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Park in Auburn

Auburn State Recreation Area

This is a park of deep gorges cut by the rushing waters of the North and Middle Forks of the American River, which converge below a bridge on Hwy 49, 4 miles south of Auburn. In early spring, when waters are high, t…
Brewery in Auburn

Auburn Alehouse

One of those rare brewpubs with both excellent craft beer and food; patrons dig into burgers, sweet-potato fries, ‘adult mac 'n' cheese’ and sweet-and-savory salads. The beer sampler is a great deal, as Auburn bring…
Museum in Auburn

Placer County Museum

The 1st floor of the domed 1898 Placer County Courthouse has Native American artifacts and displays of Auburn’s transportation heritage, including a classic 1877 stage coach. It’s the easiest museum to visit and giv…
Museum in Auburn

Joss House

Built by the Yue family in the 1920s, this clapboard residence stands on 'Chinese Hill,' one of many Chinese communities established during the gold rush. After a 'mysterious' fire ripped through the settlement, the…
Diner in Auburn


If you’re cruising this part of the state without time to explore, the best pit stop is this expanded farm stand – now a diner/market – off I-80 a few miles north of downtown. Thick, grass-fed beef or tofu burgers, …
Museum in Auburn

Bernhard Museum Complex

This museum, built in 1851 as the Traveler’s Rest Hotel, exhibits depictions of typical 19th-century-farm family life. Volunteers in period garb show you around, and the concept is that the family has just left the …
American in Auburn

Awful Annie’s

Huge breakfast scrambles, every possible variation on eggs Benedict and a sunny patio keep Annie’s packed. Worth the wait, though post-church lines on a Sunday can be very long.
Museum in Auburn

Gold Country Museum

Toward the back of the fairgrounds, the Gold Country Museum includes a reconstructed mine and gold panning, both great for kids.
Breakfast in Auburn


Lemon yogurt or banana nut pancakes, great omelets and all manner of hot sandwiches dished up in a homey atmosphere.
Sports & Outdoors in Auburn

Pioneer Mining Supply

A one-stop prospecting shop for those for whom the gold rush dream lives on. Don't mind the gruff salesfolk: they actually are happy to get you started with a metal detector and pans, set up guided tours (from $100 …