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You have just arrived here and you are looking for Truckee things to do. You may want to start with Historic Downtown Truckee, where you can dine, shop and learn about the history of this fascinating and beautiful place. There are so many art galleries, stores and restaurants, that you may want to plan your trip in advance.

Art and Galleries

Truckee is home to several fantastic art galleries and art exhibits, including Carmel Gallery which features photographs of landscapes from all over the world by owners Olof and Elizabeth Carmel. You may notice some cleverly decorated bike racks around downtown. Those racks are part of the Public Art Commissions, Art Bike Rack Program.


Don’t let the Donner Party’s dining habits scare you off; there are plenty of place to eat in downtown Truckee! Village Pizzeria has served the town’s biggest and best pie for over 30 years. The Bar of America has been around even longer. Its menu offers an original take on traditional bar food and has clever names for the dishes, such as Salmon Summit and The America’s Gone Bananas dessert which is an American take on Bananas Foster.


Truckee plays a critical part in the history of the old west. Truckee Historic Walking Tour tells participants the story of the building of the railroads, the unusual practice of ice harvesting and the time Charlie Chaplin came to town to make his comedy classic, “Gold Rush.”

This tour in Historic Downtown Truckee is free and requires less than a mile of walking. In addition to the places you will see, you will hear stories and fables about the town and the colorful characters who make up its history.
The Ghost Tour takes participants to six different locations, where fully costumed actors will tell tales of the seamier and more spirited side of Truckee.

If you’re coming to Truckee in the summer, there are plenty of fun tours you can enjoy for an amazing vacation experience! Browse our summer rentals in Truckee here!


There are many small shops and boutiques in Historic Downtown Truckee. If you came to snowboard, but forgot your board, you can stop into Arbor Boardhouse. The clothing store Mo, Jo and Zoe’s offers threads for people of all ages without the normal high boutique price.

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