Auburn is a small city in Placer County on Interstate 80. Nearby the confluence of the North and East Forks of the American River are a good place to swim and drink beer. There is a picturesque old town neighborhood near the statue of a miner just off the freeway. Under the miner, there are large drainage tunnels filled with graffiti that one can explore with a flashlight.
Auburn is known to be the "Endurance Capital of the World", as many races either start or end here. Notably, the Western States Endurance Run ends at Placer High School in Auburn. There are hundreds of miles of trails (including the Western States Trail) that lead to or from here.