Nevada Museum of Art#5 in Best Things To Do in Reno
Founded in 1931, the Nevada Museum of Art is the oldest established cultural center in the state. But you wouldn't know that by looking at it. In 2001, the museum underwent a $22 million move and renovation; the building that now stands at the southern end of the Truckee Riverwalk is a fantastic example of modern architecture inspired by the landscape and the geological formations of the Black Rock Desert.
The interior is just as fascinating with permanent collections that are divided into four thematic areas featuring a variety of media: "Altered Landscape Photography," "Art of the Greater West," "Contemporary Art" and the "Work Ethic." Aside from its permanent collections and temporary exhibits, the museum also boasts two outdoor sculpture gardens, not to mention its Center for Art + Environment, which is a research center that studies the creative interactions between people and their environments. Aside from the art, the building itself is a sight to see: its torqued exterior wall, suspended atrium staircase, and stunning views of the Reno skyline and the Sierra Nevada impressed recent visitors.
For many, a trip to the museum served as a refreshing break from the casino. Though some found it small in size (spanning 60,000 square feet across four levels), others felt the layout and quality of the art on display makes a stop here worthwhile. If you can, reviewers suggest you tag along on one of the museum's guided tours, led by trained docents Thursdays at 6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m.
The Nevada Museum of Art is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. General admission is $10, although discounts are available for senior citizens, students and younger children. Parking is available in the museum lot, as well as in free and metered spaces on nearby streets. For more information, check out the museum's website.
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#1 Lake Tahoe
Sitting only about 40 miles south of "The Biggest Little City" on the border of Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the country, boasting soaring mountains and crystal-clear waters. It's best known as a skiing destination, where visitors will find top-notch facilities like Squaw Valley (which hosted the 1960s Olympic Winter Games) and the massive Heavenly Ski Resort. But Lake Tahoe also makes for an excellent summer getaway thanks to its sprawling beaches, ample boating and fishing opportunities and well-maintained hiking trails.
For the best views (no matter the season), recent visitors recommend a stop at Emerald Bay State Park on the California side of the lake. According to one TripAdvisor user: "It was breathtaking! I now consider it my new favorite place … I got several great shots from Emerald Bay. Very picturesque!!"
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