Truckee River, United States
Truckee RiverRaft down the Truckee River from Tahoe City to River Ranch Lodge, then sit on the hotel deck and have lunch. More like floating than whitewater rafting, the journey is perfect for families with children of all ages. During July and early August, you can navigate this gentle 4.5-mile stretch of the river in almost any kind of boat—including inner tubes. Sandy beaches offer spots to pull up and have a picnic, and the water is calm enough to jump in and swim. Several companies in Tahoe City rent rafts and tubes and provide shuttle service at the end of the float; just be sure to show up early in the morning to avoid long lines. If you have your own floating device, you can start your ride at the free Public Ranch Launching Facility at 64 Acres Park.