Want to fly that rainbow flag sky-high? Come to “The Biggest Little City in the World” during the Great Reno Balloon Race! It’s just one of the many events that have made this destination perfectly fine with passing the title of America’s gaming capital to its glitzy neighbor Las Vegas. Far from one-note, the city has become better known for its adventuresome options in the great outdoors, from the banks of the Truckee River to the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. 

After a long day of hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, skiing, or scrambling up—or down!—challenging rock faces, treat yourself to a bite at one of the many restaurants on the River Walk and Cal Ave downtown. But first, grab a drink at any of the lounges with a rooftop deck; you should be able to enjoy a prime view of the famous town arch as you watch the sun go down. Art galleries and locally owned retail shops provide more treats for the eyes, but your ears will thank you if you’re lucky enough to catch a performance of the Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus. If not, there’s always the Vegas-style clubs, the Old West honky-tonks and saloons, and, of course, the tuneful warbling of the slot machines in the casinos that first made Reno famous.

Good to Know

  • No designated gay scene, but generally inclusive
  • Gay marriage legal since October 2014

Featured Resorts:

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino


Located on Reno's main thoroughfare, between a revitalized downtown and the city's south end which features upscale shopping and dining, the Peppermill is one of Reno's best resort experience. Just five minutes from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the Peppermill's Virginia Street facade affords a glimpse into the elegance, luxury and excitement that awaits each guest.

Circus Circus - Reno


Circus Circus Reno features more than 1,500 elegant rooms and suites, and a 65,000 square-foot main casino floor bursting with exciting gaming action. Its six sensational dining choices include Kokopelli's Sushi and the casual yet elegant Steakhouse at Circus. Known for providing entertainment for the whole family, Circus Circus Reno boasts redemption and carnival games surrounding the midway stage, which comes alive with free world-class circus shows. The Circus Cabaret rock ...

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