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Gentle Giants: Great Reno Balloon Race colors the Sierra Sky in September


The Great Reno Balloon Race returns for its 28th year Sept. 11, 12 and 13 to Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in northwest Reno, showcasing more than 100 hot-air balloons from all over the world. This year’s event will include the World’s Largest Pajama Party on Saturday, Sept. 12. So stay in your PJs and don’t be afraid to show off that bed-head in the hilarious Bed- Head Competition.

Crowd favorites return this year with the Wells Fargo-sponsored bumble bees and stagecoach- shaped balloon. The Energizer Bunny keeps going and going as it makes yet another appearance this year, with ears as tall as the presidents’ faces on Mount Rushmore! Smokey the Bear returns to the Balloon Race thanks to Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators. The Mayflower balloon will make its third event appearance this year thanks to Sierra Moving Systems.

A new shape will make its debut at the Balloon Race this year thanks to the Wilbur D. May Foundation.  Pandy the Panda Bear, standing at 100-feet tall, will provide tethered rides to children after Mass Ascension each day. Lastly, Tony the Tiger will appear, standing nearly nine stories tall!

It’s worth the wake to see these gentle giants ascend into the early morning sky for a spectacular show of bright colors and fun shapes. For a full event schedule, travel resources and parking information, visit www.renoballoon.com or call (775) 826-1181.

Western Athletic Conference basketball tourney coming to Reno

logo1Join the excitement and support your team in Reno-Tahoe during the 2009 Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament March 10-14. The University of Nevada, Reno is host school this year to one of the most exciting college basketball tournaments in the country. Each WAC school is assigned a sponsor hotel, so the team and fans can stay together and play together …

While you’re here, enjoy all that Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe has to offer with Nevada-style gaming, entertainment and nightlife. During the day, downtown Reno is a shoppers’ paradise, complete with boutiques, a Riverwalk district along the Truckee River and tons of tourism distractions. Or hit up the campus at UNR to get the feel of one of the West’s historic educational institutions.

Springtime in Reno-Tahoe is a nature lovers delight – it is a walkable city that boasts consistent sun and mild temperatures, and features miles of trails as well as must-see destinations such as Lake Tahoe and Virginia City, all within an hour drive. Springtime in the Reno-Tahoe outdoors offers the chance to golf and ski – even in the same day! Check out all that Reno-Tahoe has to offer and plan your trip online at VisitRenoTahoe.com. We’ll see you at tourney.

Getting to Reno-Tahoe is easy:

  • From Boise, Idaho:
    For those who choose to drive, Boise is approximately 7 hours door-to-door from to Reno, taking Highway 95 south before merging with Interstate 80 West in Winnemucca, Nev. From 80, take to the Downtown Reno exit. From here the Peppermill Hotel Casino is located within a 10-minute drive.
    Several carriers offer one-stop service from Boise Airport to Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
  • From Hawaii:
    Reno-Tahoe International Airport offers flight service to most major markets, and one-stop service from Honolulu.
    From the airport, the Eldorado Hotel Casino is a short 10-minute shuttle ride, and conveniently located within the downtown Reno casino corridor.
  • From Fresno, Calif.
    For those who choose to make the drive to Reno-Tahoe, the trip from Fresno takes approximately four hours. Take California’s Highway 99 north to Sacramento and merge with Interstate 80 East. Travel over the crest of the Sierra Nevada and cross the state line before dropping into Reno. From 80, take to the Downtown Reno exit. The Silver Legacy Resort Casino is located within the downtown Reno casino corridor.
  • From Moscow, Idaho:
    Direct and one-stop flights are available to Reno-Tahoe International Airport from Spokane International Airport.
    From the airport, the Eldorado Hotel Casino is a short 10-minute shuttle ride, and conveniently located within the downtown Reno casino corridor.
  • From Ruston, La.:
    One-stop flights are available to Reno-Tahoe International Airport from Shreveport Regional Airport.
    From the airport, the Eldorado Hotel Casino is a short 10-minute shuttle ride, and conveniently located within the downtown Reno casino corridor.
  • From Las Cruces, N.M.:
    One-stop flights are available to Reno-Tahoe International Airport from El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas.
    From the airport, the Peppermill Hotel Casino Resort is a short 10-minute shuttle ride, and conveniently located near area attractions.
  • From San Jose, Calif.:
    For those who choose to drive, San Jose is approximately 4 hours door-to-door from to Reno, taking Interstate 680 north before merging with Interstate 80 East.
    From 80, take to the Downtown Reno exit. From here the Peppermill Hotel Casino is within a 10-minute drive.
    Daily direct flights from San Jose International Airport to Reno-Tahoe International Airport are also available.
  • From Logan, Utah:
    For those who choose to drive, Logan, Utah is approximately 6 hours door-to-door to Reno, taking Interstate 15 south before merging with Interstate 80 west in Salt Lake City.
    From 80, take to the Downtown Reno exit. From here the Peppermill Hotel Casino is within a 10-minute drive.
    Direct flights from Salt Lake International Airport to Reno-Tahoe International Airport are also available.

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