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135 N. Sierra St.

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Free
24/7 daily

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Free, Neighborhood/Area, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Downtown Reno's updated Riverwalk area – located along the Truckee River between Arlington Avenue and Lake Street – draws art lovers and gourmands alike with its collection of galleries and restaurants. You'll find most of these up-and-coming establishments lining the southern end, which residents have come to refer to as CalAve. And if you're not sure where to begin, tag along on a Wine Walk. This event – hosted by the Riverwalk Merchants Association for $20 per person — takes place the third Saturday of the month from 2 to 5 p.m. and includes wine tastings at more than a dozen galleries and specialty stores.

Recent visitors frequently described this area as a clean, pleasant reprieve from the casinos (especially during the fall and spring) and highly recommend it for those traveling with kids.

You're free to stroll at any time of day for no cost. You'll find plenty of public and metered parking around the district, but if you have to park in the nearby parking garage, you can get your ticket validated by many of the Riverwalk's businesses. For more information, visit the Riverwalk Merchants Association website.

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Sitting about 40 miles south of Reno 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), visitors recommend a stop at Emerald Bay State Park on the California side of the lake. 

You can get to the area from Reno by following Interstate 395 south to Route 431 and then hopping onto Route 28, which traces the entire perimeter of the lake. You don't have to pay to tour Lake Tahoe, but different attractions around town may charge admission. For more information, visit our Lake Tahoe travel guide.

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