Truckee, CA

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Truckee showing snow, a river or creek and a small town or village
With 245 days of sunshine each year, this region has great weather for enjoying winter skiing and boarding or summer hiking and kayaking.

Nestled in the mountains and trees of Northern California, Truckee is an ideal home base for exciting outdoor vacations. Choose from nearly a dozen resorts within a 30-minute drive from town.

Big-name resorts such as Sugar Bowl, Northstar and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows offer a full range of ski and board challenges, with beginner to expert runs, terrain parks, gear rental, lessons, NASTAR racing and lively après-ski lodges. Look for other activities the kids will enjoy, such as ice-skating, snow tubing, hot-tubbing and simply playing in the snow.

The area gets an average of 201 inches (5.1 meters) each year, with additional snowmaking on the mountains to build bases that last long into the spring. Skiing powder on a bluebird day is a phenomenal Truckee experience.

Other resorts such as Boreal, Homewood, Soda Springs, Donner Ski Ranch, Tahoe Donner, Diamond Peak and Mount Rose offer even more fun snow activities. Try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire snow biking and winter hiking.

When the snow begins to melt, the region becomes a warm-weather playground. Many of the resorts offer hiking and mountain biking. Drive an ATV or four-wheel drive vehicle into the Tahoe National Forest, go rafting on the Truckee River or use kayaks and standup paddleboards to explore Donner Lake. View Lake Tahoe or go boating on this clear mountain lake.

Visit the museum at Donner Memorial State Park for information about the ill-fated Donner Party who were stranded during the treacherous winter of 1846 many did not survive. Learn about the Chinese laborers whose efforts building the transcontinental railway helped make Truckee accessible. Drive to Donner Pass for exceptionally scenic views.

Venture into Old Town Truckee to visit restaurants, stores, breweries and numerous coffee shops. Drive from Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Truckee in 40 minutes. Be aware of winter driving safety requirements and allow more travel time during snowy periods. Check online for package deals for accommodations or multi-day, multi-resort ski passes that will provide big discounts.

Where to stay in Truckee

The Inn at Truckee
The Inn at Truckee
2 out of 5
11506 Deerfield Dr, Truckee, CA, 96161
The price is $99 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this ski hotel in Truckee. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.4/5 (1,001 reviews)
"Nice property, good value. Carpet needs replacing but other than that, clean and comfortable. Excellent service."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Springhill Suites by Marriott Truckee
Springhill Suites by Marriott Truckee
2.5 out of 5
10640 EAST JIBBOOM STREET, Truckee, CA, 96161
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $127 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Truckee. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (325 reviews)
nice facility and location
"convenient location at newish facility. clean an comfortable. kind of irritating the charge $10 for onsite self parking"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Best Western Plus Truckee-Tahoe Hotel
Best Western Plus Truckee-Tahoe Hotel
2.5 out of 5
11331 Brockway Road, Truckee, CA, 96161
The price is $127 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1
Stay at this hotel in Truckee. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Hotel was perfectly situated. Outstanding breakfast included. Jill, at the breakfast buffet, was absolutely wonderful, making sure everyone had what they needed."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Northstar Lodge by Vacation Club Rentals
Northstar Lodge by Vacation Club Rentals
4.5 out of 5
970 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA, 96161
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Truckee. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 spa tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (723 reviews)
"The rooms were beautiful, extremely quiet and very well stocked. The dining options were very limited especially during the week."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

East West Hospitality Tahoe
East West Hospitality Tahoe
4 out of 5
4001 Northstar Dr., Truckee, CA, 96161
Stay at this 4-star spa condo in Truckee. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 6 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (282 reviews)
"Property is very well maintained and as advertised , Location was great , Went during Fall during slow period so village was not fully open, Great option to stay."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

 One Village Place by Vacation Club Rentals
One Village Place by Vacation Club Rentals
4 out of 5
9001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA, 96161
Stay at this 4-star ski villa in Truckee. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (234 reviews)
"Beautiful place very quiet since we went during off season. Most shops were closed but that was okay. Close to both Truckee and Kings Beach."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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