Marysville Travel Guide

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Marysville Things to Do

  • The Bok Kai Festival

    This is the only event in Marysville that is actually worth the trip from Sacramento (or even from Grass Valley). Chinese immigrants settled here in large numbers during the Gold Rush, and built this temple to their water god Bok Kai. In honor of their god, they hold an annual festival, hoping for a good harvest. The highlight of the festival is a...

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  • Sierra Mountains

    My motorcycle club (southern cruisers) went on an incredible all-day trip through the Sierras last summer. We rode up to Oroville and on to Quincy, Downiville, Nevada City, and then back home.

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  • Riverside Motocross

    Down by the river the dirt bikes fly high. I like to stair at them when I drive over the bridge, except when I almost accidentally drive off the bridge. Looks like fun anyway.

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  • Drifting along Ellis Lake

    This is a rather polluted man-made lake, but there are some redeeming aspects. A sidewalk and several benches line the perimeter and a small pedestrian bridge crosses to a grassy island and gazebo. Geese and their biological waste adorn the sidewalk as well. Try not to slip and fall or tick them off, as they may become bold enough to chase...

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  • Downtown Marysville

    Despite problems with poverty, decay, and related issues, downtown Marysville has a lot of potential because of its past size and importance. It's pretty big and has quite a few old buildings still.The area has also picked up a bit, particularly along D St, with a number of business in an attractive, walkable, urban setting. However, nearby major...

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  • Twin Cities Speedway

    Never been, but I get to hear the whine and squeel of the cars at night sometimes (even 3 miles away). If you're into racing you'll probably get a kick out the local speedway. I did ride on the go carts right next to the speedway. It was a slightly tricky course and a lot of fun. Let the wife win, of course!

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Marysville Restaurants

  • Fine Dining

    Never been yet, but heard it is awesome. The resturant is disguised in a historic downtown victorian.

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  • Chill, quaint coffehouse

    The coolest place in town to hang out. Live local bands Friday and Saturday nights, open mic on Thursdays. Great coffees, food, and treats. Most importantly, a "cultured" relax atmosphere. The brick alleyway next door is a pleasure to sit in and chat. Large latte with hazelnut. Great homemade soups and quesadillas.

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Marysville Transportation

  • Security

    When passing through Marysville and/or Yuba City, be sure to keep your doors locked and windows rolled up, especially when you see bums on the street corners. Do NOT roll down any window when they are present. It's best to fill up your gas tank before passing through this area, so as to avoid being targeted by aggressive panhandlers. Gas stations...

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  • Lane splitting -- literally life in the...

    Lane splitting is absolutely legal in California*, and also very dangerous. That's what makes it so fun, of course. When traffic is slowing down your motorcycle ride and your engine is radiating a seering heat, just ride along the dotted line between the cars until traffic starts moving again.You will need: a working motorcycle, preferably with...

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  • Trucks have the right of way

    Don't tick off the truckers. I'm guessing that 30% of the vehicles on the road are pickup trucks, and about half of them like to race each other from the stop lights. I can't blame them, this town is a bit dull.

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Marysville Shopping

  • One tiny bookstore for 135,000 residents

    Yuba county (Marysville) has about 60,000 residents and Sutter County (Yuba City) has about 75,000 residents. Why is it that these two counties have a total of only one (1) bookstore that is smaller than my apartment? This cubby is well stocked for it's size. They have many overstock (remainder) books and the titles are always...

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  • Comics, RPGs, and strategy games! Oh...

    Typical geeks hanging out in a comic book store, playing video games on the free-to-use system. They have a decent assortment of comics, RPG system books, games, toys, diecast, and other hobbies. Nice size, considering that it's the SAME SIZE as the ONLY bookstore (B. Dalton's) in a 30 mile radius.Ahem... they also have a workshop in the back for...

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Marysville Warnings and Dangers

  • The River Bottom Dwellers

    Marysville has attracted more than its share of undesirables. Many live along the banks of the Yuba River, which flows between Marysville and the unincorporated town of Linda. Walking along the levee is hazardous, as they are known to rob and assault passersby.Do not give anything to the bums; it's like feeding animals in the National Parks. It...

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  • Dirt Bikers

    Teenage boys on their dirt bikes and ATVs pose a serious threat to pedestrians, especially along the levee. All motor vehicles are banned from the levee, but that doesn't stop them for a minute. The ATV/dirt bike riders are extremely aggressive, with no regard for their own safety or anyone else's. If you observe one, report it to the police. Maybe...

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Marysville Tourist Traps

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    D Street in downtown Marysville

    by Tom_Fields Updated Jan 16, 2006

    There's very little here. A few small businesses somehow hang on, despite the poor economy and conditions.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't stay long. There's nothing to shop for. If you do, NEVER give money to panhandlers. It only encourages them to stick around and beg for more.

    Fun Alternatives: Just keep driving. Other towns have far more to offer.

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Marysville What to Pack

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    Average monthly temperatures.

    by aristotle334 Written Jan 25, 2004

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: There is a baking, scorching, dry heat here in the valley in the summer. Bring shorts, tank tops, shading hats, and SPF 99 sunblock.

    If you venture into the Sierras, remember that it is considerably cooler at 7000+ feet and in the shade. Always bring warm clothing, even in the summer. You never know when you might get stranded and need it.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are some rattlesnakes out here. My wife accidentally stepped on one, but it didn't get vengeful and strike back. If you're the paranoid type, bring an anti-venom kit when you go hiking.

    Photo Equipment: If you like to shoot lush greenery, do it early spring when the foilage is alive from the winter rains. It all dries out and dies during the summer, turning everything to golden brown.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Plenty of camping up in the Sierra Mts east of here or Redwood forests north and west of here.

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Marysville Off The Beaten Path

  • Museum of the Forgotten Warriors

    This small, modest museum houses a number of exhibits from the 20th century, mostly from the Vietnam War. It has a good collection of small arms, uniforms, and various memorabilia. It also has a number of vehicles and heavy weapons. Not a bad place to spend a few hours. It's open the first Saturday of each month, plus Veterans' Day and Memorial...

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  • Marysville Cemetery

    Marysville has one of the oldest cemeteries in California, dating back to the early 1850s. It's a frequent target for vandals, since young people here have nothing else to do. Located just north of the levee, off of Highway 70, as you head north toward Oroville. The Protestant cemetery is on the right, and the Catholic one on the left.

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  • Sutter Buttes

    Supposedly the smallest mountain range in the world. Let me know if you can figure out the difference between a large hill range and a small mountain range. Anyway, this is privatized land in Sutter, about 15 miles west of Marysville (just outside Yuba City). Lots of twists, little traffic, and beautiful scenery make this a great local motorcycle...

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Marysville Sports & Outdoors

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    Official logo.

    by aristotle334 Written Jan 25, 2004

    California Coastal Baseball League.

    Equipment: A baseball mitt or maybe a camera. Bring some beer and brauts if you tailgate.

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    • Beer Tasting
    • Adventure Travel

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