Auburn is a small city in Placer County on Interstate 80.
By planeThe nearest commercial airport is in Sacramento, approximately thirty miles away. Auburn has a private airport as well.
By trainAMTRAK services downtown Auburn, and Greyhound has a stop in nearby Colfax.
By carInterstate 80 runs right through both towns, and in the case of Auburn goes right past the downtown area.This makes getting off I-80 rather disorientating, since you take the exit from the freeway only to suddenly find yourself in the middle of the city.
Placer County Transit does operate buses in part of Auburn, but service is limited and does not run on Sundays. It's better to rent a car, especially considering the city's topography, which varies significantly because the city is on a ridge.
By carAuburn is harder to navigate than the cities to the southeast (Roseville and Rocklin) because Auburn is on a ridge, and not a flat one either. There are a lot of twists and turns on most of the local roads because they are going all around the houses and the steeper parts of the ridge. However, the outer, more recently developed parts of the town are generally laid out more reasonably and are on less undulating terrain than the downtown area is.
Downtown AuburnDowntown Auburn consists of two separate districts: the historic district, which is right next to Interstate 80, and the modern district, which is to the north.
Gold MinerAt the junction of the I-80 off-ramp, Lincoln Way, and Maple Street is this giant statue of a gold miner. You can walk around the statue and go into the small park area that's behind it; however, the noise of the freeway, which is just a few yards from the statue, makes staying at the park for too long unpleasant.
Placer County CourthouseThere's a small museum at the courthouse with local history and information.
There are hundreds of miles of trails (including the Western States Trail) that lead to or from here.
Fast FridaysIn summer, many speedway (motorcycle racing) competitions are held in Auburn.
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