Animal ArkDistance From Reno Tahoe Intl. Airport: 26.2mi
1265 Deerlodge Rd., Reno
take U.S. Highway 395 north to the Red Rock Road exit, turn north on Red Rock Road and drive 11.5 miles to Deerlodge, turn right and continue for 1 mile.
The Ark is open daily from 10 – 4:30 April 1 – October 31. Admission charged
Animal Ark is a wildlife sanctuary and nature center that shelters animals that don’t have the skills to survive on their own. Disabled and orphaned animals such as gray wolves, bobcats, bears, snow leopards and Arctic foxes live in natural surroundings at the Ark. Aside from the animals, the educational displays scattered around the grounds make it an especially appealing learning experience for children.
Although most people can’t own a wild animal as a pet, you can do the next thing by adopting one at the Ark. Through their adoption program, you can help pay for the care and feeding of such residents as Mignon, the kit fox, or Shere Khan, the tiger, or Whoopi, the peregrine falcon.
Mining Machine at Silver Legacy Resort CasinoDistance From Reno Tahoe Intl. Airport: 4.8mi
407 N. Virginia St., Reno, Nev.
(775) 329-4777, (800) 687-8733
Admission is free.
Showcasing Nevada’s silver mining heritage, the automated mining machine at Silver Legacy Resort Casino is a working model of how ore might have been processed in the 1800s. Towering 120 feet above the main casino floor, the machine is continuously in motion with pumping bellows, steam engines and running ore wagons. Designed so that human hands wouldn’t touch the metal throughout the process, the finished product are coins spewing out near the Silver Baron’s Bar and Lounge.
Although the resort created a fictitious tale of a miner named Sam Fairchild to explain the development of the machine, it doesn’t have to be historically accurate to be appreciated. From an engineering standpoint alone, it’s fascinating to see all the parts working together. >From noon – 11 Ppm daily, the dome is the backdrop for the Legend of the Legacy Laser Show, a spectacular, but also whimsical production of how the West was won, Reno-style.
National Automobile Museum
National Automobile MuseumDistance From Reno Tahoe Intl. Airport: 3.4mi
10 Lake St., Reno, Nev.
Housing the most comprehensive public display of cars in the western hemisphere, the museum presents a singular history of the automobile and its role in American society. Four authentic street scenes representing each quarter of the 20th century take visitors back in time to experience American history. The real-life scenes are complete with the cars, architecture and memorabilia of the eras.
On Turn-of-the-Century Street you can see a realistic blacksmith’s shop, illustrating the gradual change in transportation from horses to cars. On the 1930s Street you can watch Milton Berle and Ronald Reagan on a vintage television set. Adjoining galleries contain the remainder of the more than 200 antique, vintage, classic and special interest cars in the collection. Of particular interest to many visitors are the cars previously owned by celebrities, such as Elvis Presley’s 1973 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe, John Wayne’s 1953 Corvette and James Dean’s 1949 Mercury
Pyramid LakeDistance From Reno Tahoe Intl. Airport: 26.3mi
Take a drive out to Pyramid Lake, roughly 26 miles north of Reno on a fast road ( no mountain roads with twists and turns to negotiate). It’s a vestige of Lake Lahontan, an ancient lake that filled much of northern Nevada a very long time ago. It is spectacular, and a great contrast to Tahoe because it is a desert lake. It’s a thrill just to experience the vista into which the road curves you before it descends to the lakeshore.
Reno ArchDistance From Reno Tahoe Intl. Airport: 4.9mi
N. Virginia St. and Commercial Row, Reno, Nev.
Blazing with 800 feet of neon tubing and 1,600 lights, it welcomes visitors in grand style to “The Biggest Little City in the World.” The slogan was the result of a 1929 contest conducted by the mayor to publicize the city. The slogan stuck and the Arch has been the identifying landmark for Reno ever since. It has been redesigned and replaced several times; the present structure was erected in 1987. An older arch constructed mainly of steel and lit with neon is at 10 Lake Street next to the National Automobile Museum.