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    Priding itself on being 'the Biggest Little City in the World', giving visitors something to think about the next time they assume Las Vegas is the only place worth visiting in Nevada. Reno is like a more laid-back, scaled down version of Vegas, with plenty of casinos and a fun nightlife, but also a distinct character of its own.

    Alongside the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, Reno began as a toll bridge for gold rush migrants and prospectors and has since become a gateway for adventure-seeking travellers en route to the great outdoors. Key natural attractions nearby include Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe, two of America's most popular ski resorts.

    Reno is also the starting point for travellers heading to the annual Burning Man festival and many 'burners' pass through on their way to the Black Rock Desert, site of this iconic event. Other passers-by may be heading to the eastern gates of the Yosemite National Park, which are located just under two hours' drive from Reno.

    With Nevada's liberal gaming laws, Reno has had a good casino business for over 50 years, but due to the tough competition from Las Vegas growth, this has slowed down in recent years. However, the city still has a bustling nightlife overflowing with bright neon lights, bars, clubs, shows, slot machines, and plenty of debauchery, helped along by the large student population attending the University of Nevada.

    Visitors can also take in the National Automobile Museum where John Wayne's 1953 Corvette #51 can be seen, or visit the Nevada Museum of Art to view local works, while culture vultures can enjoy performances by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra between the months of September and April.

    Spring and autumn are the best times of year to visit, when the summer heat has not yet kicked in and the winter frost is still at bay, leaving the weather warm and mild.

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    Reno features a steppe climate, with low rainfall year-round and light snowfall in winter. Most of the city's rain falls in winter and spring, but summer thunderstorms are possible. Like most of northwestern Nevada, Reno is a windy city. In summer, between June and August, temperatures range widely, averaging between 52°F (11°C) and 92°F (33°C). In winter, between December and February, temperatures are more predictable, averaging between 25°F (-4°C) and 51°F (11°C).

    Reno-Tahoe International Airport
    Location: The airport is just three miles (6km) south of downtown Reno.
    Time: GMT -8 (GMT -7 from mid-March to the first Sunday in November).
    Getting to the city: The RTC Ride runs between the airport and downtown Reno. The pick-up zone is at the north end near the baggage claim area. Route 19 operates to and from the airport on weekdays. Taxis are also available from the same area and the ride into town takes just ten minutes.
    Car Rental: On-site car rental operators include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty.
    Airport Taxis: Airport taxis can be found just outside the baggage claim area. The trip into town takes 10 minutes.
    Fascilities: Facilities at Reno-Tahoe International Airport include ATMs, mail-drop boxes, luggage trolleys, massage chairs, a pet relief area, souvenir shops, newsstands, as well as a range of restaurants and snack bars.
    Parking Short-term parking is charged at $1 for the first 30 minutes, $2 for the first hour and $1 per hour thereafter, up to $24 per day. Long-term rates are similar, but the daily rate is $14. Parking is located opposite the terminal.

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    Getting around the small city of Reno is easy, whether it is on foot, by bicycle, by rental car, or using public transport. The RTC (Regional Transportation Commission) Sierra Spirit bus loops downtown Reno every 10 minutes, every day, between 7am and 7pm. There are numerous other fixed bus routes in the city, with most major casinos boasting bus stops, and it is possible to get around Reno solely by public transport. Car hire companies and taxi companies also service the city in droves.

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