The Reno Nevada Temple sits on a hill, like many others, looking down towards the city below. Being up on the hill and admiring the beauty of the temple and feeling the spirit and then looking at all the city lights below makes you really stop and think what a wonderful treasure temples are. A place to leave the city and the world behind and reflect on God and families. A time to be quiet and be at peace.
The floor plan is one of the several traditional smaller temples (10,700 square feet), but that doesn't take away from the beauty or significance of a temple in this area. Many members were used to traveling to Las Vegas, California or Utah to attend the temple. The temple was truly a blessing for this area. Because the ground breaking took place on July 24, 1999 (Pioneer Day) there was and still is a focus on the pioneers. Elder Rex D. Pinegar said, "Just as the early pioneers received strength in the Nauvoo temple for their journey west, so can members today receive, in the temple, the strength they need to fulfill their journey ahead."
Although Reno is famous for resorts and casinos, the area has grown around the Truckee River and offers some good family-related attractions and a multitude of dining options and cuisines. There's a mix of history, outdoor activities and a busy city area. If you want to take advantage of being outdoors and get some exercise, the Truckee River Walk is a nice place to spend an afternoon. The National Championship Air Races bring a lot of dedicated tourists to the area in September. There are a few hands-on museums that let kids play and inspire imagination. The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum is one the best museums in the area. If you're more interested in planets, go see a dome movie at Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center. A real auto-enthusiast treat is the National Automobile Museum where you can see generations of cars starting from the 1890's. If you have time for a 30-minute drive outside the city, Animal Ark is a wonderful place to see animals in their natural habitats.
A good hearty breakfast always makes the day better. Start with Squeeze Inn or Peg's Glorified Ham N' Eggs for super omelets and breakfast favorites. These will keep you full for quite a while, but if your appetite comes back for dinner, 4th Street Bistro and Old Granite Street Eatery are favorites for fresh, local, organic food. India Kabab & Curry Restaurant has great Indian food choices complete with a bargain lunch buffet.