Classic Casino Resort in the Middle of Retro Town
Vintage neon motel signs line the streets of Reno, a visual reminder of the city's history as a tourist spot sprung out of pioneer settlements and Old West lore. Harrah’s Reno rises amid the Sputnik-era signage, a 928-room resort towering over a palatial casino, where poker, roulette, and more than 900 slot machines chirp and buzz 24 hours a day across a 60,000-square-foot floor. A Sex and the City slot machine flashes with clips from the television show, next to gambling games with Star Trek, Monopoly, and Wheel of Fortune themes. In a town known for its casinos, Harrah's Reno has assembled every game a gaming lover could ever want—blackjack, roulette, baccarat, poker tournaments Thursday–Monday, keno, horse-race betting, and weekend beer-pong tournaments.
Harrah's seven restaurants range from the AAA Four Diamond–rated Harrah's Steak House to the Joy Luck Noodle Bar, located near a gaming area so visitors can perform the lucky "throw chicken pad thai over your shoulder" routine. Nightly shows have showcased stars such as Brad Paisley and Elton John, and one can catch a special event such as an MMA fight or a Motown revue in Sammy Showroom, named in honor of Sammy Davis Jr.
In each West Tower classic room, cozy sitting areas host dark wooden desks alit by the glow of 19-inch televisions and Nintendo game systems. Harrah’s spacious gym (access included with this Groupon) provides treadmills, stairmasters, weights, and a redwood sauna for an action-packed or relaxing outing.
Reno, Nevada: Active Nightlife Accented by Art Scene and Outdoor Adventures
Above the marquees of casinos up and down Virginia Street, the iconic Reno arch declares the town "The Biggest Little City in the World." Only a few blocks away, the Truckee River Arts District lives up to the motto with a burgeoning cultural scene worthy of a much larger city. The Nevada Museum of Art hosts conceptual exhibitions of contemporary photography and sculpture, and the National Automobile Museum showcases legendary early cars, such as a 1907 Thomas Flyer and the Model T in which Henry Ford spilled a cup of coffee in the glove compartment for the first time in history.
The town's small size also means easy access to nearby outdoor excursions. About 40 miles to the south, Lake Tahoe's north shore hosts several skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing opportunities beside the gleaming surface of the enormous alpine lake tucked in the tree-covered Sierra Nevadas.