3rd Jul 2012
The Biggest Little City in the World
They call it ‘The Biggest Little City in the World’ – a pretty apt title for Reno, where we dared to venture. Not because we had another urge to hit the casinos, more that it was a convenient 1 night stop-over and the hotel prices mid-week are a bargain! The Siena hotel had a great pool, so we had a late afternoon swim and then hit the town looking for a meal, ending up in a great little Vietnamese place. Wandered around afterwards, and then crashed out.
Roy had heard about the National Automobile Museum which was across the street from our hotel, so before heading out of town the next day, we thought we’d have a quick look round. I kid you not, three hours later we had to force ourselves out – and for me to say that it had to be good! Most of the cars come from the collection of Bill Harrah, the famous gaming pioneer who was passionate about cars and wanted to show how much the automobile changed American society throughout the last century. Think I read that it’s the 5th best auto museum in the US, and they had over 200 cars on show, all in immaculate condition thanks to the restoration work that Mr Harrah’s workshop had done.
The directions through the galleries housing the cars take you in chronological order, almost through the complete history of the motor car. Unlike most car museums, which seem to have an almost random collection of vehicles, most, if not all, of the machines here have something unique about them; either they’re literally the only one of the type in the world, or they’re the first or last of a line. Whatever the reason, we took a vote and decided to use the word “fantastic” this time!
They also had many period costumes on display, some of which you could dress up in, and be photographed in one of the vehicles – had to be done, didn’t it!
Eventually we dragged ourselves away, out into the 100 deg sunshine, and into a nice little riverside restaurant for a spot of lunch. Whilst lunching overlooking the Truckee River, we felt we were anywhere but Reno – it’s certainly a big little city, and we quite liked it!