Reno, Nevada audio tour: Downtown Reno: From the Reno Arch to the Truckee River

Downtown Reno: From the Reno Arch to the Truckee River

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

Weave through the different periods of Reno's boom and bust on this walking tour of the downtown area.

Reno, with its highs as a glitzy desert town filled with cowboys and celebrities, to its lows as a washed-up gambling town and the butt of many jokes on late night TV, has never failed to keep America fascinated. It’s a contradictory place that rides high and dips low. And, as it turns out, that oscillation was built into the city’s character from the beginning.

Our tour starts at Reno’s Arch, and along the way you'll find out about:

• A beloved 12-floor brick building that was demolished
• An extinct species of huge fish that used to swim through downtown Reno
• Reno’s history as the divorce capital of America
• How trains, highways and mining changed the city
• The bridge where the whole town started

Whether it’s your first time in the city, or you’re a local who wants to learn a little more, this tour is for you. So put a few dollars on the table, roll the dice, and take a chance on Reno, the biggest little city in the world.

Cover photo: Famartin via Wikimedia commons

Tour Producer


Fil Corbitt

I'm a radio producer and audio artist based outside Reno, Nevada. I make a podcast called The Wind and have been working in radio since 2007. Find me at

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Major Landmarks

  • Reno Sign

  • The Mapes

  • Truckee River

  • Pioneer Center

  • Reno Post Office

  • Old Reno Sign

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at the Poker Chip Scultpure near the Reno Arch. There is metered street parking on Commercial Row, and the Whitney Peak parking garage is another option nearby. If you see the Reno sign, and a huge outdoor rock climbing wall, you are in the right place.

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Places to stop along the way

You'll be passing multiple bars, museums and restaurants along the way, including:
Ol Bridge Pub, Smee's Alaskan Fish, Sierra Tap House, The Eddy, Sierra Arts Gallery, Wild River Grille, Taste of Chicago, The National Automobile Museum, and Pho 777.

Best time of day

Anytime works, though between sunrise and dusk is recommended so that you can see all the stops more clearly. I'd also recommend not taking it during a street festival in downtown, simply because it will be difficult to hear.


Bring layers in the winter and sunblock in the summer!


I really enjoyed your tour! Thank you so much!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 15 days ago

voice app is a fabulous way to learn about a new place at your personal convenience-the tour of Reno was super informative-soo worth the time to listen

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 4 months ago

Nice little route along some pretty cool river scenery:-)

Interesting facts, and one particular train track area that will make your young(ish) kids ooh and ah:-)

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Downtown Reno: From the Reno Arch to the Truckee River