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Truckee is a historic little town nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California. The town got its interesting name from a Paiute Indian Chief who assisted the settlers in their migration west through the wilderness. His name sounded like "Tro-Kay," to the white men, so they dubbed the area "Truckee." Located just west of the Nevada State line, with Interstate 80 running right through town, Truckee has a great central location for exploring all of the High Sierra/Lake Tahoe attractions - and there are many. Just a couple include Donner Lake and the Donner Memorial State Park. The Tahoe Basin region is one of the most well known recreational sites in the U.S. - both winter and summer. There are 12 ski resorts located within an easy drive of Truckee, including Sugar Bowl and Squaw Valley. South Lake Tahoe with its casinos, live shows and other entertainment is approximately an hour away, and Reno is only 35 minutes from Truckee. Outdoor recreational activities in or near Truckee include hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing, boating, kayaking and canoeing on the beautiful Truckee River. Downtown Truckee is filled with boutiques and art galleries, and dining runs the gamut from casual pubs to five-star restaurants. Accommodations in Truckee range from a historic hotel in town complete with claw-foot tubs and antiques to cabins and cottages along the lake.

Surrounding areas: Donner Lake, California (4.5 mi), Tahoe Donner, California (5.0 mi), Northstar, California (6.1 mi), Cedar Flat, California (8.5 mi), Carnelian Bay, California (8.8 mi), Squaw Valley, California (9.1 mi), Tahoe Vista, California (9.3 mi)

Truckee Vacation Rentals

Truckee Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Trailside Inn343 N MainAlturas, CA (530) 233-4111
Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn11331 Hwy 267Truckee, CA (800) 824-6385
Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe/Truckee11951 State Hwy #267Truckee, CA (530) 587-1197
Holiday Inn Express10527 Cold STRM RdTruckee, CA (530) 582-1073
Loch Leven Lodge13855 Donner Pass RdTruckee, CA (530) 587-3773
Truckee Super 8 Lodge11506 Deerfield DrTruckee, CA (530) 587-8888
Resort At Squaw Creek400 Squaw Creek RdOlympic Valley, CA8.6 mi.(530) 583-6300
Zelmar Lakeview LodgeN LK Blvd & Carnelian Bay RdCarnelian Bay, CA8.8 mi.(530) 546-3133
Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn1920 Squaw Vly RdOlympic Valley, CA10.3 mi.(530) 583-1576
Lake Of The Sky Motor Inn955 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA11.0 mi.(916) 583-3305
Tahoe City Travelodge455 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA11.0 mi.(916) 583-3766
Cal Neva Lodge Resort Hotel Spa & Casino2 Stateline RdCrystal Bay, NV11.9 mi.(775) 832-4000
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe111 Country ClubIncline Village, NV12.4 mi.(775) 832-1243
Inn At Incline Condominiums1003 LK BlueIncline Village, NV12.4 mi.(775) 831-1052
Sunnyside Resort1850 W Lake BlvdTahoe City, CA12.7 mi.(530) 583-7200
Boomtown Hotel & Casino2100 I-80 W & Garson ExitVerdi, NV16.8 mi.(775) 345-6000
Tahoe Lake Cottages7030 West LK BlvdTahoma, CA18.2 mi.(916) 525-4411
Motel 6 #1981400 Stardust StReno, NV23.2 mi.(775) 747-7390
Courtyard By Marriott Reno6855 South Virginia StReno, NV23.3 mi.(800) 321-2211
Holiday Inn Convention Center5851 S Virginia StReno, NV23.3 mi.(775) 825-2940
Atlantis Casino Resort3800 S Virginia StReno, NV23.5 mi.(800) 723-6500
Holiday Inn Express Carson City4055 N Carson StCarson City, NV23.6 mi.(775) 283-4055
Peppermill Hotel & Casino2707 S VirginiaReno, NV23.6 mi.(775) 826-2121
Quality Inn South1885 S Virginia StReno, NV23.6 mi.(775) 329-1001
Quality Inn1885 S VirginiaReno, NV23.6 mi.(775) 329-1001
Truckee River Lodge501 West First StReno, NV23.6 mi.(800) 635-8950
Comstock Hotel & Casino2000 W Second StReno, NV23.8 mi.(775) 329-1880
Residence Inn By Marriott Reno9845 Gateway DrReno, NV23.8 mi.(775) 853-8800
Extended Stay America9795 Gateway DrReno, NV23.9 mi.(775) 852-5611
Golden Phoenix Hotel Casino255 N Sierra StReno, NV23.9 mi.(775) 785-7100
Sands Regency Hotel & Casino345 N Arlington AveReno, NV23.9 mi.(775) 348-2200
Circus Circus Hotel Casino500 N Sierra StReno, NV24.0 mi.(775) 329-0711
Virginian Hotel & Casino140 N Virginia StReno, NV24.0 mi.(775) 329-4664
Days Inn3103 N Carson StCarson City, NV24.1 mi.(775) 883-3343
Eldorado Hotel Casino345 N Virginia StReno, NV24.1 mi.(775) 786-5700
Hampton Inn And Suites10599 Professional CirReno, NV24.1 mi.(775) 336-2222
Harrah's Reno219 North Center StReno, NV24.1 mi.(775) 788-3230
Motel 6866 N WLS AveReno, NV24.1 mi.(775) 786-9852
Siena Hotel Spa CasinoOne S Lake StReno, NV24.1 mi.(877) 743-6233
Silver Legacy Resort Casino407 N Virginia StReno, NV24.1 mi.(775) 329-4777

Truckee 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 40°F 16°F 5.35 in. -
February 44°F 18°F 5.30 in. -
March 48°F 23°F 4.43 in. -
April 55°F 26°F 1.93 in. -
May 64°F 32°F 1.33 in. -
June 74°F 38°F 0.66 in. -
July 82°F 42°F 0.41 in. -
August 82°F 41°F 0.52 in. -
September 75°F 36°F 1.00 in. -
October 64°F 29°F 1.75 in. -
November 48°F 22°F 3.83 in. -
December 41°F 16°F 4.34 in. -

Truckee Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Truckee Tahoe airport (TRK) located about 2 miles east of Truckee, the Reno Tahoe International airport (RNO) located approximately 25 miles east of Truckee in Reno, Nevada, the Reno Stead airport (4SD) located roughly 28 miles northeast of Truckee in Reno, Nevada, the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located around 31 miles south of Truckee in South Lake Tahoe, California, and finally the Minden Tahoe airport (MEV) located about 32 miles southeast of Truckee in Minden, Nevada.

Truckee Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Playland ParkRenoNV24.1 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV27.1 mi.
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA29.3 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA87.3 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV27.1 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA87.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Coyote Moon Golf ClubTruckeeCA 
Ponderosa Golf CourseTruckeeCA 
Tahoe Donner Golf ClubTruckeeCA 
Old Brockway Golf CourseKings BeachCA10.4 mi.
Tahoe City Golf CourseTahoe CityCA11.1 mi.
Lake Ridge Golf CourseRenoNV23.9 mi.
Northgate Golf ClubRenoNV23.9 mi.
Rosewood Lakes Golf CourseRenoNV23.9 mi.
Washoe Golf CourseRenoNV23.9 mi.
Wolf Run Golf Club at Fieldcreek RanchRenoNV23.9 mi.
Brookside Municipal Golf CourseRenoNV25.4 mi.
Eagle Valley Golf CourseCarson CityNV25.4 mi.
Empire Ranch Golf CourseCarson CityNV25.4 mi.
Silver Oak Golf CourseCarson CityNV25.4 mi.
Sierra Sage Golf CourseRenoNV26.1 mi.
DAndrea Golf & Country ClubSparksNV27.0 mi.
Red Hawk Golf Club At Wingfield SpringsSparksNV27.0 mi.
Wildcreek Golf CourseSparksNV27.4 mi.
Golf Club at Genoa LakesGenoaNV29.2 mi.
Sierra Nevada Golf RanchGenoaNV29.2 mi.
Bijou Municipal Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA29.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA 
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA9.3 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA9.3 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA10.6 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA11.0 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV12.4 mi.
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA16.7 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV24.1 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA29.6 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA35.8 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA43.6 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA60.1 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA72.3 mi.
State Parks
Donner Memorial State ParkCA3.1 mi. 
Burton Creek State ParkCA9.8 mi. 
Kings Beach State ParkCA11.0 mi. 
Tahoe State ParkCA11.3 mi. 
Lake Tahoe State ParkNV19.1 mi. 
Sugar Pine Point State ParkCA19.5 mi. 
Washoe Lake State ParkNV22.4 mi. 
Snyder Meadows State ParkNV23.7 mi. 
D L Bliss State ParkCA24.6 mi. 
Emerald Bay State ParkCA26.6 mi. 
Dayton State ParkNV32.8 mi. 
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA(History)
W.M. Keck MuseumRenoNV24.1 mi.(History)
Nevada Historical SocietyRenoNV24.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Fleischmann PlanetariumRenoNV24.1 mi.(Science)
National Automobile MuseumRenoNV24.1 mi.(Technology)
Nevada Museum of ArtRenoNV24.1 mi.(Art)
Stewart Indian MuseumCarson CityNV25.0 mi.(History)
Nevada State Railroad MuseumCarson CityNV25.0 mi.(Technology)
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV28.7 mi.(History)
Vernon Wood Museum of ArtDaytonNV32.2 mi.(Art)
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV35.4 mi.(History)
Portola Railroad MuseumPortolaCA36.6 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA87.3 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA101.5 mi.

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