In Our Backyard
Right in our backyard, only 12 miles away, is a must see on your visit to Truckee: Lake Tahoe. With its extraordinarily blue water, America's largest alpine lake and the second deepest lake in the U.S., Lake Tahoe is set like a jewel in the mountains and is virtually without peer.
With traffic flowing regularly, you can reach the north shore of Lake Tahoe at Kings Beach in about 20 minutes via Hwy 267 from Truckee. Driving alongside the Truckee River on Hwy 89-S past Olympic Valley will get you to Tahoe City in about 30 minutes. There is also regular Tahoe Truckee Regional Transportation (TART) bus service between Truckee and many popular lake destinations, including Emerald Bay on the west shore and Incline Village, on Tahoe's east shore in Nevada. There are many public beaches around the lake available for use, some requiring a state park fee.
With a depth of 1,645 feet, Tahoe's clarity has long been a subject of discussion and awe among tourists and scientists alike. A dip into this crystal clear lake will invigorate and rejuvenate you. The water temperature is 70+ degrees in the mid-summer and 40 degrees in the winter.
The drive around the lake is 72 miles and will take you through many different communities, each with its own distinct personality. Experience a peacefulness as you gaze out over the lake, which is 22 miles long and 13 miles wide.
With just a short drive to Reno, Nevada, you can experience a change of landscape and activities. Reno is located 32 miles east of Truckee, about a 40-minute drive on I-80. Renowned for its casinos, shopping and easy access airport, Reno also has a thriving nightlife scene and several museums. Reno also boasts a minor league baseball team, The Aces, which makes for a fun and inexpensive evening out under warm Reno skies.
Downtown Reno experienced a renaissance with the renovation of the Riverwalk and Wingfield Park. Several good restaurants, bars, and a movie theater make up the surrounding businesses of the Riverwalk and the parks are well maintained and filled with families enjoying the Truckee River, music at the amphitheater, and the whitewater park.
Families should not miss The Nevada Discovery Museum, a 67,000 square foot hands-on science center location in downtown Reno, offering learning and fun for visitors of all ages.
The breathtakingly beautiful home to El Capitan, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls--Yosemite National Park is just over a 3-hour drive, 156 miles south of Truckee. (Longer when different routes are required due to road closures in non-summer months.)
Yosemite National Park was first protected in 1864. It is most famous for its waterfalls and rock faces beautifully photographed by Ansel Adams, but within Yosemite's nearly 1200 square miles, there are deep valleys, beautiful meadows, giant ancient sequoias, and a vast wilderness area.
You can camp in one of 13 campgrounds in Yosemite National Park. Most are reserved camping and book well in advance and some are first-come, first-served and fill up very early in the day. There are also lodging options available from simple tent cabins to deluxe rooms at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Reservations are available and recommended a full year in advance.