Outside Magazine listed Reno as one of its “25 of America’s Best Towns Ever”.
The popular publication is focused on the outdoors and included Seattle, Kansas City, Bend, Austin, Boise, Kona and Fort Collins in the list. Reno was listed as the “best low-key hideout” in America.
Outside Magazine quoted: “Reno is home to the world’s tallest climbing wall (164 feet at BaseCamp, located at the Whitney Peak Hotel), year-round desert mountain biking, a half-mile long downtown whitewater-kayaking park and the 55-degree chutes at Mount Rose Ski Resort, just 25 minutes uphill from the slot machines.”
Here are some of our favorite things about living in Reno.
Water, Water, Water!
Not only is Reno incredibly close to Lake Tahoe (only a 20-minute drive), it is also home to the Truckee River. The centerpiece of downtown, this beautiful body of water is full after a wet winter and features an exciting kayaking park in the Riverwalk District. In addition to the Truckee and Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake is just a 90-minute drive out of town and features great local fishing.
Events for Everyone
Every week there is something new to try or return to. Artown, Hot August Nights, Street Vibrations, the Reno River Festival, the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, the Great Balloon Race, the Reno Rodeo, the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, Burning Man, the Great Italian Festival, Food Truck Fridays, the Barracuda Championship, the American Century Championship, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Genoa’s Candy Dance, the Virginia City International Camel Races… just to name a few. Add in fabulous venues such as the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts, the Nevada Museum of Art, Greater Nevada Baseball Field, the National Automobile Museum, Animal Ark, the Children’s Discovery Museum, V&T Railway Museum and the National Bowling Stadium and you have more events than weekends!
Epic and Colorful Sunsets
You could be one of the world’s worst photographers and still get a great shot of a Reno sunset. Reno’s sky on an average summer night is on fire with a majestic blend of purples, pinks, blues, reds and oranges. These sunsets rarely exist in any other place in the world other than Northern Nevada.
Ski, Fish, Hike, Golf, Etc.
Northern Nevada is one of the only places in the world where you can ski (either on the water or the snow), fish, hike and golf all in one day. Many folks are lucky if they can squeeze one or two of these activities in on a weekend. Add in the world-renowned mountain biking and there are few places in America that offer the kind of outdoor recreation here. Sometimes your biggest problem is figuring out which activities to get in on any given day. I guess having too many great things to choose from is a good thing in this case!
On Christmas, it is cold and it snows. In July, you can find folks lounging poolside or on Tahoe beaches in the sunny, warm weather. April showers DO bring May flowers. That is what you will get in Northern Nevada. All four season, very distinctly. Factor in over 300 days of sunshine a year and you have a beautifully mixed recipe for fine weather.
No one likes to sit in traffic. It isn’t unusual for those living in Southern California to spend two hours sitting in an idling car on their commute to work. While the freeways here may get a little back up from time to time, it’s nothing compared to places like Seattle, Las Vegas, Denver, Honolulu, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland or other popular Western cities. No matter where you are, you can get back and forth one-way in Reno in less than 30 minutes. For many, the commute is much less than that.
The University of Nevada
UNR is a nationally ranked Tier 1 college and someplace to be proud of being an alumnus. On top of that, there aren’t many college campuses that are as beautiful as Nevada’s. A number of Hollywood films were taped on UNR’s campus in the ‘40s and ‘50s because of its idyllic, movie-quality locations. The brick buildings are akin to those you would find at Ivy League schools and the lower quad on a fall afternoon explodes with changing colors of the season.
Once known for quickie divorces and casinos, Reno has defined itself as a place for entrepreneurial spirit in recent years. The addition of Tesla will only help create more innovation and UNR’s Innovation Center (a collaborative space created to stimulate invention, entrepreneurialism, small business and startups) should be a big boon. Reno is a place that is open to new ideas and building something unique and great. BONUS: No state income tax.
“The Biggest Little City”
The “Goldilocks” of cities, Reno is not too big and not too small. There is the advantages of big-city life with plenty of events and festivals to attend with the small-town feel of minimal traffic, pollution and overcrowding.
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