I chose to stay in Reno, Nevada for a week because it was a well known city I had never been to, equidistant to multiple places I was interested in visiting.
It is certainly quieter than it’s overshadowing city-sibling, Vegas, but I prefer the relaxing environment of a smaller city. Actually, its catch phrase is ‘the biggest little city in the world.’ Perfect. When you’re rolling around the city center you may notice the glitzy sparkling Reno Arch [Intersection of N Virginia & W Commerical, Reno, NV], I made a point to check it out.
I’m all about the kitsch – and so is Reno. If you park to walk around the area there is another silly little spot you should stroll to, the proclaimed birth place of denim jeans [211 North Virginia St., Reno, NV]!
You’d probably walk right by the little blue plaque if you didn’t know it was there, but you should probably pay tribute, who doesn’t have a favorite pair of jeans? Also if you appreciate Big Bug Sculptures [190 West Moana Lane, Reno, NV] like I do, make sure not to miss the on in Reno!
Elvis has a lot of clout in Nevada and in Sparks, a neighboring town, I went searching for his collection of guns and jewels. Sierra Sids [200 N McCarran Blvd Sparks, NV 89431] is a casino truck stop where they were supposed stored,
but the employee there said they were sold off years ago. I was about to think of this as a bummer, before I noticed there were plenty of other guns. Ever heard of Sitting Bull, General Custer, or Crazy Horse? How about President Theodore Roosevelt? This place still has a pretty amazing collection of guns who belonged to other influential people, and you can check them out at no cost and then go play some slots.
Not a bad deal! Paired with pyramid of tufa, basque food, pinball to play, and gambling – this was a great city to stay in. Stay tuned.