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Ultimate Reno Guide 2023: TOP 10 Things to do in Reno, Nevada

Updated: Mar 30

best things to do in reno nevada

Reno, Nevada, dubbed "The Biggest Little City in the World," is close to Lake Tahoe and known for its casinos. But there is much more to this charming city than just gambling. Whether you are into arts and culture, the food and cocktail scene, or gaming, Reno has something for everyone. In this Reno guide, I'm sharing 10 recommendations on what to do in Reno, Nevada.



1. Reno Arch

reno arch in reno nevada

Reno arch in reno nevada
View of Reno Arch from the deck of the Whitney Peak Hotel

Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Reno (besides gambling) is the Reno Arch. Located in the heart of downtown Reno, the original arch was built in 1926. The current Reno Arch was re-installed in 1987, with design updates in 2009 and 2018.

Tip: If you are visiting the Reno Arch at night (the best time to see it in all its lit-up glory), be mindful of your surroundings. While Reno is generally considered a safe city, downtown around the arch and casinos are known to be sketchy at night.


2. Art Murals

Art mural in downtown Reno
Location: City Plaza

Art mural in downtown Reno
Location: Mexcal restaurant parking lot

Art mural in downtown Reno
Location: The side of The Nest building

Reno is home to countless street murals painted by local and international artists. The Insta-worthy murals add splashes of color all around Reno and are super fun to snap a picture with. provides a handy art map of the murals and street art in Downtown and Midtown Reno.


3. City Plaza

believe sculpture in downtown reno
"Believe" by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Shomberg

"The Space Whale" by Matt Schultz

Located in Downtown Reno along the Truckee River, City Plaza is home to a skate park and two former Burning Man sculptures: BELIEVE and The Space Whale. It's also within walking distance of many bars and restaurants in Reno's Downtown district.


4. University Ridge Park

university ridge park reno nevada

University Ridge Park offers excellent views of the Reno skyline. The easily accessible overlook is about a 10-minute drive from downtown Reno. Just park your car in the designated parking lot and walk right up to the viewpoint, no hike involved. The park features a paved walking trail and a covered picnic area.


5. Downtown Riverwalk

reno riverwalk downtown reno