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Tahoe-Donner is a resort area of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in Northern California, near Donner Lake and the town of Truckee, and approximately 30 minutes to the north shore of Lake Tahoe. This is a four-season resort area, with much to do each season of the year. Within minutes you can be at world-class ski resorts such as Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl and Northstar. "Snow Play" areas offering sledding and tubing can be found at various spots along the mountain roads in the Tahoe Donner region, and Royal Gorge, which is a well-known cross-country ski area is just a short drive away. In summertime, the Truckee River offers fantastic rafting opportunities, and hiking and biking trails can be found all over the Tahoe Donner area. Swimming is available at Donner Lake and Lake Tahoe, and other activities include fishing and boating, kayaking, rock climbing and golf. The quaint alpine mountain town of Truckee is filled with interesting shops and restaurants, and Interstate 80, which passes through the town, makes it easy for exploring the whole Tahoe Donner region. The town of Truckee lies just west of the Nevada State line, and Donner Lake is situated within the Town Limits. For gambling, shows and other nightlife, South Lake Tahoe is about a 40-minute drive away and Reno is approximately 50 minutes away.

Surrounding areas: Donner Lake, California (2.1 mi), Truckee, California (5.0 mi), Northstar, California (10.2 mi), Squaw Valley, California (10.7 mi), Alpine Meadows, California (12.2 mi), Olympic Valley, California (12.2 mi), Cedar Flat, California (13.1 mi)

Tahoe Donner Vacation Rentals

Tahoe Donner Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Loch Leven Lodge13855 Donner Pass RdTruckee, CA1.9 mi.(530) 587-3773
Truckee Super 8 Lodge11506 Deerfield DrTruckee, CA3.8 mi.(530) 587-8888
Best Western Trailside Inn343 N MainAlturas, CA4.9 mi.(530) 233-4111
Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn11331 Hwy 267Truckee, CA5.0 mi.(800) 824-6385
Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe/Truckee11951 State Hwy #267Truckee, CA5.0 mi.(530) 587-1197
Holiday Inn Express10527 Cold STRM RdTruckee, CA5.0 mi.(530) 582-1073
Resort At Squaw Creek400 Squaw Creek RdOlympic Valley, CA10.7 mi.(530) 583-6300
Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn1920 Squaw Vly RdOlympic Valley, CA12.2 mi.(530) 583-1576
Zelmar Lakeview LodgeN LK Blvd & Carnelian Bay RdCarnelian Bay, CA13.4 mi.(530) 546-3133
Lake Of The Sky Motor Inn955 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA14.3 mi.(916) 583-3305
Tahoe City Travelodge455 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA14.3 mi.(916) 583-3766
Sunnyside Resort1850 W Lake BlvdTahoe City, CA15.7 mi.(530) 583-7200
Cal Neva Lodge Resort Hotel Spa & Casino2 Stateline RdCrystal Bay, NV16.8 mi.(775) 832-4000
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe111 Country ClubIncline Village, NV17.4 mi.(775) 832-1243
Inn At Incline Condominiums1003 LK BlueIncline Village, NV17.4 mi.(775) 831-1052
Boomtown Hotel & Casino2100 I-80 W & Garson ExitVerdi, NV18.9 mi.(775) 345-6000
Tahoe Lake Cottages7030 West LK BlvdTahoma, CA21.1 mi.(916) 525-4411
Motel 6 #1981400 Stardust StReno, NV26.3 mi.(775) 747-7390
Truckee River Lodge501 West First StReno, NV26.8 mi.(800) 635-8950
Comstock Hotel & Casino2000 W Second StReno, NV27.0 mi.(775) 329-1880
Sands Regency Hotel & Casino345 N Arlington AveReno, NV27.0 mi.(775) 348-2200
Atlantis Casino Resort3800 S Virginia StReno, NV27.1 mi.(800) 723-6500
Courtyard By Marriott Reno6855 South Virginia StReno, NV27.1 mi.(800) 321-2211
Golden Phoenix Hotel Casino255 N Sierra StReno, NV27.1 mi.(775) 785-7100
Holiday Inn Convention Center5851 S Virginia StReno, NV27.1 mi.(775) 825-2940
Peppermill Hotel & Casino2707 S VirginiaReno, NV27.1 mi.(775) 826-2121
Quality Inn South1885 S Virginia StReno, NV27.1 mi.(775) 329-1001
Quality Inn1885 S VirginiaReno, NV27.1 mi.(775) 329-1001
Circus Circus Hotel Casino500 N Sierra StReno, NV27.2 mi.(775) 329-0711
Eldorado Hotel Casino345 N Virginia StReno, NV27.2 mi.(775) 786-5700
Silver Legacy Resort Casino407 N Virginia StReno, NV27.2 mi.(775) 329-4777
Virginian Hotel & Casino140 N Virginia StReno, NV27.2 mi.(775) 329-4664
Hampton Inn And Suites10599 Professional CirReno, NV27.3 mi.(775) 336-2222
Harrah's Reno219 North Center StReno, NV27.3 mi.(775) 788-3230
Motel 6866 N WLS AveReno, NV27.3 mi.(775) 786-9852
Siena Hotel Spa CasinoOne S Lake StReno, NV27.3 mi.(877) 743-6233
Tanamera900 S MDWS PkwyReno, NV27.3 mi.(800) 251-2334
Juniper Court Hotel320 Evans AveReno, NV27.4 mi.(775) 329-7002
Ramada Plaza Hotel200 E 6TH StReno, NV27.4 mi.(775) 329-7400
University Inn1001 N VirginiaReno, NV27.4 mi.(775) 323-0321

Tahoe Donner Weather & Climate

The Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, just west of the Nevada state line has an alpine mountain climate. This high mountain region is known as one of the chilliest spots in the country, which comes as a big surprise to many that visit California. Nestled between the Sierra Nevada peaks, the towns of Truckee and Graeagle, and the Donner Lake region, often gets an inversion, whereby cold air is trapped overnight, thus the reason for the extreme cold temperatures in the very early morning hours - even in summertime. As the sun comes up, the temperature begins to rise and daytime highs are usually quite pleasant. Large amounts of snow are received in the higher elevations of the Sierras - up to 40 feet. Rain is possible any month of the year, although most occurs October through April. Mountain weather conditions can change quickly, and rain in the lower elevations can mean snow, sleet or ice in the higher elevations.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 14°F 6.89 in. -
February 42°F 16°F 6.72 in. -
March 45°F 21°F 5.83 in. -
April 51°F 25°F 2.50 in. -
May 60°F 31°F 1.55 in. -
June 71°F 36°F 0.76 in. -
July 79°F 41°F 0.47 in. -
August 79°F 40°F 0.59 in. -
September 72°F 35°F 1.11 in. -
October 61°F 28°F 2.18 in. -
November 47°F 21°F 4.92 in. -
December 39°F 15°F 5.48 in. -

Tahoe Donner Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Truckee Tahoe airport (TRK) located about 7 miles southeast of Tahoe Donner in Truckee, California, the Reno Tahoe International airport (RNO) located approximately 28 miles east of Tahoe Donner in Reno, Nevada, the Reno Stead airport (4SD) located roughly 30 miles northeast of Tahoe Donner in Reno, Nevada, the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located around 34 miles south of Tahoe Donner in South Lake Tahoe, California, and finally the Minden Tahoe airport (MEV) located about 36 miles southeast of Tahoe Donner in Minden, Nevada.

Tahoe Donner Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Playland ParkRenoNV27.3 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV30.4 mi.
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA32.8 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA84.6 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV30.4 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA84.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Coyote Moon Golf ClubTruckeeCA5.0 mi.
Tahoe Donner Golf ClubTruckeeCA5.0 mi.
Ponderosa Golf CourseTruckeeCA6.1 mi.
Tahoe City Golf CourseTahoe CityCA14.3 mi.
Old Brockway Golf CourseKings BeachCA15.3 mi.
Lake Ridge Golf CourseRenoNV27.2 mi.
Northgate Golf ClubRenoNV27.2 mi.
Rosewood Lakes Golf CourseRenoNV27.2 mi.
Washoe Golf CourseRenoNV27.2 mi.
Wolf Run Golf Club at Fieldcreek RanchRenoNV27.2 mi.
Sierra Sage Golf CourseRenoNV27.9 mi.
Brookside Municipal Golf CourseRenoNV29.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA5.0 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA5.0 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA5.1 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA5.1 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA12.9 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA14.3 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV17.4 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA19.3 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV27.3 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA33.1 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA38.2 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA46.1 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA62.6 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA75.3 mi.
State Parks
Donner Memorial State ParkCA2.8 mi. 
Burton Creek State ParkCA13.2 mi. 
Tahoe State ParkCA14.7 mi. 
Kings Beach State ParkCA15.9 mi. 
Sugar Pine Point State ParkCA22.4 mi. 
Lake Tahoe State ParkNV23.9 mi. 
Washoe Lake State ParkNV27.4 mi. 
D L Bliss State ParkCA27.5 mi. 
Snyder Meadows State ParkNV28.5 mi. 
Emerald Bay State ParkCA29.4 mi. 
Plumas Eureka State ParkCA36.3 mi. 
Dayton State ParkNV37.7 mi. 
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA5.0 mi.(History)
W.M. Keck MuseumRenoNV27.3 mi.(History)
Nevada Historical SocietyRenoNV27.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Fleischmann PlanetariumRenoNV27.3 mi.(Science)
National Automobile MuseumRenoNV27.3 mi.(Technology)
Nevada Museum of ArtRenoNV27.3 mi.(Art)
Stewart Indian MuseumCarson CityNV30.0 mi.(History)
Nevada State Railroad MuseumCarson CityNV30.0 mi.(Technology)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV33.1 mi.(History)
Portola Railroad MuseumPortolaCA33.4 mi.(Technology)
Vernon Wood Museum of ArtDaytonNV37.1 mi.(Art)
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV39.9 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA84.6 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA100.2 mi.

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