Reno is a city in the state of Nevada, located along the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains. A destination in its own right and a gateway for many outdoor activities, Reno is also the second largest gaming destination in Nevada, featuring quite an array of resort hotel-casinos, although the number doesn't begin to approach the scale of Las Vegas.
It seems, the pursuit of wealth gave birth to what would become Reno. Starting with a toll bridge on the Truckee River, aggressive entrepreneurs extracted a fortune from the traveling goldrush migrants. Apparently, the city did not emerge from diligent community planning but rather was more the offspring of men driven to make a buck.
Since the birth of that river-crossing outpost, Reno has spread across much of the Truckee Meadows. Reno and Sparks (a smaller adjacent city) now spread across this small valley separating the Sierra Nevada mountains to the West and Nevada's expansive desert areas to the East.
It seems, the profiteering characteristic of the founders occasionally plagued the course of Reno's subsequent generations. Some Reno-ites claim Nevadans are simply of a freer nature. Others think the city has repeated the steps of the goldrush era founders. Certainly, the choices made today are what will determine the true nature of the community.
Reno is an interesting city, with plenty to see and do day and night; many attractions which should be considered “must-see” are located 30 - 60 minutes outside of town by car. Therefore, renting a car is a good idea when visiting Reno.