Dubbed "The Biggest Little City in the World," bustling Reno is the gateway to adventure in Nevada. Reno's wide-open spaces in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains pack in daring pursuits like a rafting trip on the mighty Truckee River or a strategic game of poker in one of the city's flashy casinos. Activities and attractions aren't limited to the ground: The annual Great Reno Balloon Race in September launches a rainbow of hot-air wonders into the sky.

Things to Do

Take a guided walking tour along the Truckee River Corridor to see architecture from Reno's pioneer past. The Arts District's Nevada Museum of Art has works focused on the land and environment, like Phyllis Shafer's vibrant Hope Valley Morning. Listen for the deep whistle of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad and ride along to the gold and silver mining town of Virginia City. Soothe your senses at Spa Atlantis and watch a colorful saltwater cascade in the brine inhalation lounge.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Win it big or park yourself at a rum bar at Reno's casinos. Face up to the coconut-flavored flaming Kava Kava, served in a huge bowl for two at Rum Bullions Island Bar. Funky folk bands as well as classical orchestras occupy the vast acre of stage space at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino's Grand Theatre. Swing into the swanky 210 North, with two dance floors and two VIP lounges, for a taste of the crowded Reno club scene.

Restaurants and Dining

Start your day with a plate of spicy huevos rancheros bigger than your head at Peg's Glorified Ham & Eggs. Casual, family-friendly dining is Reno's specialty, where steakhouses and charming bistros abound, even in the trendiest neighborhoods, like Cal Ave (California Avenue). Roundabout Bistro's menu features crispy, thin-crust pizza topped with fresh, locally farmed vegetables or bites of meat. Kitchen beginners become Western-style grilling masters with a class taught by local chefs at Nothing to It! Culinary Center.

Active Pursuits

Head to the Truckee River Whitewater Park with your kayak to play in Class II and III rapids -- or visit during May's Reno River Festival to watch how the pros do it. Hikers can journey among lodgepole pine forests along the Ophir Creek Trail. Speed past pine trees on El Cap, the longest ski chute on Mt. Rose. Find a seat at Aces Ballpark and cheer with the crowd for the Reno Aces, the region's first Triple-A baseball team.