This historic city takes you back to the time of gunslingers and pioneers as you tour the old jail, the Red Light district, the Chinese herb shop, and the depot. Truckee also boasts a wide variety of shops, B&Bs, art galleries, and restaurants. One of the town's more fascinating sites is the Donner Monument at Donner Memorial Park, where visitors can learn about the famous Donner Party pioneers. Truckee is a 35 minute drive from North Lake Tahoe.
See & Do
There is another large lake besides Tahoe in this area: Donner Lake State Park is home to Donner Lake, named after the infamous Donner Party. This group of pioneers in 1846 became trapped here during a massive blizzard and a few of the members resorting to cannibalism. The park is home to a small marina, a resort, some public docks and a museum.
Truckee has made a name for itself for having some of the best restaurants in the area. The nationally-renowned Moody's Bistro serves great salads, seafood and desserts. The cozy Pianeta Ristorante offers hearty and exquisite Italian dishes and the Cottonwood, on a hill above Truckee, has a wonderful view of the town.
Truckee locals really know how to live it up. For apres-ski or apres-hike, the bars in Truckee are usually packed. On the dive end, you have the Pastime Club or the Tourist Club are both located in historic downtown Truckee while the high-end Avec Wine Bar offers small plates and antipasti while you are waiting for your dinner.
The Truckee Hotel in downtown Truckee is one of the oldest buildings in town and is great for anyone who likes history. If you want something a bit more modern, stay at the Cedar House Sport Motel or even at Northstar Village at the Northstar ski resort. For some a little more intimate, visit the Richardson House B&B in the hills above Truckee.
Historic downtown Truckee has some great shopping. Whether you are looking for clothes or jewelry, furniture, kitchen gear or some sweet fudge, downtown Truckee will have what you are looking for. Sweets Handmade Candies can get you revved up for shopping, the Artisans Marketplace has local art for sale and the Cooking Gallery is a chef's dream come true.