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Sparks

Known for Shopping, Dining and Casinos

“It’s Happening Here” proclaims the motto of this Nevada city, and with an abundance of casinos, festivals, and parks, it most definitely is.

How do you get to Sparks?

If you want to know where to start in Sparks then take a trip down memory lane. The first to arrive in the area were the Washoe tribespeople. In 1904 the Southern Pacific Railroad set up a switchyard on the edge of town. The legacy of the railroad years can be seen at outdoor exhibits and a train-themed casino in downtown. Stop at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center to feed your hunger for more historical facts, and find out about the larger-than-life character Last Chance Joe.

Speaking of hunger, launch into a culinary adventure through Sparks’ food scene. Embrace the finger-licking deliciousness of some good ol’ American barbecued ribs at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Think you’re a champion eater? You’ll need to chow down over 10 pounds of ribs to beat the best. If that doesn’t whet your appetite then the brewpubs, farmers markets, seafood bars, and taco shops certainly will.

Traveling with kids? Take them to Sparks Marina Park to burn off some energy with boating, kayaking, swimming, and other water-based activities. Walk the loop trail and enjoy the mountain backdrop if you don’t want to get wet. But if you do want to cool down, hit the waterslides at Wild Island Family Adventure Park.

Vacations in Sparks shouldn’t be restricted to the city limits, though. The bright lights of Reno are on the doorstop for those that want to try their luck at a larger array of casinos. Don’t forget the breathtaking Nevada landscapes; they aren’t there just to be admired from below. Lace up your walking boots and hike to Virginia Peak for a bird’s-eye view of the surrounds of Sparks, the “Rail City.”

Things to do in Sparks

With 10 restaurants, more than a dozen bars and lounges, a spa, 1,500 slot machines and 48 gaming tables, this Tuscan-themed resort is an entertainment haven. 

Enjoy a stop at Reno Arch, a landmark worth seeing in Reno. Experience the lively festivals or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Enjoy a fun-filled day at Wild Island Family Adventure Park as part of your trip to Sparks. Stroll along the marina in this family-friendly area, or check out its top-notch restaurants.

From fast cheetahs to ambling tortoises, this unique Nevada zoo provides down-on-their-luck animals with a sanctuary to revive, thrive and educate visitors.

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Hit the slopes at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, a top ski area in Reno. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

An awesome peek into the world of automobiles — not just for speed demons, bikers and grease monkeys. 

This one-of-a-kind landmark building is dedicated to Reno’s favorite pastime and a quintessential American sport.

Sandy beaches, shade trees and walking trails surround this picturesque lake near downtown Reno.

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Kick your ski trip into gear with equipment delivery from the pros that know the mountain best. Get your skis, poles and boots custom fitted by a professional, so you can focus on being first in line to hit the slopes the next morning.

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Kick your ski trip into gear with equipment delivery from the pros that know the mountain best. Get your skis, poles and boots custom fitted by a professional, so you can focus on being first in line to hit the slopes the next morning.

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Outside of the amazing Sierra Nevada mountain range, a relaxing winter heaven awaits—South Lake Tahoe. While here, don’t miss the opportunity to go snowshoeing and trek through the fluffy snow. Whether you are out with your friends, family, or solo, there are many terrains to suit your skill level.

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Blast down the wintry slopes around North Lake Tahoe with high-quality rental skis set up to fit you perfectly. With your choice of packages ranging from high performance to sport models, there are plenty of options to suit your riding style, and experienced staff are happy to assist with custom fitting sessions.

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Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

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Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

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