Why It's Worth It

A surprisingly outdoorsy town nestled in the Sierra Nevada, Reno has become more famous for its outdoor sports and burgeoning arts and food scene than for being the smaller, less grandiose casino-town cousin of southern Nevada’s Las Vegas. Located 500 miles to the north of Vegas, Reno and the famous casino city couldn’t be more different. Reno boasts an art walk along the scenic Truckee River and sits in the Great Basin, just an hour away from nearly a dozen ski resorts. It draws adventurers looking for a smaller town and slower pace than they’ll find in the huge ski resort towns of neighboring states. —Delaney Ross