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FOOD

Louis' Basque Corner
301 East Fourth Street, Reno
(775) 323-7203
Tu-Su 11:30-2, 5-9:30
A locals’ favorite. Lunch and dinner entrees change daily. Choose between five entrees. Steaks, veal, and chops are featured, along with calamari, chicken livers, sweetbread, and rabbit. Family-style dinner about $20/person.

Gold Canyon Steakhouse
160 Main Street, Dayton
(775) 246-7331
In Old Town Dayton, near Moundhouse. Serving great steaks since 1887. Pasta dishes and seafood are also available. Entrees range from $17 to $40.

Mia's Swiss Restaurant
65 Pike Street, Dayton
(775) 246-3993
In Old Town Dayton, near Moundhouse. Housed in a neat-looking historic building built in 1863. Serves German/Swiss cuisine. Food is very good, but portions are small and prices are a bit expensive. About $30/person (drinks, entrée, dessert, tip).

The Nugget Cafe
233 N. Virginia St.
Reno, Nevada 89502
775 323-0716
Open 24 hours
Not to be confused with John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks, Reno's Nugget is a small casino in the downtown area. The attached restaurant doesn't have a name, per se, so we guess it's called Nugget Cafe by default. Its cuisine is comfort food served in large portions, and it's popular with locals and tourists alike.

The signature item is the "Awful Awful," so named because it's "Awful big and awful good." It's a half-pound burger served on an onion roll atop another half-pound of shoe-stringfries. The "Awful Awful" will set you back about five bucks. Another popular dish is the chicken fried steak, purported to be the best in the city. It's open 24 hours, but is usually crowded at most times of the day or night.

TIP: If there is no seating available, order anyway. A place will likely open up by the time your food is ready.

Bring cash, because credit cards/checks are not accepted.

LODGING

Silver Legacy
407 N. Virginia Street, Reno
1-800-MUST-SEE (687-8733)
775-325-7401 (local)
One of the newest, nicest, and largest places to stay and play in town. It is the showpiece hotel/casino complex in Reno, dominating the downtown skyline. Rates start at $36. Golf packages available.

Hilton
2500 East Second Street, Reno
(800) 501-2651
This enormous hotel/casino/entertainment complex first opened as the MGM Grand and had a Hollywood theme (one could even get a picture taken with the “original” MGM lion that introduced films with a roar). Since then, it has gone through a number of owners and name changes. For now, it’s a Hilton property. It still has many impressive amenities, restaurants, and entertainment options. Its 1,750-seat theater attracts top-of-the-line entertainment and has the largest stage in the world (over two acres). Great rates ($29/night and up) for off-peak travel.

Peppermill
2707 South Virginia Street, Reno.
(800) 282-2444
(775) 826-2121 (local)
With 1,100 guest rooms, casino, and fine dining, the Peppermill was voted the Best Overall Resort in Reno.

Sparks Nugget
100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks
(800) 648-1177 (Reservations)
Largest and nicest hotel/casino complex in Sparks, with a number of great dining options. Reasonably-priced ski packages are available during the winter.

Carson City Nugget
507 N. Carson Street, Carson City
(800)426-5239
(775) 882-1626

ENTERTAINMENT

Virginia City
One of the state’s most popular attractions, this well-preserved 19th–century mining town (once the largest city in Nevada) is the home of one of the largest precious metal strikes in history, author Mark Twain, and the Camel Races every September, which began years ago as a joke article in the local paper. Other draws are the cemetery and the Victorian architecture. More info: www.virginiacity-nv.org.

Stay at the GOLD HILL HOTEL, Nevada’s oldest hotel (established 1859). Located one mile south of Virginia City on Hwy 342. (775) 847-0111.

Drive the Lonliest Highway
That’s US 50, which approximates the route taken by Pony Express riders a century and a half ago. It starts near Lake Tahoe and ends at Great Basin National Park at the Utah line. Take the 318-mile stretch from Carson City to Ely. On the way, pass through Fallon, Austin, Eureka, and Baker. A curiosity called the Shoe Tree stands a few miles east of Fallon. Passersby have decorated this cottonwood tree by throwing all sorts of footwear in the branches. Why? No one knows.

Call the Nevada Commission on Tourism at (800) NEVADA-8 or (775) 687-4322 for a US 50 Survival Map. Get your map stamped at businesses along the way (look for the blue and white signs proclaiming “Validate your Highway 50 Survival Map here.” When you get all the stamps, mail them in and receive a certificate and a bumper sticker.

Lake Tahoe
Boating, water skiing, and swimming during the summer. Snow skiing during the winter, with 14 area resorts, including Heavenly Valley and Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics. More information here.

See the CAL-NEVA Hotel at Lake Tahoe’s Crystal Bay. It is possible to stand in both Nevada and California inside Cal-Neva's building.

Reno Air Races
This is held every September at Reno Stead Field, 8 miles north of Reno. For five straight days, you can watch six different classes of aircraft (Biplane, Formula One, Sport, T-6, Jet, and Unlimited) race around an oval course measuring several miles. This is the only place in the world where you can see something like this. More information here.

Hot August Nights
For nine straight nights in late July and early August, Virginia Street in downtown Reno is transformed into a scene out of the film American Graffiti.

Five-thousand classic car enthusiasts from the US and Canada descend on the area to showcase their hot rods as they cruise up and down the street.

There’s also drag races, free rock-n’-roll concerts, and dancing (‘50’s sock hop or formal prom). If you have an American or European car or truck built before 1972, bring it along! More information here.


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