Destination guide

Ski down the perfect powder in Truckee

From trail-stop to rail-stop to outdoor haven, Truckee today is no longer a stopover: it's a destination in itself. Pretty in the summer and bustling in the winter with majestic snowstorms, Truckee vacation rentals are dedicated to winter fun. A handful of ski resorts gift deep, fresh powder daily, perfect for carving out those shapes. There's also the faded glory of an Old West downtown, now buzzing with a boutique vibe, and a playground of lakes, mountains, rivers, and forests to delight thrill-junkies and nature-buffs alike. Welcome to "Lake Tahoe without the price tag."

Things to do

Old West lives on in Truckee

For most of its history, the first view of Truckee was from a carriage window. Walk around Historic Downtown and you'll see that same Old West streetscape today. A darker side to Truckee's history is unearthed at the Donner Memorial State Park with its museum recounting how a band of 19th century settlers met a very grizzly end. More bad-time tales of yore can be heard at the Old Truckee Jail Museum. Read about ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly, ‘Baby Face’ Nelson and ‘Ma’ Spinelli, who were all once residents behind its bars.

Activities

Truckee—keeping active come sun or snow

The list of things to do here is impressive with Truckee providing opportunities for never-ending activity. Snowy fun naturally tops them all, with downhill and cross-country resorts on offer for snowboarding and skiing to your heart’s content. Nearby, beautiful Lake Donner acts as a summer-time hub where you can take a kayak onto its waters, flick out a teasing fly-line, or just dig your heels into its many sandy beaches. And, once the sun slides down behind the Sierra Nevada, gaze skywards as a silvery band of stars unfurls over your Truckee mountain cabin.

Weather

Riding Truckee's seasonal rollercoaster

Mountain-bound Truckee happily stays pleasant in summer. Temperatures amble around 75 F with plenty of dry, sunny weather but it's the promise of a winter wonderland that most visitors look forward to. If you're a snow bunny, make sure to choose a cozy resort cabin from the many Truckee vacation rentals available. It's not unknown for three feet of the white stuff to be thrown from the sky in just one day, so bring your snow shoes! This fresh, white, powdery snow makes Truckee a center for all kinds of winter sports.

Natural features

A pause for nature in Truckee

The ragged, rugged Sierra Nevada mountains take a pause in Truckee, creating a natural stopping-off point for carriages, trains, and cars alike. Lake Donner anchors the scene with its mirrored beauty, but there are many more ice-blue lakes and creeks scattered among its surrounding woods. Truckee also acts as a teaser for the legendary panorama that is Lake Tahoe. The beauty of booking one of the Truckee vacation rentals though, is that you can dip one toe into Tahoe while still keeping the other foot firmly grounded in snow.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Truckee

Fly into Truckee, CA (TKF-Truckee Tahoe), the closest airport, located 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Reno, NV (RNO-Reno-Tahoe Intl.), which is 25.1 mi (40.4 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station is Truckee Station.

Where to stay around Truckee, CA?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,939 vacation rentals near Truckee. From 436 Cabins to 2,047 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Truckee for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Truckee?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Truckee:

  • Northstar California Resort: 613 vacation rentals
  • Donner Lake Woods: 92 vacation rentals
  • Sugar Bowl Resort: 1,726 vacation rentals
  • Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area: 883 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 44 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Truckee?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Truckee. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tahoe Donner Golf Course: 3,774 vacation rentals
  • Northstar California Golf Course: 4,054 vacation rentals
  • Old Greenwood Golf Course: 3,896 vacation rentals
  • Tahoe Donner Cross Country Area: 3,753 vacation rentals
  • Christmas Tree Express Ski Lift: 3,435 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Truckee listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Truckee?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 436 Cabins in Truckee. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Truckee include:

  • Houses: 2,047 rentals available
  • Cottages: 436 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 1,018 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Truckee?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,867 vacation rentals with pool available in Truckee. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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