Auburn Travel Guide

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    In center of town looking toward...
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    Valley of the river-600 feet below
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Auburn Highlights

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     Location, friendly people, nice weather 

  • Con
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     Touristy, Driving in Town Can Be Tough 

  • In a nutshell
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     Get off the Road and Take a Bike, Hike or Raft 

Auburn Things to Do

  • Placer Co Law Library, Auburn, CA

    What a find for those that need a Law Library! Auburn's Free Public Law Library is tucked away with a very helpful and knowledgeable staff. Free public computers and WiFi.

  • Auburn Public Library

    Auburn Public Library (a branch library at)175 Almond St.Auburn, CAphoto by lianna davisThe Auburn Public Library, also known as the Old Auburn Library, at 175 Almond St. in Auburn, California is a Classical Revival architecture building built in 1909 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places March 31, 2011.

  • Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

    A really amazing spot to take a look at for anyone, but especially the car enthusiast! Amazing cars from days gone by, the Duesenberg was unique and desirable in it's day and only more so today. The cars on display here are great examples of the draw these cars had on people. I especially liked the violet one; definitely a lady's car!

  • Huge Sculptures

    Great Statues of Auburn, Auburn (Circa 1940s)by Dr. Kenneth Fox (Born 1925)Dr. Kenneth Fox began making sculptures in a lot adjoining his home and dentistry office during the late 1960s. Depicting Gold Rush and mythical figures, the sculptures are huge, constructed with concrete supported by rebar steel. While some local residents consider them...

  • Placer County Courthouse & Museum

    Placer County Museum presents an overview of Placer County history from the early Nisenan inhabitants through the latter half of the 20th century. It also includes the Placer County Gold collection, the renowned Pate Collection of American Indian artifacts and the original Thomas Kinkade painting "Auburn Centennial". The Museum occupies the first...

  • Auburn City Hall and Fire House

    One of the least interesting structures in Auburn, a sharp contrast to the Victorian and Western feel of this Historical Landmark Town but this building is on the National Register of Historic Places in Placer County, California. The building was erected in by lianna davis

  • "What Killed the American Hat?"

    Placer County MuseumThe exhibit "What Killed the American Hat?" in December 2013 has just undergone an update with a whole new collection of women's hats. Guests, particularly children, are given a note to fill out and turn back in telling what they believe the hats were from (one answer was "From Aliens" and another "From Godzilla") and why they...

  • Bernhard Museum

    The Bernhard Museum Complex is a history museum located at 291 Auburn-Folsom Road in Auburn, California. It consists of one of the oldest buildings in Placer County, Traveler's Rest, which was built in 1851 as a hotel. The hotel was popular with miners and those traveling along Auburn Folsom Road. In 1858 it became a home. In 1868 it was bought by...

  • Auburn Walking Tours

    WALKING TOUR DOWNTOWN TOUR OLDE TOWN tours are comprehensive with maps and photos along with history and interesting facts you can read as you go along...

  • Hiking the American River Area

    There are trails that go along the river on both sides. Trailheads are generally down form the old bridge area, and are under control of California Parks; thereby costing $10 to enter-not for me just to hike. I took the hike toward Calcutta Falls, both from the old Foresthill Bridge, just off the bend where it splits towards Foresthill and Hwy 49....

  • Josh House Museum

    This is seldom open for tourists coming to town, but it is used for local events and school children to see. It depicts the times of Chinese that lived on this block that climbs up form the center of old town section. Many of the Chinese house burned, but this remained.

  • Bernard House Museum

    This was a very nice tour presented by volunteer docents on the hour. The main house was built in 1851 by George Bishop and John Long to be a hotel stay for people coming to the region, and traveler tourists later. Most arrived by stage coach and this was a place to rest. They had at one time 150 acres of ground and most was used for grape vines...


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Auburn Restaurants

  • Impressive Craft Beers

    Sitting right smack in the middle of Old Town Auburn is the Auburn Alehouse in an impressive old building. At first from the street it appears to be just a restaurant until you move to the side and see all the brewing equipment and storage containers on the side of the building.While it is a restaurant I was most interested in their craft beers and...

  • Fabulous Breakfast

    Located just outside of downtown Auburn, Katrina's is a small restaurant located on the Grass Valley Highway. While it looks like just your average run of the mill diner from the road this is a genuine gourmet breakfast establishment.I was led to the restaurant by a combination of recommendations and reviews that I had seen on-line. The place is...

  • Legendary Pies! Other Food Just Ok

    When my kids were growing up and we would go skiing in the Sierra's, if there was time we would always stop in coming back at Ikeda's for pie and ice cream. That was 15 years ago and the quality of the pies and goodies at Ikea hasn't changed as I was delighted to find recently.There are so many pies to choose from so let me give you my favorites....

  • Suprisingly Good Thai Food

    As I hunted around old town Auburn for a restaurant I noticed that the Royal Thai was full to overflowing on a Tuesday morning. Thinking that this is a good sign I decided to go in.A good indication of how good a Thai restaurant is to sample their drunken noodle and yellow curry. Asking the waitress what I might enjoy more she encouraged me to try...


    A wine bar that also has art, now has a restaurant. CARPE VINO has taken the big step up with incorporating a restaurant to go with the wine tasting retail store.Gary Moffat and his son, Drew, have hit a gold mine in the gold country of California with their restaurant. Sitting next to the retail wine bar is the restaurant portion. This place looks...

  • Brew Pub in Old Town

    Auburn has a pretty good new brew pub in the building in old town which for many years housed the Shanghai Restaurant. It has very good food, definitely at the higher end for brewpubs. The beer seems mixed so far. The atmosphere and decor are also nice. It seems like a pretty busy place, though. The pulled pork sandwich was very, very good and the...

  • Fast Food Paradise

    Auburn and neighboring Forest Hills are a fast food paradise. There are so many to from which to choose. These are great for a quick stop before heading for Donner Pass. In-and Out Burger is my favorite as they actually cook, rather than microwave, the burgers.

  • basic american fare

    I was preparing to give a lecture so did not have time to go outside the Holiday Inn and they said Marie Callenders which are on the premises is a full service restaurant. what a fraud!it is just a very ordinary restaurant with very ordinary food and in fact I said to myself, this is the food to suide with, because if i ate that garbage everyday i...

  • if you are in the mood for a burger

    How can you make a burger fancy? the people working here are friendly enough and they advertise all sorts of specials and of course, their promise that their french fries are fresh and not frozen like macdonalds..the menu is extremely limitedburger and fries reallybut it is close to holiday inn and if you are staying there and want to have...


Auburn Transportation

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    by machomikemd Written Nov 18, 2013

    being the gateway and the start of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Chain goin up to Reno, Sparks, Lake Tahoe areas, Auburn is the transition between the fertile California Central Valley and the Mountainous Sierra Nevada Mountains and is a favorite rest and dining stop for groups going on a multi day sojourn around Reno/Lake Tahoe Area and also do some Hiking activities as the town has a number of rest stops, diners and restaurants and even motels and lodges, and when there is snow falling at the siera nevada mountains, people going to the Sierras put their show tires or chains at auburn before the hike to the mountains.

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Auburn Shopping

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    by travelgourmet Updated Jan 19, 2012

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    Old Town Auburn has many unique shops to browse through and one of the shopping finds is inside the Gold Rush Plaza on Sacramento Street. The Wizards of Metal is a metal art store complete with all the trimmings from addresses, sayings, animal designs, nature scenes, sports designs, fish metal cutouts, well, you name it and it most likely is here or will be custom made for you.

    All of the designs are hand made to create a work of art, one piece at a time. This is high quality workmanship with many on display for you to purchase. The artist/owner, Dan Tenold, is a very talented and well spoken person and showed me many of his works, not only the ones on the wall, but in his extensive art book. The works of metal art come in all sizes to fit your needs. The best part is that if you see something you like and desire to purchase it, then just take it off the display wall and say, "sold". This store has metal work for not only the locals, but for the tourists that stop in every day. Pieces can even be shipped to your door. Now, that's convenience.

    What to buy: I was drawn to several pieces of metal art, but my eyes caught one that "travelgourmet" could not pass up. A sign that said: "The Real HELL'S KITCHEN" was my folly. I had a great laugh and yelled out, "this one is perfect for my kitchen entry." If you drop in to see Dan and his works of metal art, please say hello from Virtual Tourists "travelgourmet." You don't have to buy, just say, "hi." Wizards of Metal "custom metal art" is open Thursday through Monday, 10am to 5pm, and closed on Tuesday/Wednesday as Dan says, "to make more stuff". Stuff my foot! This is art work and something that will be perfect in/on/around your home or vacation hide-away. Since I have a piece of Dan's work, I have noticed his work on sides of garages, barns, and in front lawns. Seems to me like a lot of folks enjoy these metal statements.

    What to pay: A wide range of prices depending on the size and design. I felt the piece of work I purchased was fair value and was more decorative than I first thought. Many a guest has had a good laugh seeing the sign with "The Real HELL'S KITCHEN.

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Auburn Warnings and Dangers

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    by TooTallFinn24 Written Nov 1, 2011

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    The American River is a great place to swim or raft. However the water, particularly in spring, can be extremely cold, and the current very swift. Please be aware of the current and aware that you may be cited, particularly over the holidays, if you are drinking on your raft.

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Auburn Off The Beaten Path

  • Folsom Prison

    Just to the east of Folsom is the prison that has a small museum in a house near the front entrance. It has a lot of items that were confiscated from prisoners, plus the history of this infamous prison. The prison opened in 1880 and was then a maximum security prison for the rough and tough types that came west for gold, or fortune however they got...

  • Folsom Town

    There is a section of old town Folsom about two blocks long that is for tourism and shopping. A nice little area that has been redone. The Folsom museum is open Tuesday-Sunday 11-4PM and admission is $4. The tour is not a lot and has a number of cardboard displays instead of actual artifacts of the period

  • Mount Vernon Winery

    Just outside of town and off of the Auburn-Grass Valley Highway is a nice little winery. It is called the Mount Vernon Winery and it is owned by Jim & Lynda Taylor and winemaker Ryan Taylor.The winery has been in existence since 1996 and sits on Mount Vernon Road about a 1.5 miles off of Highway 49. There is a very nice tasting room that is a 1950...


Auburn Favorites

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    by MooreTravels Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Winding it's way through the mountains....great place to spend the day in the sun. We actually saw people panning for gold.

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