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One City, Five Hours: Reno

The biggest little city in the world


1 Voted best breakfast in North Lake Tahoe for dishes like crab cake eggs benedict and a french toast tower made out of cinnamon rolls, The Log Cabin Caffe (8692 North Lake Blvd., King’s Beach, California; logcabinbreakfast.com) also serves a mean lunch. Fill up—you’ll need the energy. (0:30)

2 Work off that meal with a hike on the Tahoe Rim Trail (tahoerimtrail.org). The 1.2-mile Interpretive Loop at Tahoe Meadows lets you scope out the exceptional wildflowers. (1:40)

3 Cool down with a beer at Moody’s Bistro and Lounge (10007 Bridge St., Truckee, California; moodysbistro. com), and stay for the live music. If you’re lucky you might see Paul McCartney, who pops in once in a while for an impromptu jam. (2:30)

4 Make your way to downtown Reno to snap a photo at the Reno Arch (Virginia Street and Commercial Row, Reno, Nevada). Originally built for a 1927 exposition and moved around a few times since, the arch is your official welcome to “The Biggest Little City in the World.” (3:10)

5 You can’t leave Reno without gambling; after all, it is the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment. So while you’re downtown, stop at the original Harrah’s Reno Hotel and Casino (219 N. Center St., Reno; harrahsreno.com) and do battle with the one-armed bandits. (3:45)

6 Grab a caffeine fix at local favorite Emerald City Cafe (3594 W. Plumb Ln., Reno; emeraldcitycafe.com). Lucky for you, it’s Mocha Monday, when the strong, freshly roasted mochas are half price. (4:00)

7 Make a quick stop at the Nevada Museum of Art (160 W. Liberty St., Reno; nevadaart.org), and spend your time viewing the Sierra Nevada/Great Basin collection, which focuses on art from the Reno/Tahoe region. (4:25)

8 Buy some souvenirs at Riverwalk (Between Arlington Avenue and Lake Street, Reno; renoriver.org), where you’ll find unique boutiques filled with home furnishings, art and fashion along the Truckee River. It isn’t a successful trip without a few purchases by which to remember it. (5:00)

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