5 great places to ride your motorcycle to in Auburn
The countdown is on for our inaugural Antique Motorcycle “Show and Shine” event this Friday.
We put together a preview to the big show (Vroom! Check out some cool motorcycles at Mt. Vernon) to give you an idea of what kind of two-wheelers we will have on display for our guests to enjoy. Remember, you may bring your own bike to “Show and Shine” on April 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. so you can have a place in the show.
All this talk about our 1937 Indian Scout and our cherished 1957 Mustang bike got us thinking –isn’t Auburn a beautiful place not to only live and work, but to explore? We think so. The rolling landscape, its abundance of greenery, recreational opportunities and the area’s landmarks are prime for exploring, especially on a motorcycle!
Here are five great places to ride your motorcycle to in Auburn.
Old Town Auburn
For a taste of the area in general, Old Town Auburn is the only place you need. Like a little city on a hill, you will probably first notice the sweeping views around you. It is a location for special events and a whole lot of history. Depending on the day you visit, you may encounter the colors and scents of a farmer’s market or take in the sights and sounds of an antique street fair. It’s all really enchanting no matter what you choose to do in Old Town Auburn. So, if you’re ready to explore, hop on your bike and take this map of key locations, including food destinations, antique shops, jewelers, art galleries and so much more.
For all the nature lovers, the Placer Nature Center might be up your alley. The community-based volunteer center is devoted to environmental education for children and families. After a long and prosperous rain season, now may be the time learn about the water life cycle at the museum’s Watershed Learning Center. Other exhibits include the Changing Lands Exhibit, Discovery Room, Native American Village, Garrison’s Park and Nature Trails. If you are ready for this outdoor adventure fire up your motorcycle and start here.
Auburn State Recreation Area
Spend the day at the Auburn State Recreation Area in the heart of the Gold Country. This recreational area covers 40 miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American River. It was once filled with eager miners and is now home to a beautiful natural area perfect for a variety of outdoor activities for everyone. Whether you enjoy hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding or even gold panning, the recreation center offers it all. The Auburn State Recreation Area is made up of land once set aside for the Auburn Dam, which features the Foresthill Bridge, which is also a sight to see!
Take a trip back in time at the Bernhard Museum. Built 1851, this landmark has been taking in visitors for more than 150 years! Near the heart of Auburn, the museum is packed with artifacts and furnishings of an erstwhile era of simpler days. So, turn off your iPhone and enjoy the Bernhard Museum. If you want a little bit more history, you can also drop by the Forest Hill Divide Museum, Gold Rush Museum, Golden Drift Museum, Griffith Quarry Museum and the Placer County Museum. Make it a Museum motorcycle ride! More info here.
Placer County Museum
If you only have time for one museum, the Placer County Museum is as good as they come. It showcases an overview of the county’s history from the early Nisenan inhabitants through the second half of the 20th century. The museum, which also features a collection of Native American artifacts, occupies the first floor of the famous courthouse.
As you can see, there’s a lot to see and do in Auburn. If you are a fan of riding motorcycles, there are plenty of destinations!