Reno began as a mining town in the late 1850's after gold was discovered outside of nearby Carson City, but it really developed when silver was found at the Comstock Lode in 1859. The later addition of a transcontinental railroad, which passed right through town, added to the region's success. When gaming was legalized in Nevada in 1931, Reno was one of the first cities to capitalize on its allure.
Reno once had more casinos than any other city in the world. Las Vegas' rise as a super-resort and Native-American gambling locations around the country have taken their toll on Reno casinos. The town, however, still boasts dozens of gaming locations and casino resorts. Among the best are:
• Harrah's Resort and Casino – Harrah's, the corporation that now owns seven Las Vegas hotels as well as two in Atlantic City, got its start in Reno with this flagship resort in 1937. Today, the property still shines and offers guests 369 room, a 60,000-square foot casino, and seven restaurants.
• Peppermill Resort Casino – One of Reno's premier resorts, this 1100-room hotel was recently voted one of America's "Top Ten Resorts" by MSN.com. This mega-resort has everything, including eight restaurants, top-name entertainment, and a huge, two-level casino.
Reno is easily accessible from all over the country via flights to Reno/Lake Tahoe airport, located just outside of town. Accommodations in Reno range from large casino resorts to quiet and charming bed and breakfast inns. Renting a car is useful when visiting Reno. You don't want to miss all of the scenery and the sights just out of town.
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