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High in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Truckee is a town with unrivalled access to the great outdoors. With Lake Tahoe just to the south and completely enveloped in National Parks, there is so much natural beauty to become completely lost in. Hiking, biking, and kayaking are the main summer sports, while the mountains offer fantastic piste and cross-country skiing in the winter months. Truckee also provides its fair share of culture, shopping, and dining options within its historic, lively downtown.

Things to see

Start with a tour of Truckee’s historic downtown, where you can peruse the arty markets and boutique shops, which sell one-off items of jewelry, original paintings, and independent fashion. You can also pick up the necessary equipment and clothing for adventurous activities in the surrounding mountains. Then head out to the Tahoe Donner Ski Area, a Nordic ski resort with gentle runs and the opportunity for snowshoeing, all with dramatic views of the snow-covered mountains. In the summer months, it’s a great place to come for equestrian sports, family-friendly wagon rides, and endless trails for cross-country hikes. Donner Lake provides a sunny spot to relax in. Of course, the great Lake Tahoe, whose name appears all over Truckee, is a must-visit; with its clear, azure waters and mountain backdrop, it is a breathtakingly beautiful place to try out watersports. The surrounding mountains also provide more challenging skiing, including off-piste routes.

Hotels in Truckee

The area in and around Truckee has countless hotels, ranging from 5-star luxury to budget accommodation. Given the outstanding beauty of the Sierra Nevada and lakes, it’s not difficult to find a room with a view: even some of the cheap Truckee hotels are located on the lakeside, with superb views. The luxury resorts offer spa services and superb attention to detail, both in the level of service and the rustic mountain decor, with easy access to the ski resorts. The cheap hotels may lack some of the atmosphere, but still offer a great deal in terms of location and comfort.

Where to stay

If you’d like to return to civilization after a day in the wilderness, then stay in Truckee’s downtown, where there is a choice of restaurants and shopping options. A whole range of hotels are available, from budget to luxury. If you’d prefer to stay in a mountain lodge with ski-in, ski-out access, then the Northstar resort, just south of Truckee offers some of the most luxurious resorts in the perfect environment. For lakeside views and watersports, stay in Tahoe Vista, right at the northern edge of the lake. It has plenty of cheap hotels, as well as some upscale options.

How to get to Truckee

Reno/Tahoe International is the closest large airport to Truckee and the ski resorts. It receives flights from all over the USA; international visitors will need to make a connection. The airport is located an hour northeast of Truckee. You can hire a car, but in winter the mountain roads can be treacherous. A better option is to take one of the frequent shuttle services, which stop at the main resort areas. Some of the luxury resort hotels have their own airport shuttles, and there is a free ski shuttle which runs in winter, stopping at the ski lodges and hotels.

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