The rushing waters of the Truckee River are loudest in Spring when the weather warms up and the snow begins to melt from the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountain range. It’s hard to miss. The Truckee runs through the center of Reno, dividing the old casino district to the north and the emerging Midtown neighborhood to the south.
It’s where two eras meet. The old and new. Yesterday and tomorrow. While Las Vegas markets itself on flash and sizzle, Reno is a different kind of gambling town. It isn’t quite as eager to sell you on the hottest new thing. Most of the big hotels have been around for decades with occasional renovations that are often more pragmatic than dramatic. Reno is changing, no doubt. That’s what makes it so exciting right now. But it’s comfortable in its own skin.
Perhaps that’s why I’m so drawn to the Riverwalk — the collection of shops, restaurants, parks, and sidewalks that line the edges of the Truckee in the heart of the city. It’s a place of quiet reflection one minute and an animated social hub the next. The combination of style and scenery is reflected in Reno’s most popular and appreciated casino resorts. Between accommodations, amenities, and attractions, each one offers an opportunity to fully experience the city as a tourist destination.