Riding the train to Lake Tahoe instead of driving is something I have always wanted to do.
My trip started in Martinez located in the East Bay about a four to five hour train ride to Truckee. I went into the train station, with its high brick walls, reminiscent of a station from long ago. I purchased the ticket for my train ride to Lake Tahoe.
Although the train actually only goes to Truckee, there are several options to getting to Tahoe City. You can rent a car, take a taxi or the bus.
Once I boarded the train we quickly left the coastal climate and terrain and were in the central valley of California, before I knew it we arrived at the Davis Station and then the Sacramento station. Once we left Sacramento we started our slow assent into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As we approached the foothills, and since my ride was in the spring, all the trees and bushes seemed to be competing to bloom. The view of the rural homes echo times of simpler living. Chances are you will get hungry on this ride, so either bring some food or eat in the dining car. They also have a viewing car, which I highly recommend. There are windows on the top of this car, enhancing the view and experience.
At times you can see Interstate 80 from your seat and it made me glad that I was riding the train to Lake Tahoe in stead of driving. Throughout the ride bits of historical trivia can be heard over the intercom. If you find this information interesting you may want to visit the 2 museums in Tahoe City. The Gatekeepers museum and the Watson Cabin.
The train weaves through beautiful canyons which I would have not seen if I were not riding the train to Lake Tahoe instead of driving. You will travel through snow sheds and tunnels, carved right into the mountain side. Once you get a glimpse of Donner Lake, you know Truckee isn’t far away. The train circles the lake and the views take your breath away. When you arrive a the Truckee station, be ready to de-board, it only stops for a matter of minutes.
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