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The Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS), P.O. Box 14003, Reno, NV 89533 (tel. 775/747-4478; www.historicreno.org), offers a series of architectural and historical walking tours. You can stroll through the city's ethnic neighborhoods or bike through some of Reno's historic zones, each loaded with many examples of classic American architectural styles. Check the website for dates and times.

The Truckee River winds through downtown Reno, and the Arts District (www.renoriver.org) that's sprung up along its banks is worth a stroll. A walk beginning at Wingfield Park will lead you over the bridge onto West Street Plaza, where concerts are held. Shops line First Street with cinemas, coffeehouses, and art galleries. Follow Virginia Street to find the Riverside Hotel Artist Lofts, and the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. The third Saturday of each month the Downtown Merchants Association hosts Wine Walk on the Riverwalk from 2 to 5pm. For $20 participants get a commemorative glass and wine tastings at more than a dozen art galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, and theaters. The South end of the Truckee River Arts District, known as CalAve, is becoming a notable neighborhood with boutiques, restaurants and bars, and the formidable Nevada Museum of Art.

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