Two hundred and fifty of the latest slot machines and video poker games light up Diamond’s Casino, located adjacent to the Ramada Reno Hotel & Casino lobby. The casino stays open 24 hours a day, so players can always sit down to a $2 blackjack table or one of three other table games. The cost-effective blackjack minimum may prove to be a great warm-up for the rest of Reno’s glittering casinos, many of which are on the strip and less than a mile away. And when you want to get outdoors, a 45-minute drive south takes you to Lake Tahoe’s hiking trails, rafting, and snowy slopes—the hotel even offers discounted lift tickets for some nearby ski resorts.
The Ramada’s 281 guest rooms look out onto either the Sierra Nevadas or the neon lights of downtown Reno. Two onsite restaurants include J.T. Ashley’s, which serves breakfast and dinner, and the 24-hour Casino Diner, home of the double cheeseburger and some of Reno’s best food deals. Those choosing Options 2 or 3 get a full breakfast, one $10 match-play coupon per stay, and a Casino Fun Page coupon book with various discounts for drinks, food, and more.
Reno, Nevada: Casino City with Arts and Outdoor Adventure
Reno lives up to its billing as “The Biggest Little City in the World" thanks to its flashy casinos, cultural centers, and restaurants worthy of a much larger metropolis, all packed together on Virginia Street. If you need a break from courting Lady Luck at the big gaming palaces such as Circus Circus and Harrah's (which began here), head to the Truckee River Arts District to explore the Nevada Museum of Art and the National Automobile Museum. Because of its location at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and just east of Tahoe National Forest, the city also puts visitors within reach of rushing rivers and high mountain ranges for hiking, rafting, and gold-rush reenacting.