To experience a side of Reno you won't find in a casino, take a stroll along the Truckee River Walk. A place to enjoy the Reno's central outdoors and the cool water breeze on a warm day, the River Walk was created in the 1990s to bring attention to Reno's scenic river.
Along the walk you'll find plenty of attractions to help enjoy your time in Nevada's second city. With countless restaurants and bars, there's also a busy hive of retail activity situated along First Street between Lake St and Arlington St.
Once you've had your shopping and eating fix, take a hit of adrenalin at the Truckee River Whitewater Park. Don't worry if you're paddling isn't up to pace, it's easy to steer clear of the rapids and take a more cruisy route.
Tahoe Whitewater Tours is the place to go to rent a raft or kayak. Further up river you'll find Idlewild Park – a tranquil place to enjoy a picnic in the outdoors, the park is also a popular spot for fishing or just to admire the flowers in the rose garden.
While the Truckee River Walk is officially located between Arlington Avenue and Lake Street, the Truckee River Arts District is another attraction encompassed within the area. An region that celebrates Reno's art and culture scene, within or close to the walk you'll find the Nevada Museum of Art, National Automobile Museum and Pioneer Centre for the Performing Arts.
If you've got a real thirst for adventure, you can venture even further downstream too. The Tahoe-Pyramid bikeway runs much of the way along the river and allows you to continue all the way past Truckee to Lake Tahoe City, and then to Lake Tahoe itself. If this sounds like a good idea to you, head to Black Rock Bicycles on N Virginia St to find the best range of bikes for rent in Reno.