Truckee California Travel, Activities, Things to Do

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As a four-seasons mountain destination, Truckee is centrally located in the Sierra Nevada mountains near Lake Tahoe, offering a variety of outdoor recreation and cultural attractions. Read More

  • After a sun-drenched day on Lake Tahoe, visit the nearby casinos, both within a short drive from Truckee.
  • After flying down the slopes of one of Lake Tahoe's north shore ski resorts, enjoy a wine tasting in downtown Truckee
  • Explore the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains via hiking, fishing, or mountain biking.


A true four-seasons mountain destination, Truckee's central location makes it the perfect 'base camp' for a variety of outdoor recreation and cultural attractions.  After a full day exploring the surrounding Sierra mountains or Lake Tahoe, enjoy a variety of local galleries, unique shops and wonderful restaurants.

Summer Activities

Whether an avid fly-fisherman or a beginner, Truckee, California fishing is an activity which all can enjoy.  Truckee River is popular for fly-fishing and hosts a variety of trout species including rainbows, brown, and cutthrout.  Those interested in Truckee fishing can also enjoy lake fishing at Lake Tahoe, Boca Reservoir, and Donner Lake.  A multitude of guiding services are available in this area.

Hiking and Backpacking
Nestled in the Sierra Mountains, Truckee is in close proximity to the Pacific Crest Trail, wilderness areas, and national forests.  Whether interested in a short hike or extended backpacking trip, hikers will find ample variety and opportunity for scenic hikes. 

Road and mountain biking are popular with locals and visitors alike.  Whether interested in downhill biking at Northstar or a scenic mountain bike ride on the famous Flume Trail, there are mountain biking options of all abilities.  Local shops rent bikes, as well as provide local trail information.

Water Recreation
As the largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is known for it's brilliant blue, crystal-clear waters.  The whole family will enjoy a range of water sports, such as sailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, and wakeboading.  Boat rentals, instruction, and dining are available at one of Lake Tahoe's many marinas.

Winter Activities

Alpine Skiing
Known for a plethora of world-class ski areas, skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the variety of Truckee skiing.  The four closest large ski resorts are Squaw Valley, Northstar at Tahoe, Alpine Meadows and Sugar Bowl. 

Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing
With numerous cross-country areas, each with its own unique charm and terrain, both avid and novice cross-country skiers will find plenty of Truckee, California skiing adventures.  The closest nordic skiing areas include Northstar, Squaw Creek, Donner Pass, and Royal Gorge.  Local ski shops, as well as ski areas, offer cross-country ski rentals and instruction.

Other winter activities include ice-skating, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.

Cultural Attractions

While much of the economy is based on outdoor Truckee activities, there is no shortage of historical and cultural attractions.  The nearby Miner's Foundry and Grass Valley Cultural Centers explore the area's history focusing on the Gold Rush era, while the Donner Memorial State Park features a memorial and Emigrant Trail Museum. 


Downtown Truckee is the focal point for entertainment, such as wine tasting, art galleries, fine-dining, concerts, and nightlife.  However, the close proximity to Reno and the Nevada state line allows visitors to experience casino excitement while staying in Truckee, CA.