Truckee Canyon in California

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Truckee Canyon

The scenic drive through Truckee Canyon, near Lake Tahoe, offers some wonderful views, as it follows the Truckee River, surrounded by towering peaks, rugged canyons and pristine forest wilderness lands. Read More

  • Take a scenic drive through Truckee Canyon on I-80
  • Marvel at the rugged canyons and towering peaks
  • This drive near Lake Tahoe is 22.1 miles (about 25 minutes)
  • Browse the shops in Truckee
  • Fish in the Truckee River to catch some trout
  • Enjoy many water activities on Donner Lake


Take Interstate 80 through the Truckee Canyon and enjoy the natural environment of this wilderness. You can travel from Truckee, California to Verdi, Nevada on this scenic route, taking some time to marvel at the sights along the way. It's the ideal side-trip when visiting Lake Tahoe and you want to fit in a short driving excursion, experiencing the beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Driving Directions

From Truckee, California, take Interstate 80 east to Verdi, Nevada. You can access I-80 from Highway 89 coming from Lake Tahoe.


One way, the distance is 22.1 miles and it takes approximately 25 minutes to drive.


  • Truckee
    Visiting this mountain town offers not only great shops to browse for gifts to take back home, but it lies within the Tahoe National Forest and gives easy access to fishing, hunting, hiking and camping.
  • Truckee River
    A perfect river where you can get in some fly-fishing! You’ll find a healthy population of rainbow, brook, brown and cutthroat trout.
  • Donner Lake
    As far as water activities go, Donner Lake offers an abundance. Take a swim, fish from the shores or from a boat, water ski or sail. You can hike around the lake and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Picnicking is popular in Donner Memorial State Park on the shore of the lake.