Surprise visit to Reno

Posted 08/31/2010

We went to Reno in Nevada in an unplanned trip. My friends are very spontaneous when it comes to vacations so I think it's not much of a surprise to learn that we have unplanned trip.

First off, we didn't go to the clubs and bars even if Las Vegas is more famous for that right away. We opted to go with night recreations on our last days in Reno. The first place we visited is the National Automobile Museum. We didn't have a hard time looking for it coz it's just along Truckee River. We were told that the museum has more than 200 cars. Allow me to say that we are an all-girl group but we all love cars. Apart from the jaw-dropping collections the ones that stood out the most for me is the Cadillac Eldorado of Elvis Presley. It is so beautiful. I also noted Frank Sinatra's Ghia and JFK's Lincoln Continental. The pieces in the museum is not the only attractions. Each gallery has this theme of street life. There are even displays of shop front replicas to make the whole vibe feel as realistic as possible.

After we had our lunch, we went o the Nevada Museum of Art. It's a thematic museum among West Liberty Street. There were a lot of key masterpieces that you would get interested in. Sheena, my artist friend, can't seem t get over from the art pieces she saw. She was like rambling about them all night long.

The next day was sort of mixed-nuts day. We spent the morning at Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. It's a free site so it goes on top of the must-see places for budget travelers like us. I like the Burke Garden, a subsection of the whole Garden, because of its eye-catching English country garden setup. It has irises, foxglove, campanula and my favorite, bleeding heart. We had a relaxing time at the Songbird Garden. The aromatic flowers are a perfect free therapy. It soothes the mind. Not to mention that the relaxing atmosphere is complemented with the chirping of the birds. I am not at all familiar with bird names but I surely enjoyed watching the birds.

The afternoon was for the Truckee River Whitewater Park. We tried kayaking for a couple of times there. It was so fun. The sunset view there is also a perfect way to cap the day. It's a good thing that the area has a lot of eateries for tourists like us. We even had the chance to shop for souvenirs at these very unique stalls.

On our second to the last day, we just went shopping at a nearby mall. We spent almost the whole day relaxing and just fooling around. The night became alive for us when we went at the Reno Events Center to take our group souvenir photo. Then we headed to South Virginia Street where are all the hippest hotspots located. We enjoyed our first few hours at Wells Avenue then we went to Kietzke Lane. Look out Reno, girls just want to party!

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