After sharing my Auburn guide earlier this week, I wanted to dive more into some of the best things to do in Auburn, California.

Located up north in Placer County, Auburn is the ultimate destination for summer adventures. There is a ton going on in Old Town and with a few days time, you can really have a wide variety of experiences. These best things to do in Auburn, California range from the great outdoors to wine tasting. I’d recommend going for a long weekend, enjoying time at the river, and enjoying some of these hidden gems in the city. This is definitely not everything there is to do in Auburn, just a few of the highlights that I have personally enjoyed over the years!

Best Things to Do in Auburn, California


Raft the American River.
Is there any better way to pass a summer day? Rafting the American River is a classic and can’t be missed. I’d recommend booking a trip with Rise Up River Trips and getting a boutique experience unlike any other. If you want an even more elevated experience, book their dinner float, where a chef awaits for you on the side of the river to prepare an incredible meal! This county is known for incredible river adventures.

Best Things to Do in Auburn, California

Take a farmer’s market basket to a winery.
Fill up on goodies from the market and spending the afternoon at a winery was one of my favorite things to do in Auburn. I’d recommend going to Paza Estate Winery — their rosé is so refreshing on a hot summer day.

Best Things to Do in Auburn, California

Spend a day working through the Wine and Ale trail.
If wine tasting is your thing or you love microbreweries, there are endless options. This map will be your guide!

Catch the monthly Co-Op in Old Town.
The first Thursday of every month, the Old Town closes off the streets to host an incredible party. I’d come in town for this and enjoy an evening of live music, artisan shopping, and street food.

Best Things to Do in Auburn, California

Hit the open trails.
There’s plenty to do outside and if hiking is up your alley, you’ll never run out of possibilities (no pun intended ;)). I love the trails next to the American River like Lake Clementine Trail or a day out at Hidden Falls.

Stop into Pour Choice for coffee or an event.
This awesome coffee shop always has something going on, whether its a latte competition or live music. Check out their social channels to see what’s on offer, or just stop in for coffee!

Best Things to Do in Auburn, California

Take a day trip to Nevada City.
One of our favorite places is the historic town of Nevada City, only 30 or so minutes north. The downtown is charming and hosts a ton of history to discover.

Spend the day at Lake Clementine.
Located not too far from Auburn, this is a great option for time on the water. Grab some chairs and cool off at the lake!

Work your way through the Saturday Farmer Market.
There’s plenty to stock up on at the market, and I’d recommend getting coffee and breakfast here too. You could take a few goods for a picnic in the local park. Our friends run Clementine Coffee and can’t go wrong with a pastry from one of the multiple vendors!

Best Things to Do in Auburn, California

Play a round of golf.
For those who love golf, there are plenty to choose from. As per my husband’s recommendation, his favorites are Winchester, Dark Horse, and The Ridge.

Dine at a farm to table restaurant.
One of the outstanding meals was at Carpe Vino in Old Town, where the fresh ingredients paired with vibrant colors made an incredible meal. You could even stop in at the wine bar for a glass of wine and some bites.

Best Things to Do in Auburn, California

*Bon Traveler was welcomed as a guest of Explore Auburn. As always, all opinions are own.


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