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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Skip the Casinos in Reno


3. What to Do

Truckee River Whitewater Park sits in the middle of Reno.  

Explore downtown's museums and galleries, for something more cultural. The burgeoning area near the Truckee River has several art galleries, including Gallery 3 and Saya Fine Art, and is home to the Nevada Museum of Art, housed in an impressive four-story building inspired by the spare landscape of the nearby Black Rock Desert (where Burning Man is held). The National Automobile Museum and Nevada Discovery Museum (for kids) are also nearby.

Ride the river in the middle of the city at Truckee River Whitewater Park, which boasts eleven drop pools in a half-mile course for kayaking and rafting. The banks of the river have been revamped into a riverwalk area made up of walkways on either side and five parks, where the less adventure-inclined can opt to simply go for a stroll or swim. Book your ride through Tahoe Whitewater Tours; if you’re experienced, you can rent an inflatable kayak ($12/hour) to tackle the 5.5-mile run from Mayberry Park to downtown Reno.

Leave the city for a bit to taste wines in the surrounding region. Churchill Vineyards in Fallon, an hour away, is a pioneer in Silver State viticulture that uses Nevada-grown grapes for its wines. Appointments are required, but it's worth it for whites that are particularly crisp thanks to consistently warm days and cool nights. If you’re up for it, you can drive another hour and 40 minutes to Tahoe Ridge Winery, which is open daily for tastings and regularly wins awards for its California-style reds.

Published on Sep 20, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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