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Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
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Don’t know much about the Reno-Tahoe, Nevada, region? Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz about its resemblance to Las Vegas. Or maybe word has gotten out about the adventure playground that is Lake Tahoe. This destination is everything you could want, and more, to create an unforgettable holiday.
Reno is commonly referred to as the world’s “Biggest Little City” because of the similarities (on the surface) it has to its southerly neighbour, Las Vegas. You’ll find the same fun and excitement, shopping and entertainment, but on a slightly smaller scale, with a few other tantalizing differences. Reno is also known as “America’s Adventure Place” because there is as much to discover out of town as there is in town.
Established in 1868, Reno quickly became one of the premier stops along the ever- expanding Central Pacific railroad due in no small part to its legalized gaming and lenient divorce laws, thus earning itself the nickname, “The Divorce Capital”. However, with large economic booms adding to the growing diversity of travellers visiting the region, Reno started to enjoy a tourist trade that went far beyond the local casinos. While there are still 22 full casinos in Reno and an additional four in Tahoe, there is so much more to see and do in the city – and in the many spots within an hour’s drive of the city.
With a population now greater than 225,000 people, the downtown core of Reno has become a trendy, urban location where young, hip folks live, eat, work and play. The Truckee River Arts District and the Riverwalk District gracefully flow together, combining stylish apartments and condominiums with chic eateries and coffee spots. Throw in the Freight House District – an entertainment complex adjacent to Aces Baseball Park, funky markets, a theatre and a brewery and there’s no shortage of things to do in Reno’s city centre.
If the whole family is geared up for adventure, there’s no need to look far for experiences that range from cool to downright spine-tingling; from water parks, go-karts and mini-golf right up to hang gliding, bungee jumping and skydiving. For great entertainment value the various museums, planetarium, zoo, wildlife sanctuary and the One Ring Circus at Circus Circus Hotel Casino are all a sure bet.
Nearby Lake Tahoe is the country’s largest alpine lake and is home to the greatest number of water sports available in the region including fishing, canoeing, jet-skiing and water-skiing. Pyramid Lake is also a natural haven that shouldn’t be missed. Don’t forget to pop into Cabela’s in Verdi, NV – one of the best sports and outdoor adventure gear outfitters, where you can stock up on all of your mountain biking, golfing, hiking, boating and camping supplies.
Tahoe is chock full of resorts so you will no doubt find your little slice of heaven, whether summer or wintertime. The 265-kilometre Tahoe Rim Trail passes though two states, six counties, one state park, three national forests and three national wilderness areas. Hikers will have their pick of trailheads, each with varying degrees of difficulty and length. The powdery snow in winter accumulates to approximately 300 inches –sometimes up to 500 inches annually – making it the ideal spot for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
WestJet is pleased to offer service to this destination through our code-share agreement with American Airlines, one of our great airline partners.
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