Fall fun in Truckee - Historic walking tour

The air is brisk and winter is on the horizon. It is the perfect time to get out and explore the wonderful history of Truckee. The town is truly a gem of the Sierras, and a fun place to visit for many reasons.

Established in 1863, Truckee is rich in history. Named after a Paiute Indian chief who helped guide emigrants west through 40 miles of desert, Truckee is known for the early days of logging, ice manufacturing, the Emigrant trail, and the Donner Party.

The Depot at the train station houses the California Welcome Center, where you can pick up a copy of the Walking Map of Historic Downtown Truckee. It leads you through 22 historic sites, including homes, original businesses, the Capitol, and the Old Truckee Jail. Most of these date back to the late 1800's. You can view the map and get details on each location at http://www.truckee.com/explore/downtown/history/

Downtown has many shops, businesses, restaurants and bars to fortify yourself after the tour. The Pacific Crest Grill and Bar of America has great food and a full bar, with live entertainment most weekends. Another favorite spot is El Toro Bravo, where you can enjoy a world class margarita with authentic Mexican food.

The Donner Memorial State Park and Museum and Pioneer Monument are another must see. The tragic Donner Party is one of the most known stories of the area, and the newly re-done park is a beautiful and educational experience. You can also camp, hike, picnic and enjoy the water of Donner Lake. Detailed information on the Museum and the Donner Party can be found on the State Park website. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=503