Unusual Things to Do in Reno

After Las Vegas, Nevada, Reno is probably the second most famous gambling city on the planet. However, gambling and exploring casinos are not the only things this western Nevada city has to offer. The city also has an abundance of skiing resorts, museums, historical sites and exquisite natural scenery. So even though most people visit Reno for the gambling, there are some more unusual activities visitors can partake in while touring the city as well.
National Automobile Museum

Practically everybody has been to a museum at one point, but most people haven't been to an automobile museum. This museum showcases a vast display of historical cars. Not only can visitors get close looks at cars from decades long gone, they can examine vehicles that were once owned by celebrities. Be sure to check out cars that were driven around by Elvis Presley, James Dean, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Andy Griffith and many, many others.

National Bowling Stadium

This one-of-a-kind stadium is completely focused on bowling and everything bowling related. Referred to as the "Taj Mahal of Tenpins" by the "Los Angeles Times," this stadium houses 78 championship lanes, the world's largest video screen for displaying scoring graphics, bronze bowling statues and all varieties of unusual bowling-related novelty items. A visit to the National Bowling Stadium is an unusual yet exciting way to spend an afternoon in Reno.

Sierra Nevada Zoo

Most people wouldn't associate one of the world's glitziest gambling hubs with viewing wildlife, but the Sierra Nevada Zoo is a notable place to witness a vast variety of creatures. The largest zoo in northern Nevada, this safari-style facility hosts a massive array of animals, including African lions, two-toed sloths, Siberian tigers, Bennett's wallabies, fallow deer, miniature zebu, and many more.

Newland Heights

If you want to witness elegant, historical residences, Newland Heights is a wonderful area in which to do so. This is a serene and tranquil place to observe and explore both 19th-century and early-20th-century architecture. Visitors will feel like they stepped into a time capsule when they stroll the streets of magnificent Newland Heights, one of Reno's lesser-known gems.

Isabel Prontes is a freelance writer and traveler residing in Manhattan, NY. She has traveled to five continents and counting. Her work has appeared on a number of websites, such as Travels, eHow.com and "Happy Living Magazine." Prontes has a professional background in public relations; she received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Pace University.