Downtown Truckee- what a super adorable and fun location!! There is a parking lot just east of the Amtrak station, past a gas station that is free for some hours, otherwise you pay for parking on the downtown street, but it's still not bad. Walking down the street you can take it as fast or as slow as you like, there are so many adorable shops to stop in and check out along the way! Everything from kitchen stores to children's clothing shops. Lots of restaurants tucked in between also. You could easily spend a whole day here checking everything out! A simple are for families to explore, and all really cute!
Did you know that you can catch the train from Sacramento all the way to downtown Truckee? How fantastic is that! Some of my favorite kid-friendly delights include:
TRUCKEE RAILROAD MUSEUM
Downtown Truckee is on one side of the street, the Railroad Museum is on the other. My son loved the museum’s hands-on train table! The museum itself is tiny, but for preschoolers, the train table makes it worth the trip.
Squeeze In’s eclectic decor of zany props and humorous signs will tickle your funny bone while you're feeding your belly. Open for breakfast and lunch only, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to order off their extensive menu. What I love the most about Squeeze In is the basket of toys children receive upon being seated.
TRUCKEE VARIETY CO
A large and entertaining toy store with unique hats, novelty toys, and candy. I left with a large magnetic mustache that I placed on my garage door and my son selected a stretchy jelly thingy with a flashing light inside.
Parking is not free, you'll have to pay at a kiosk. With that being said, I found a spot easily both times that I visited.
Great little downtown area, but don't forget to pay for parking! I was so busy scoping out shops as I cruised the main street, I did not see the parking signs. I parked and headed toward a cute little clothing boutique. When I got out, I had a bright orange ticket on my windshield. No meters, you have to pay for parking at little kiosks.
A popular stop on the way to the West Shore, the tiny town of Truckee was a rollicking railroading, logging, and ice-harvesting headquarters in the 1800s. The picturesque main street, Donner Pass Road, is lined with Western wear and outdoor equipment stores, restaurants, and saloons in brick and stone false-front buildings facing the rairoad tracks and the 1869 depot where Amtrak trains blast into town daily.
Kids like the Variety Company, an old-fashioned general store selling zillions of little cars and trucks, penny candy, and toys; give the kids $5 each and let them loose! A model train chugs around Truckee Train and Toy, ground zero for all kinds of toy trains and specialty dolls and toys. At Bud’s Sporting Goods and Fountain, you can sit on a stool at the mirrored soda fountain and have a Cherry Coke or an ice-cream soda, while Dad shops for fishing gear. The historic Union Pacific/Amtrak Depot houses the visitor center, where you can browse a huge array of brochures and maps and get sightseeing and outdoor recration advice for the North Tahoe area; look at great photos of early days; check your e-mail; and ask about annual events.
In May the town steps back in time with gunslingers trodding the boardwalks, gold panning, strolling musicians, and storytelling. Truckee Railroad Days features antique trains, handcar rides, a parade, exhibitors,and vendors, and the Railroad Regulators reenact scenes from the Wild West.