Years ago, when Reno’s population was just over 100,000. the story passed down from Reno parents to their children as to why Reno was dubbed “The Biggest Little City in the World” was that it was a little town that offered all the advantages of a big city. While Reno’s population has more than doubled (reaching 233,294 as of 2013) it still offers all the advantages of the big cities without losing that small-town feel.
Located in Washoe County, which includes Reno, Sparks, North Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake travelling up to the Oregon border, Reno has been featured in lists for everything from the “20 Most Crime-Free Cities,” “100 Best Places to Retire,” “Most Business-Friendly Tax Climate (#3)” to “The Coolest Bowling Stadium” and “One of the World’s Super-Cool Communities.” It’s got something for everyone whether you are looking for summer hiking opportunities along the trails of Washoe County’s 60+ county parks, are hungry for some really good eats (in 2014, Reno ranked #6 in the list of “Best Foodie Cities”) or want to be a part of one of the ubiquitous, world-famous festivals including:
- Artown – during the entire month of July, all arts – music, theater, film, dance, and visual arts – are celebrated in venues (indoor and outdoor) throughout Midtown and Downtown Reno
- Hot August Nights – the largest nostalgic car show in the world
- Street Vibrations – the last great motorcycle rally of the season headquartered in downtown Reno
- Food Truck Fridays – a gathering of nearly 100 food trucks at Idylwild Park every Friday from May to October
- Great Reno Balloon Race – the largest free hot-air ballooning event in the world. During three days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about.