12 Visit our 30-minutes-to-the-east neighbor, Reno.
Reno doesn’t see the increase in tourism that Tahoe does, yet it’s an exciting place to go with many excellent restaurants and, of course, gambling and nightlife downtown. But did you also know Reno has a great riverwalk, movies, top name concerts, even Trader Joes, Whole Foods and an outdoor mall? Check out the family fun center at Boomtown (think carousel, ferris wheel, bounce house, mini golf, endless arcade games – AND home of the famous lobster buffet!) or the National Bowling Stadium(known as the “Taj Mahal of Tenpins” – with 78 championship lanes over 4 stories). It’s The Biggest Little City you really ought to visit during a trip to the mountains.
13 Leave the traffic and snow-driving to TART (Tahoe Area Regional Transit).
These reliable busses take you most anywhere in Truckee/Tahoe and there’s also free “night service” (for a safe and sober ride to/from North Tahoe nightlife) and “ski shuttle” routes.
14 If you’re staying in Tahoe Donner, dine at “The Lodge”.
You’ll avoid the chaos of driving (and parking) in town and will delight in delicious eats, drinks and a cozy, mountain ambiance. Also, take the “back way” into town—meaning, Alder Creek Road instead of Northwoods Boulevard. It’s a bit longer route, but it’s sure to be less congested and you can avoid steep and scary Northwoods, which is icy and slippery on a cold Truckee evening.