Truckee is a charming town nestled on the border between California and Nevada. Along with a robust history, Truckee boasts scenic lakes, grand mountains, and majestic forests. Situated close to the Sierra Nevada crest, Truckee experiences warm summers and frosty winters. Replete with historic sites and picturesque recreational areas, Truckee is a unique destination ideal for families and couples seeking a quaint getaway.
Attractions in Truckee are dependent on the season. Truckee winters typically bring an abundance of snow. Accordingly, visitors with a penchant for winter sports such as snowboarding, skiing, and sledding should head over to the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, Coldstream Adventures Snowmobile Tours, or Donner Summit Sno-Park.
The weather is temperate from late spring to early autumn, so visitors can comfortably enjoy Truckee’s numerous lakes and historic sites. One of Truckee’s most notable areas is Donner Memorial State Park, a site famous for the Donner Party’s tragic expedition during the mid-1800s. Recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, Donner Memorial State Park is home to the Emigrant Trail Museum, campgrounds, hiking trails, and Donner Lake, a gorgeous freshwater lake perfect for fishing and boating.
Truckee is also in proximity to the Tahoe National Forest which features the Boca Reservoir, a lovely artificial lake, and Castle Peak, a mountain with trails suitable for biking and hiking.
History buffs will especially appreciate the well-preserved downtown area that celebrates Truckee’s humble origins as a railroad town. Lined with plenty of cozy eateries and independently-owned stores, Downtown Truckee welcomes visitors to dine, shop, and embark on walking tours.
Since Truckee is conveniently situated on the Nevada-California divide, there are several points of interest which only require about an hour’s worth of driving.
Located southwest of Truckee is the southern shore of Lake Tahoe and the eponymous city South Lake Tahoe. Boasting impressive panoramic views of the expansive freshwater lake, South Lake Tahoe is a popular tourist destination for camping, playing water sports, and picnicking.
Heading northwest and crossing the border into Nevada, visitors can find Reno, Nevada which is also known as “The Biggest Little City in the World.” With a vibrant atmosphere filled with glitzy hotels and casinos, Reno is an electrifying city with a vivacious nightlife.
About half an hour’s drive south from Reno lies Carson City, Nevada’s capital city. The National Register of Historic Places lists over 40 attractions based in Carson City including the Sears–Ferris House, Rinckel Mansion, and Carson City Mint which was affiliated with the U.S. Mint. Moreover, the city features a few nearby beachfronts along Lake Tahoe, namely Whale Beach and Chimney Beach.
Truckee vacation rentals range from rustic cabins and mountain lodges to luxurious homes with exclusive lakefront views. Surrounded by stunning mountains and forests, accommodations in Truckee have the magnificent advantage of providing relaxing dwellings away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and being only a stone’s throw from awe-inspiring and invigorating attractions. Look for accommodations in the family-friendly area of Tahoe-Donner or the charming area of the old downtown district. Book your home or vacation rental with Tripping today to experience Tahoe at its finest!
Depending on the season, Truckee features multiple ways for visitors to travel around town and neighboring cities. In the winter, Truckee’s local bus system offers a fixed route shuttle service that goes to Downtown Truckee, Donner Lake, and several ski resorts. During the rest of the year, the local buses run on an hourly schedule and stop at many points of interests including Donner Memorial State Park, Truckee Tahoe Airport, Downtown Truckee, and a few shopping centers.
The Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) is a larger bus system serving Truckee and adjacent areas like North Lake Tahoe, West Shore, and Squaw Valley. The bus schedules are adjusted for each season.
Truckee has an eponymous train station with one daily Amtrak passenger train called the California Zephyr that runs in both directions—one toward San Francisco and the other Chicago. The train going toward San Francisco has a stop at Donner Lake whilst the other makes stops at the Nevada-California State Line as well as Reno, Nevada.
Looking for a vacation rental in Truckee? Tripping.com has 612 vacation rental homes available in Truckee. You'll find 2 studios, 191 1-bedroom, 30 2-bedroom and 389 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $41 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Truckee is $408 while the average price of a weekly rental is $3977. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Truckee home is $15710.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 115 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Truckee. In addition to accommodating pets, Truckee rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 560 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 522 have TV and/or cable and 213 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 9 vacation rental sites in Truckee where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Expedia, and Booking.com. There are 295 HomeAway rentals, 165 Expedia short term rentals and 77 Booking.com vacation rentals.