Downtown Truckee

Experience historic Truckee, California’s Old-West mountain charm with unique shops, wonderful restaurants, wine tasting, art galleries, entertainment, and year-round recreation and adventure. Set high in the northern Sierra Nevada just a short distance from Lake Tahoe and home to beautiful Donner Lake, Truckee, California’s rustic mountain appeal is second to none. Visit this amazing sleepy town during your next North Lake Tahoe vacation!

History of Truckee

Historic downtown Truckee, established in 1868 as a railroad community linking Reno and Sacramento, as well as a bustling lumber town, has kept its small-town charm even now in the 21st century. Strolling through this historic downtown, you will find an Old-West mountain feel that you cannot find anywhere else. Historic brick buildings house unique shops, historic hotels, art galleries, and wonderful restaurants and entertainment. History buffs and those who love a rich local history will love this little sleepy downtown area.

Things to Do

This is not just a spot for visitors to shop and enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery. Locals love joining the festivities hosted in downtown Truckee, such as Truckee Thursdays and the Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, as well as just coming to one of Truckee’s restaurants to grab a delicious meal.

In the summer, you can have a scrumptious meal out on the patio at Dragonfly or join one of the summer events that are always a good time. In the fall, you can enjoy the stunning fall colors surrounding downtown Truckee while shopping at The Pharmacy or Down by the River, two favorite places for trendy clothing and accessories. In the winter, you can bundle up and walk along the beautiful snow-covered streets and cozy up in one of our warm restaurants like Pacific Crest or Pianeta’s.

You can also visit some of the historic sites located in downtown Truckee, like the Truckee Hotel, built in 1873 and still renting rooms, or the Old Jail, built in 1875 and used until 1964. Even though fires swept through this town in early years, the townsmen continued rebuilding the town after every fire, stronger than before, and many of those buildings are still standing and in use today.

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