a launching point to other area attractions such as Lake Tahoe and Virginia City. Reno offers plenty of local lodging options, including more than a dozen casino resorts offering many of the same amenities you would find in "Sin City."
While chain hotels are spread around Reno, you will find most casino resorts clustered in the downtown area between First and Sixth streets. Other popular resorts are a little further out. Both Peppermill and Atlantis are located on South Virginia Street about a mile south of downtown, while Grand Sierra Resort is a mile east, just off Highway 395.
If you have the family in tow, consider Circus Circus, which features free circus acts at the resort. Those who enjoy their food and drink should give Eldorado a try. This resort includes a microbrewery, bakery and butcher shop and gelato factory. Grand Sierra is the entertainment capital among Reno resorts, with a 50-lane bowling alley, two movie theaters, family amusement center, indoor simulated golf and shopping mall.
All casinos offer standard games such as blackjack, craps, roulette and slot machines. Most also offer lesser-played games such as Let It Ride and Three Card Poker. Grand Sierra features the best poker room and frequently hosts major tournaments. American Casino Guide recommends playing craps at Sands Regency because it offers10X odds bets on pass line wagers. Silver Legacy deals the best six-deck blackjack games and has good odds on its cheaper video poker machines, according to American Casino Guide.
Stay at a downtown property and you can walk from one resort to the next. This also allows you to enjoy downtown Reno, which features a number of small coffee shops and boutiques along the Truckee River. Most resorts offer free shuttles to and from the airport (tips for drivers are appreciated), but if you really want to explore the area you should consider renting a car at the airport.
- "American Casino Guide 2010 edition"; Steve Bourie; 2009