Anna's Restaurant (Reno). A welcome change from the usual Mexican fare, you won't find hanging piñatas, but you will find sophisticated slate-and-granite countertops and Guadalajaran cuisine at its freshest, with attentive service that will have you coming back.
4th Street Bistro (Reno). Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and inspired by the great chefs of the world, this popular eatery offers fresh, contemporary cuisine featuring meats and poultry from Niman Ranch and Sonoma County Poultry as well as local organic farm produce.
Settebello (Las Vegas). Foodies who care about pizza flock to this eatery that boasts approval from the Italian government for its adherence to the standards of Neapolitan pizza: thin crust baked in a wood-fired oven, sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes, the right amount of cheese, and the freshest, most flavorful toppings.
Vintner Grill (Las Vegas). Sample some local flavor and take a break from the Strip at this popular American bistro with Mediterranean influences from Spain, France and Italy.
Wild Waters, Sparks, Nevada (Reno). Summer visitors can cool off at this excellent water park that also features miniature golf, go-carts, and much more, and then refuel at the Outback Steakhouse next door.
Whitewater Park on the Truckee (Reno). Whether you're kayak-curious or a seasoned expert, walking along the River Walk anywhere in downtown Reno and discover a world of river fun. Whether you set out on the water or just watch expert kayakers run the river you'll be part of the daily excitement.
Adventuredome Theme Park (Las Vegas). Bring the whole family to this 5-acre theme park behind Circus Circus' west tower, where you'll find rides including Canyon Blaster, Rim Runner, Sling Shot, Chaos, Inverter, Lazer Blast, and SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D Ride.
Circus acts at Circus Circus (Las Vegas). Get ready for some serious thrills at the world's largest permanent circus, highlighting the center stage at the Carnival daily.
West Street Market (Reno). In addition to the wide variety of locally owned shops and boutiques here, summer shoppers can also enjoy a farmers' market, various vendors, and educational activities.
Patagonia Outlet (Reno). Save money and shop for cool outdoor clothing for your Nevada vacation adventures. Patagonia supports numerous environmental causes, including acquiring products from environmentally responsible suppliers.
Forum Shops (Las Vegas). If you see one of the stores close its doors in the middle of the day, a celebrity might be browsing inside. For other encounters with the rich and famous, Grand Canal Shoppes, Fashion Show Mall, and Barneys New York at the The Shoppes at the Palazzo are worth a visit.
Las Vegas Outlet Center (Las Vegas). Bargains are the order of the day at this budget-shopper's paradise. Outlets include the Off 5th Saks 5th Avenue, Nine West, Coach and hundreds more. One must-visit is Designer Fashion Clearance (DFC), featuring brands by the world's top designers at clearance prices.
Virginia City Mining Town (Reno). Experienced miners will guide you through underground workings of an authentic gold and silver mine, hundreds of feet below the earth's surface. Above ground, wander over wooden sidewalks past Old West-style saloons, gift and souvenir shops, cafes and museums.
National Automobile Museum (Reno). You don't have to be a motorhead to spend some enjoyable time at this amazing exhibit, featuring over 200 rare and fully restored autos, some one of a kind, dating mostly from the 1920s through the 1950s.
Hoover Dam (Las Vegas). Take a break from The Strip and drive about an hour out of town to marvel at this engineering wonder of the world. This majestic structure provides hydroelectric power while backing up the mighty Colorado River that separates Nevada and Arizona.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (Las Vegas). For another pleasant break from the lights of Las Vegas, spend time in nature whether hiking, driving or just sitting and enjoying the scenery. The kids love watching and learning about tortoises, and don't forget to pick up a souvenir at the gift shop!