Washoe County, NV
Washoe County is a growing area located along the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada in western Nevada. The county covers an area of 6,600 square miles in the northwest section of the state bordering California and Oregon and has an overall population of over 400,000. The county seat is Reno, the third largest city in Nevada.
Areas of Interest
Visitors can enjoy a visit to Reno's National Automobile Museum and the Nevada Museum of Art, or stroll the shaded grounds of the University of Nevada, Reno, the state's oldest college. The university has 16,000 students in 10 schools and colleges, contributing to the community's culture and diversity.
At the north end of Reno is the Black Rock Desert, a vast playa of limitless vistas and stark beauty. Black Rock was the site of the first breaking of the sound barrier by a vehicle on land, accomplished in 1997 when the rocket-powered Thrust SSC car traveled 763.035 miles per hour. Today, the Blackrock is home of the infamous Burning Man Celebration. South of Black Rock is Pyramid Lake, a remnant of a prehistoric inland sea that once covered much of Nevada. This salt lake is ringed by intriguing calcite tufa rock formations and offers fishing and boating.
Visitors and residents of South Reno can also visit the city of Sparks, which has grown from a sleepy railroad town to a resort center with hotel-casinos offering round-the-clock gaming, gourmet dining, and entertainment. Downtown Sparks is the location of Victorian Square, a popular public gathering area that hosts unique special events including rib cook-offs, car shows, and festivals.
Set in the surreal natural beauty of the Sierra Nevada, South Reno's and Tahoe's season of fun lasts all year. Blue skies, warm days and cool nights offer year-round outdoor recreation. With more annual snowfall than Utah or Colorado, Lake Tahoe's resorts guarantee skiing and riding fun into late spring. That is why you can hit the slopes in the morning and golf in the afternoon at one of South Reno/Lake Tahoe's 39 golf courses, even in March!
Annual festivals and street fairs also abound in Reno, such as the Great Reno Balloon Race, Hot August Nights, Night of All Nations, Reno Jazz Festival, National Championship Air Races & Street Vibrations, and the Reno Rodeo Cattle Drive, to name a few.
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