Nevada, USA
  • Reno It's known as the "Biggest Little City in the World" for a reason -- because it is. Credit: Reno
    It's known as the "Biggest Little City in the World" for a reason -- because it is.

Reno bills itself as the "Biggest Little City in the World" and if you look at all it offers, you'll see why. 

A city of 220,000, it's making a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.  Reno is famous for its high desert valley, business climate and recreational activities, particularly when you realize Lake Tahoe is just 40 minutes away.  The sun shines more than 300 days a year and the area features 4.3 million visitors annually. 

Great attractions

Attractions include the Nevada Museum of Art, Sparks Marina Park, Truckee River Whitewater Park, Virginia City and the National Automobile Museum.  Major annual events include the Reno Jazz Festival, Reno River Festival, the Great Reno Balloon Race and much more.  Even better:  Reno is one of's super cool places!


  • Dry or semi-arid

Physical Environment

  • Mountains


  • Local community theatre
  • Ethnic restaurants
  • Fine art museum
  • Local film festival
  • Local professional symphony
  • Major public college in downtown
  • Active club/bar/music scene
  • Local professional ballet


  • Leaning conservative


  • $$$ -- Prices seem reasonable


  • Year-round fitness swimming center
  • Biking, hiking, running trails
  • Public golf course
  • Snow skiing within 50 miles
  • Downtown yoga studio
  • Casino gaming within 25 miles


  • Lots of downtown living space
  • International airport
  • Public squares
  • Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods
  • Working farms within 25 miles


  • Emergency medical services within 25 miles
  • Community swimming pool
  • Community senior center