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Things to do in Northern Nevada

Reno - Sparks Area Information

Washoe County may swing the vote in election!

Washoe County is ground zero for the issues that Mitt Romney needs to keep this campaign about, which is the jobs issue and home foreclosures, says Uithoven. News of a planned Apple data center in Washoe County is unlikely to help Obama, according to Democrat Jill Darby, even though economic development usually helps the incumbent. Uithoven acknowledges that Romney could win Washoe County and still not win Nevada, given that 70 percent of the state's voters are in heavily Democratic Clark County.

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When you come to Reno, you will be surprised by how bright the sun is, even in the winter months. Reno is known to have over 300 sunny days each year. The climate is dry and mild compared to the cities in the surrounding mountains. There is so much to do in Reno, from fishing in the Truckee River to gambling in one of the many casino's located in Northern Nevada. There is something to do for people of every age! In the summer you will find car shows in every corner of the state. In the fall you can eat all the ribs you want at the rib cook-off. In the winter you will be able to ski if there is enough snow in the mountains.

Reno is the county seat of Washoe County, Nevada, United States. The city has a population of about 220,500 and is the most populous Nevada city outside of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. It sits in a high desert valley at the eastern foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Reno is bordered to the east by the city of Sparks. The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area is informally called the Truckee Meadows.

Reno has been called "America's Adventure Place", and that has as much to do with what can be done in town as outside of it. Downtown Reno, formerly filled with casinos and tourist shops, enjoyed a renaissance of sorts over the past few years. The casinos are still there, but so are chic condominiums and apartments that come with stylish downtown living. Markets, coffeehouses, lounges, tasty restaurants, a movie theater, brewery and various shops line what's known as the Truckee River Arts District, culminating with the heart of this urban renaissance - the Riverwalk District. There's also the Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield Park, host of the annual Reno River Festival, the nation's leading whitewater event. And anchoring the other end of the Arts District is CalAve, running a section of California Avenue and brimming with hip cocktail bars, restaurants, boutiques and more. Just a few blocks east is the new Freight House District, an entertainment complex at the Aces Ballpark with bars and restaurants. Also downtown, visit the Nevada Museum of Art and the National Automobile Museum.

Just west of downtown Reno in Verdi, is Cabela's, one of the world's foremost outfitters and an ideal spot to gear up before hitting the great outdoors. Within an hour's drive of town, there are 18 ski resorts, the picturesque state capital, thousands of mountain biking and hiking trails, numerous golf resorts, scenic Pyramid Lake, and the truly spectacular Lake Tahoe.

Did we mention Reno's events? There are food, art and jazz festivals, outdoor expos, fun runs, marathons and bicycle races, Hot August Nights, Artown and Street Vibrations, just for starters. The events list is long and varied, and there really is something for everyone. The fact is, the Biggest Little City has really grown up, and there's no better place to have a little fun.