We want to be sure you are aware of the variety of activities you have to choose from when you spend your summer in Truckee.
When was the last time you heard a real train whistle blow? Head down to the Train Depot, jump in the caboose, and learn about just how difficult it was to blast through the Sierra’s. Children and adults alike love to hear a train whistle blow! Visit the Truckee Railroad Museum to take in such sights and sounds, you can always virtually “pull into the station” when you stop by the Truckee Donner Railroad Society online.
If our rich rail history isn’t an interest of yours, perhaps one of the following might be:
- If you like a bit of outdoor hiking, and if taking in our history, why not visit Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum? Most TripAdvisor visitors rate this as “Excellent”. Besides the fascinating and heartbreaking stories of emigrants headed out this way, the park offers much for the outdoor enthusiast. In the summer, you can enjoy hiking, camping, boating, fishing, and various water sports. In addition to a number of historic buildings and sites, you can also get in a round of golf at the highly rated Coyote Moon Golf Course.
- For the adventurous, our area has much to offer. Truckee River Rafting calls river rafting “Tahoe’s #1 summertime activity!” There are a few companies that cater to this exciting pastime, but this was the first in the area. Perks like free parking, kids 2-5 are free (if you feel your young child would enjoy this), and daily trips that last from 2-4 hours make this a popular activity you can work into one of your summer days out. This is dependent on water levels and 2015 looks like it will be a disappointing year for river rafting on the Truckee River itself due to drought but other areas further out may be open. Try the Tributary Whitewater Tour Company trips – they are still running on the Middle and Lower Fork American Rivers, since the rivers are dam controlled.
- You can enjoy roller blading just about anywhere, but one great spot starts just beyond Tahoe City, off Highway 69. Begin in the bike trail parking lot, and zip – or coast – along Truckee River to Alpine Meadows and back.
- Swimmers, campers, and sunbathers will enjoy the fact that there’s no shortage of beaches. For example, Carnelian West Beach, off Highway 28, is easily reachable to most, and dog friendly. You can get in a little hiking before you hit the beach if you head to Emerald Bay Beach at Vikingsholm Castle (there’s a trail leading down to the beach). William Kent Beach offers campgrounds.
- If you’re wondering about special places for the younger crowd, KidZone Museum is fun any time of year, but perhaps especially so in the summer. It’s located at 11711 Donner Pass Road.
- How about something for the mountain biker in you? Got you covered. Perhaps a good place to start is Northstar. Find out more about what they offer here.
- Fishing is always fun and requires a license. You can read the latest information about our area from Mountain Hardware’s Fishing Report.
- And of course we can’t talk about summer in Truckee without mentioning boating! Perhaps this link showing boating resources in and around Truckee and North Lake Tahoe will help.
There’s actually so much to do in the Truckee area that it isn’t possible to cover everything. Don’t forget to sit back, relax, and take in the beauty of the area. However you choose to spend your summers, be safe and enjoy your summer in Truckee!
This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.