Auburn is more than just a historic town. At first glance, visitors may be attracted to the town’s historic charm glowing from the downtown and old town areas. Along with its annual happenings around town, Auburn also offers a variety of perfect weekend getaways.

Here are five things you don’t want to miss out on the next time you visit this scenic city!

Hidden Falls Regional Park

This recreational area’s behemoth footprint stretches 1,200 acres and is located near both Auburn and Lincoln.

If you love to hike, then you found your go-to destination. Hidden Falls has no shortage of trails – it boasts 30 miles of multiple-use paths for hiking, biking and even equestrian riding.

When you decide to take a little break, you’ll be able to enjoy the endless sights of some beautiful land perched atop the park’s decks. The park also offers two observation decks, where you can see 30-plus foot waterfalls, creeks and other natural habitats.

For those who truly enjoy the outdoors, the activities are endless: you can explore creeks, set up an impromptu picnic, go for a dip and even fish.

Most of all, visitors are taken aback by the views of the hills and the Sacramento Valley.

Get more information here to plan your day! Pay special attention to parking as it can get crowded.

Moonraker Brewing

After a long hike, quench your thirst at Moonraker Brewing, a top tap stop in Auburn.

The brewing company is open Wednesday through Sunday, you can check here for hours of operation. You will love the “brew crew,” and should expect a lot of fun and really good drinks. And the consensus has spoken: Yelps give it high marks (4 ½ stars).

Here’s a sampling of what’s on tap: Jungle Crush (NE pale ale crushable hop series), Yojo 66 1/6 (NE DIPA), Double Citra Crush (NE single Citra DIPA), Double Simoce Crush (NE single Simcoe DIPA). Any beer lover is sure to find a new favorite beer on tap.

This place is always mixing it up with its food and event offerings, you can take a closer look here.

River Rafting and Tubing

Now that California made some serious headway in replenishing its water supply, it’s time to enjoy Auburn’s waterways for some exciting rafting and tubing.

Places like Tributary Whitewater offer day tours along the Middle Fork of the American River. These adventures are perfect for small or big groups.

Here’s what may be included:

  • Safety and equipment briefing
  • Meals
  • Shuttles to and from meeting locations
  • White water rafting guide
  • All needed equipment
  • River camping (if that’s what you decide to do)

Regardless of your experience, you can choose from a range of class difficulties. On Class I, you can expect small, regular waves all the way to Class V, which is marked by rough rapids crashing on each other without interruption. In this class, you better buckle up because the ride requires precise maneuvering through the big drops, strong currents and steep gradients.

Now that your adrenaline is running into high gear, book your trip today.

Old Town Auburn, Museums and Wine tasting

Looking for a day out where you can eat, drink, learn about history, sightsee and be entertained? Then a trip to Old Town Auburn is just the place.

It’s “Where history captures your heart,” as some would put it, but it’s also a place to shop, eat, wine taste and experience some really cool events. From farmer’s markets, street fairs and art walks, Old Town Auburn is a bustling destination. You can learn more about the ongoing events here.

Into California history? Then you’ll want to check out one of the many museums. The museums include the Historic Courthouse, Gold Rush Museum, Gold Country Medical Museum and the Old Town Auburn Firehouse, just to name a few.

If you would rather sit back and take in the scenery with a glass of wine, you can pick from an impressive list of wineries to visit. The Placer County Wine Trail features a series of boutique wineries. One of the neat parts about visiting these wineries is their dedication to the legacy of winemaking. So, again, you’ll find a little history even at these wineries along the trail.

To the theater!

The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center is located within the historic State Theatre, which dates back to the 1930s.

After some major renovation in the 1970s and changes of stewardship, the restored Art Deco theater opened in 2014 and continues to enhance community life with cultural awareness, performing arts and film. You can take a look at what’s on the calendar here.

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