Top things to do in Truckee

Top Choice Californian in Truckee

Moody's Bistro & Lounge

With its sophisticated supper-club looks and live jazz (Thursday to Saturday evenings), this gourmet restaurant in the Truckee Hotel oozes urbane flair. Only fresh, organic and locally grown ingredients make it into…
Top Choice Californian in Truckee


Housed at the trendy Cedar House Sport Hotel, this modern mountain-lodge dining room elevates Truckee’s eating scene with Californian flair, harmonizing Asian and Mediterranean influences on its seasonal menu of hou…
State Park in Truckee

Donner Memorial State Park

At the eastern end of Donner Lake, this state-run park occupies one of the sites where the doomed Donner Party got trapped during the fateful winter of 1846. Though its history is gruesome, the park is gorgeous and …
Diner in Truckee

Squeeze In

Across from the Amtrak station, this snug locals’ favorite dishes up breakfasts big enough to feed a lumberjack. Over 60 varieties of humongous omelets – along with burgers, burritos and big salads – are served in t…
Cafe in Truckee


This beatnik, bare-bones industrial coffee shop serves Italian gelato, delectable pastries and home-brewed kombucha. Go for tantalizing breakfast crepes and overstuffed panini on herbed focaccia bread, or for a jolt…
Brewery in Truckee

Fifty Fifty Brewing Co

Inhale the aroma of toasting grains at this brewpub south of downtown, near the Hwy 267 intersection. Sip the popular Donner Party Porter or Eclipse barrel-aged imperial stout while noshing a huge plate of nachos or…
Forest in Truckee

Tahoe National Forest

This forest can be accessed from Truckee; it features some great hikes leading you around Donner Summit.
Lake in Truckee

Donner Lake

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.
Historic Building in Truckee

Old Jail

Continuously in use until the 1960s, this 1875 redbrick building is filled with relics from the wild days of yore. George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly was reportedly once held here for shoplifting at a local variety store, a…