Auburn was a major stop on the Central Pacific’s transcontinental route and is still busy with trains on the Union Pacific’s main line to the east. Interstate 80 follows this route between the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe, and is a commuter passage for people who live in Auburn and work in Sacramento. Auburn’s place astride I-80 makes it one of the most visited places in the Gold Country, though it’s not as interesting as some of the other towns.
The historic part of town (called Old Town) is touristy and hoovers up people right off the interstate. But venture a little further into town along Lincoln Way and you’ll be rewarded with a thriving center and several good places for respite.
On Sunday, the Old Town hosts a huge traffic-jamming flea market, complete with live music and food vendors.