During the festival, board a tall ship, visit the Maritime Heritage Museum, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the live entertainment at one of the music stages. The city sponsors Port Summer Theatre where you can see fun shows like the Wizard of Oz, Chicago and the Musicman.
Before you leave, don’t miss out on stopping in some of our specialty shops in the historic downtown, featuring the largest collection of pre-Civil War buildings in the state. The various activities to partake in offer fun for the whole family.
Graceland was more than what I thought it would be. Elvis's home is the most amazing place I have ever seen. The most memorable room was his "pool room". It has the same pattern of carpet covering his floors all the way up to his ceilings.
The best thing about the vacation though was the time I got to spend with the "girls." I would recommend taking a vacation as just the women of the family because it truly is a bonding experience and I definitely recommend Graceland to see how the lavish live!
This is a little bit south of the main part of town, but I love the ambiance of the place, and the Peppermill has a fantastic race and sports book, as well as a great 24 hour coffee shop serving delicious food.
There is also a great arcade at the Peppermill for the kids to play video games which is always a plus when you have kids. When in Reno, there are some great things to do besides gambling.
On our recent trip, we took a journey down to the banks of the Truckee River, along a great path through a beautiful park running right along the river. We also spent a day at a water park called "Wild Island", which has waterslides, tube rides, a wave pool, as well as a bowling alley and arcade, which was great fun for both adults and kids.
There are also many events in the downtown area, and we were able to also see a free live band playing in a park next to the Truckee River.
We ate at some great places, including the Peppermill Coffee Shop which I already mentioned, as well as JJ’s Pizza and the famous Nugget Diner on Virginia Street, home of the "Awful-Awful". Reno is a great town to visit and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great vacation.
We stayed at the Milford Plaza Hotel (I would HIGHLY recommend this hotel, as it's convenient to everything, and the service is excellent). We did a lot of day trips which consisted of Central Park (a must for everyone), Ground Zero, Empire State Building, and took in a New York Yankees game.
We did the Gray Line Bus Tour of the city, which was three hours in length, and again, worth the price. Our kids were only three and one at the time, and although I think it was a little long for them at times, they very much enjoyed the horse drawn carriage through Central Park, and the Museum of History (which we also visited).
The dining in New York is incredible, and I think that everyone in their lifetime should visit the city AT LEAST once. John Lennon once said that "New York is the center of the universe," and I couldn't agree more.
This is a great town for young people to visit because of the amount of young people that live there and the close proximity to Arizona State University's campus in Tempe. The next day a large group of us traveled to the Salt River where everyone rented a tube and relaxed for a four to six hour float down the river.
Throughout the trip we were able to spend a lot of time outdoors doing things like climbing Camelback Mountain and traveling to Sedona for some cliff jumping. The best thing about traveling to the Phoenix area is that about everything you could want to do is in the immediate area or within driving distance.