Mar 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Reno is Awaiting Senior Visitors

Reno is the birthplace of the gaming corporation Harrah’s Entertainment. City residents are called Renoites.  Reno is seamlessly bordered to the east by the city of Sparks. The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area is informally called the Truckee Meadows, and consists of about 400,000 residents. Reno is known for gambling just as Las Vegas but there is much more for seniors to do besides gambling. The official visitor website is a must visit. The Event Calendar has festivals, horse shows, golf events, pool parties and more so check out what is in store for you prior to your arrival.

With its beautiful Riverwalk District, downtown whitewater kayak park, popular events and easy access to unlimited outdoor adventure, the bustling city of Reno has come a long way from its mid-1800s beginning. Originally a small community known as Lakes Crossing that popped up to serve westward travelers, the town enjoyed growth from railroad extensions, legalized casino gambling, liberal divorce laws and, eventually, economic diversification beyond gaming. That means that today, Reno has a lot going on for locals and senior visitors alike.

The area is full of outdoor activities for seniors including many bike trails, campgrounds and fishing. Although now known as America’s Adventure Place, Reno-Tahoe was once the site of one of the largest silver deposits in the world, the $400 million lode. Gold was discovered in the vicinity of Virginia City in 1850 and a modest mining community developed, but the discovery of silver in 1859 led to one of the greatest mining bonanzas of all time as the Comstock Lode spewed forth treasure. The Truckee River, located nearby,  is known for white rafting.

Biggest Little City in the World Invites Senior Visitors

Known as the “Biggest Little City in the World”, the casinos are concentrated downtown, along Virginia Street on either side of the railroad tracks.  The University of Nevada, Reno, known as the Wolfpack, is located here.

Nevada’s legendary Burning Man Festival is celebrated in a temporary, vehicle-free community known as Black Rock City, way out in the Black Rock Desert, twelve miles north of tiny Gerlach, which is itself a hundred miles north of Reno. The festival takes on a different theme each year, always with a strong emphasis on spontaneity and mass participation. Send for a Nevada Visitor’s Guide here as there are lots of things to see and do in Nevada. Regional must-sees to fun facts, big city attractions to cultural charms, it makes planning the perfect Nevada escape a cinch.

Trip Advisor lists one of the highly recommend attractions in Reno, the National Automobile Museum.  Their Travel Guide on Reno offers additional travel aids for seniors. The Reno Ballon Race site has had over 3 million visitors, so check it out. Well, do bring a long a few coins seniors as who knows, you may just hit a mother lode in one of those fifteen casinos.  Good luck!  jeb

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