Donner Memorial State Park
Nearby Donner Summit (7239ft) is where the infamous Donner Party became trapped during the fierce winter of 1846-47. Led astray by an...
West End Beach
Warmer than Lake Tahoe, tree-lined Donner Lake is great for swimming, boating, fishing (license required), waterskiing and windsurfing....
Fifty Fifty Brewing Co
Down pints of 'Donner Party Porter' at Fifty Fifty Brewing Co across the tracks.
Moody's Bistro & Lounge
Lonely Planet review
West of Truckee, 3-mile-long Donner Lake is a busy recreational hub. The Donner Party camped nearby during the fateful winter of 1846. Donner Summit, further west, has six downhill and cross-country ski resorts.
Cradled by mountains and the Tahoe National Forest, Truckee is a thriving town steeped in Old West history. It was put on the map by the railroad, grew rich on logging and ice harvesting and even had its brush with Hollywood during the 1924 filming of Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush . Today tourism fills much of the city's coffers, thanks to a well-preserved historical downtown and its proximity to Lake Tahoe and world-class ski resorts.