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In the midst of old-growth ponderosa pines and mighty coast Douglas-firs lies Truckee, California, a tiny old remnant of the wild west era. Formerly known as Coburn Station, Truckee evolved from pioneer encampment to train stop along the Transcontinental Railroad, and eventually became the elegant little outdoor paradise it is today. With whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and mountain climbing, and a short drive from both Tahoe City and Reno in Nevada, this recreation hub is perfectly suited for summertime visitors that want to take in the beauty of Nevada County and northern California, too. Although the wintertime is cold and snowy, it is one of the most popular snowboard and ski destinations in the country and attracts hordes of visitors after the first snowfall of the season.
The tiny historic downtown area is full of exciting sites and magnificent architecture that will make you feel as though you stumbled onto the set of an old spaghetti western film. Truckee is a wonderful place to rent an RV because it is very accessible. Neatly situated on Interstate 80, you can easily drive your Truckee RV rental in and out of town to take a nice tour of the region. Sacramento is 100 miles away, and San Francisco is a quick three-hour drive away in your Truckee motorhome rental. With a nearby airport and an operational train station serviced by Amtrak, you will have no trouble traveling to this magnificent little vacation destination. The town is even serviced by a free bus system, making it even easier to book an RV in Truckee.
Of all the notable reasons to visit northern California, the fact that the region is absolutely teeming with natural beauty stands out as the best and most obvious one. No matter what direction you head in with a Truckee camper rental, you will not be disappointed by the impressive mix of mountains, old growth forest, and high desert that surrounds you. The small city of Truckee is actually located within the boundaries of Tahoe National Forest, a sprawling collection of various tree species, most notably the giant sequoias which happen to be the most massive trees on Earth. Tahoe National Forest itself is surrounded by other national forests, like Plumas National Forest to the north, and El Dorado National Forest to the south. Plumas National Forest features over one million acres of pristine wilderness area in the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains; of these acres, 127,000 contain old growth forest full of many native species. El Dorado National Forest has abundant water and ample space for recreation. With 611 miles of streams brimming with fish to be caught, and 297 lakes and reservoirs, you will always have something to do and something to drink.
Yosemite National Park is a bit further south and will enable you to venture off in the Truckee RV rental. Yosemite still retains its title as most popular park in the US and attracts nearly five million people a year due to its sheer brilliance and beauty. There is much to do in Yosemite, but rock climbing is one of the most popular activities in the park. Professional climbers come from all over the world to climb El Capitan, one of the most notable features in Yosemite.
With its small historic downtown area, Truckee is a unique destination that will leave you entertained throughout the entirety of your stay. The wild west architecture drops you into another time period when you walk down Donner Pass Road, named for the infamous and doomed Donner settler party that sought to make it to the coast. Donner Memorial State Park also celebrates and memorializes the Donner Party; the visitor center in the park enables you to learn about the settler party and what went wrong, and the park even contains a monument to the settlers.
In town, you can get an additional dose of history by visiting the Old Jail Museum and Community Memorial Garden. Truckee is fortunate to have one of the last remaining old jail houses in the entire western United States. Serving as the town’s jail for almost 100 years, it has since been converted into a place of learning for visitors. The museum even displays a wide variety of artifacts from Truckee’s history.
In the winter, Truckee and the surrounding areas are absolutely stocked with incredible downhill ski and snowboard mountains. Tahoe Donner, Northstar, and Boreal are some of the most well-known mountains in the area, and offer fully functional lift service and equipment rentals.
There is no shortage of campgrounds and RV parks in the Truckee area, so do not fret. Bring your Truckee luxury motorhome rental to Truckee River RV Park, just six miles from the downtown area. Situated on the gorgeous Truckee River, this park is magnificent, especially if you enjoy fishing or kayaking. Coachland RV Park is another safe bet just 20 minutes from the incredible Lake Tahoe. Donner Memorial State Park is a wonderful place to park the Truckee RV rental because it has a public boat ramp, waterfront access, and many miles of hiking trails. No matter where you stay, you will appreciate the beauty of Nevada County.