Travel back in time by visiting Auburn in your RV rental Auburn CA from RVshare! A small city located in Northern California, Auburn is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and bordered by the spectacular American River Canyon. You might not have heard of Auburn before but it is a city you must visit for it played a significant role in the California Gold Rush history. In fact, the city is on the list of California Historical Landmarks. Aside from its vital role in history, the city is known as the “Endurance Capital of the World”, as the Auburn State Recreation Area has hosted the most number of endurance events in the world. It is also the home of the Placer High School, one of the oldest schools in the state. The city is also blessed with a balmy climate.
If you are planning a trip to Northern California soon, you must include the city of Auburn in your list. It might not be vacation hotspot but its historical landmarks and parks are worth the trip. We have come up with a list of attractions in Auburn, which will help you plan your visit in your RV rental near Auburn CA!
Popular Tourist Attractions
Placer County Historical Museum
The first thing you must do when visiting a new city is to learn about its history and people, and in Auburn, it would be a visit to the Placer County Historical Museum. The museum showcases various exhibits and artifacts that will bring you back to the time of the early Nisenan inhabitants until the present. It is a small but very informative museum, which will help you appreciate the city of Auburn and its significance to the history of the country. The museum also features the original Thomas Kinkade painting "Auburn Centennial" and the renowned Pate Collection of American Indian artifacts. The museum is located at the 1st floor of Auburn’s historic Courthouse. The Placer County Historical Museum is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm except during holidays.
Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum
A historic site in Auburn, the Auburn Joss House Chinese Museum symbolizes that time in history when the street where the museum is located was known as “Chinatown Hill” because of it concentration of Chinese. It was a thriving community, which had card rooms, laundry facilities and opium dens. It was adjacent to the “red light district” of Auburn. In the 1880s, a man who wanted to get rid of the “ladies” by burning them out also burned out the Chinese settlement. The Joss House Chinese Museum’s building was built in 1920’s as a residence but was converted into Joss House. It was in the mid-1990s that the house was restored and established as a museum. It showcases numerous artifacts and altarpieces.
Forest Hill Bridge
The highest bridge in California, the Forest Hill Bridge is a “must see” in Auburn. It was fabricated in 1971 and opened in 1973. You can drive through the bridge or take a walk, stop in the middle and just breathe in the beautiful landscape and scenery it affords you. Aside from enjoying a trip to the bridge, there are numerous trails nearby where you can take a hike and commune with nature. It is no wonder that the bridge has been seen in numerous movies. You can visit and be awed by the Forest Hill Bridge anytime.
Campgrounds and State/National Parks
Auburn Gold Country RV Park
The Auburn Gold Country RV Park is your best option if you want to spend a few days in Auburn and explore the city. This family oriented RV Park is the perfect home base if you want to check out the surrounding areas of Auburn. The RV Park has 10 available paved and shaded full hookup spaces with room for slideouts. Facilities and amenities include free wi-fi internet access, TV lounge, a heated swimming pool and spa, playground, fishing pond, convenience store, laundry facilities, BBQ facilities, and restrooms and showers. You can also enjoy numerous outdoor activities such as bird watching, outdoor games and picnics. The Auburn Gold Country RV Park is open all year round.
Loomis RV Park
Located in the town of Loomis just ten miles from the city of Auburn, the Loomis RV Park is a quaint and homey RV park with friendly and accommodating staffs. It is a great choice if you want to be near the city of Kingston. The RV Park has 14 shaded available full hookup sites. Facilities and amenities include wi-fi internet access and cable TV, swimming pool, playground, pond, horseshoes, laundry facilities, restrooms and showers, and RV storage. You are welcome to stay at Loomis RV Park anytime.
Located in the unincorporated community of Lotus about 18 miles from Kingston, the Ponderosa Resort is nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Sierras and the American River, a popular whitewater river in California, is located nearby. The RV Park has 10 full hookup sites. Facilities and amenities include wi-fi internet access, recreational hall, game room, horseshoes, heated swimming pool, fire rings, restrooms and showers, and RV storage. You can enjoy numerous activities nearby such as rafting, fishing, gold panning and hiking. Ponderosa Resort is open all year round.
Entertainment and Shopping
There are numerous events happening in Auburn especially in the Old Town. You can enjoy shopping for homegrown fruits and veggies at the Foothill Farmer's Market held every Saturday morning. There are antique street fairs during the spring and fall seasons. The summer season heralds the blues festival, and in the fall season, you can enjoy a wine festival. If you are a foodie, there are more than 12 restaurants and bars where you can enjoy the best dishes and drinks which can only be found in Auburn. There is something you can enjoy in the Old Town Auburn at any time of the year.
Gold Pan Ukelele Festival
Are you interested to learn how to play the ukulele or want to watch mesmerizing performances of ukulele artists? Join the fun at the annual Gold Pan Ukelele Festival held every August in Auburn. It is a one-day event, which features workshops of your choice, open mic with the host, indoor and outdoor jam time, a BBQ lunch, and food and ukulele paraphernalia vendors. You can bring your own ukulele and feel right at home. A concert in the evening is the highlight of the event. The Gold Pan Ukelele Festival is open to the public and you can make your reservations thru the festival’s website.
You will leave Auburn with a deeper understanding of the California Gold Rush History. The city also has numerous historical places and landmarks, which will amaze you. There is still so much to discover in Auburn and a visit to the city is a must! We are pretty sure you will be heading off to Auburn soon.
Safe travel from all of us here at RVshare in your RV rental Auburn California!