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Popular amenities for Truckee vacation rentals

Stay near Truckee's top sights

Donner Memorial State Park68 locals recommend
West End Beach18 locals recommend
Historic Downtown Truckee & Visitor Center81 locals recommend
Truckee River Regional Park33 locals recommend
Safeway277 locals recommend
Tahoe Donner Trout Creek Recreation Center61 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Truckee

  • Total rentals

    1.2K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    44K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.1K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    360 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    570 properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    710 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Truckee

Welcome to Truckee

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada against the majestic backdrop of the Tahoe National Forest, Truckee comes by its frontier vibe honestly. Fortune seekers of all types made their way to this mountain outpost, from Gold Rush hopefuls en route to nearby mines to men seeking work in the booming logging industry. In 1867 the first train rolled into town on the newly forged Central Pacific Railroad, and the passengers who spilled forth were greeted by a rough-and-tumble boomtown populated with saloons and gambling halls. Truckee’s well-preserved downtown, with its brick storefronts and wooden sidewalks, is now home to boutiques, candy stores, and art galleries. Not that Truckee has gotten too highfalutin’ for its own good: this is a place where hearty diner fare lives comfortably next to farm-to-table prix-fixe menus. More than just a picturesque mountain town, Truckee is an outdoor recreation mecca situated at the nexus of several top-notch ski resorts, numerous lakes, and pristine forests criss-crossed with scenic hiking trails.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Truckee

Thanks to Truckee’s advantageous location, there are activities to enjoy here every season. During the hot summer months the streets, vacation rentals, nearby lakes, and parks course with visitors. In fall, the temperatures dip along with the crowds and the surrounding forests turn brilliant shades of yellow and red. Winter means snow and a second high season, as people flock to the nearby slopes or to traverse the powdery landscape on cross-country skis and snowshoes. Spring can still look a lot like winter in Truckee, but as the snow starts to thaw, waterfalls spring to life.

Top things to do in Truckee

Donner Lake

Lake Tahoe is the celebrity body of water around here, but smaller Donner Lake has its own charm, such as a more secluded atmosphere. A clear freshwater gem ringed by conifers and a few impressive estates, this lake is ideal for lazy days of sunning and swimming. If you’re feeling more active, kayaks, canoes, and jet skis are available to rent shoreside. The West End Beach Park has BBQs, horseshoe pits, and volleyball, and a concession stand slinging burgers, ice cream, and other treats.

Donner Memorial State Park

The name Donner is unavoidable in this area, and is attached to part of the region's darkest chapters. In 1846 a wagon train called the Donner Party attempting a shortcut through the mountains near Truckee became stranded during an unforgiving winter. Only 45 of the 91 travelers survived. A visitor center and museum displays artifacts of the doomed pioneers. Outside, a memorial statue sits atop a 22-foot granite base — the same height as the snow drifts that fateful winter.

Old Jail Museum

This circa-1875 jail once housed the brawling baddies of historic Truckee. With 32-inch stone walls, steel ceilings, and doors weighing nearly 200 pounds, it is a veritable fortress. The jail was restored in the 1970s and is now operated as a museum displaying historic photographs and artifacts significant to the town’s history, including antique ski equipment. The museum is open seasonally, so check ahead before you go.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Truckee?

    Truckee has a four-season mountain climate. Summers are warm with temperatures reaching up to 80°F (27°C), perfect for outdoor activities like hiking. Winters are cold, often dipping below 20°F (-6°C), with considerable snowfall, making it a popular destination for winter sports.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Truckee?

    Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the various trails, enjoy water sports on Donner Lake, or ski at the Lake Tahoe ski resorts. History buffs can discover the past at the Donner Memorial State Park or the Truckee Railroad Museum. Art lovers can visit the numerous local galleries.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Truckee?

    Truckee is popular all year round. Winter attracts snow sports lovers with the Lake Tahoe ski season. Summer draws visitors with events like the Truckee Thursdays street festival and the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. Fall's serene beauty and Spring's blossoming flora make them quieter yet equally appealing seasons.

  • What are the best places to stay in Truckee?

    Donner Lake is a sought-after area with stunning lake views and easy access to water activities. Downtown Truckee offers proximity to shopping and dining. Tahoe Donner and Northstar are popular for their ski-in, ski-out accommodations.

  • What are the best places to visit in Truckee?

    Outdoor enthusiasts can explore Donner Lake and Donner Memorial State Park. History buffs can visit the Old Truckee Jail Museum and Emigrant Trail Museum. Art lovers can check out the Art obsession gallery or the Truckee Roundhouse.

  • What are some hiking trails in Truckee?

    The Emigrant Trail offers a historical perspective along its path. The Pacific Crest Trail provides stunning views of the mountains and valleys. Donner Summit Canyon trail and the Mt. Judah Loop trail are also frequently suggested for their diverse scenery.

  • What are some family activities to do in Truckee?

    Families can enjoy a day at the Truckee River Regional Park, visit the KidZone Museum for interactive fun, or go on a scenic bike ride along the Truckee Bike Path. In winter, families can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities at the various ski resorts.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Truckee?

    A day trip to Lake Tahoe, approximately 15 miles (24 km) away, is often recommended. Visitors can also explore the historic Virginia City, about 70 miles (113 km) distant, or the bustling city of Reno, less than 40 miles (64 km) away.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Truckee?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 710 vacation rentals in Truckee featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Truckee?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Truckee. Choose from more than 360 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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