Places to Visit: Yuba City California

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Yuba City CA

Sierra Nevada Range lies between Lake Tahoe and Yuba City, a delta settlement turned 10 square mile city in Sacramento Valley, which is home to theatre companies, historical districts and bountiful farmer's markets. Read More

  • Located 100 miles west of Tahoe City and 40 miles north of Sacramento.
  • Yuba City hosts several arts and music festivals throughout the year at various local venues.
  • It's convenient to 2 county airports, as well as Beale Air Force Base.
  • Contact Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce at (530) 743-6501 for information.


Yuba City, CA, is situated 40 miles north of Sacramento in a valley called by that same name. Once considered the "gateway to the gold fields," Yuba City functions as the seat of Sutter County. The buildings in Yuba City demonstrate an enjoyable array of distinct architectural styles, including Gothic Revival, Italianate, Classical Revival and Victorian, adorning the city with personality and whimsy.


Located 100 miles east of Tahoe City (for directions, see below), Yuba City sits at the confluence of the Yuba River and the Feather River, both tributaries of the mighty Sacramento River in the heart of Sacramento Valley. This river delta community lies across the Feather River from the town of Marysville.


Yuba City offers many options for lodging, from historic inns to RV parks. Downtown presents an eclectic mix of restaurants. Visit Pluma Street Shopping District for boutique shopping. Considered a city that loves theatre, it boasts multiple theatre companies that put on productions throughout the year. With more than a half dozen golf courses, in addition to a local park, a sports complex, and an aquatic park, those interested in getting some exercise while enjoying the sunshine will have lots to do.

Contact the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce at (530) 743-6501 for more information. 


There's much to do in the greater-Yuba City area. Suggestions include:

  • Historic Sites: Take a self-guided walking tour of historic districts within the city, including the many cemeteries. Contact Chamber of Commerce (above) for map and info.
  • Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County:  Located at 1333 Butte House Road, the museum curates its own collection of artifacts and artistry associated with the area and host exhibits from traveling collections. Contact Museum at (530) 822-7141. 
  • Ellis Lake: Lauded as the "jewel of Marysville," the park is idyllic with gazebos, footbridges and groomed lawns, Designed by John McClaren, who can claim San Francisco's Golden Gate Park to his list of creations, it serves as a unique landmark and a source of town pride. 
  • Sutter Buttes: Made of volcanic rock, located in the "middle" of Sacramento Valley, and known as the "smallest mountains in the world," Sutter Butte is, actually, privately owned. Those interested in hiking on trails on the buttes must contact Middle Mountain Foundation at (530) 671-6116 to find out the schedule for trips. The public can, however, drive through and around the buttes.
  • Sleep Train Ampitheatre: This huge open air music venue, located in Wheatland, hosts music concerts and festivals on a large-scale, with acts including Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Eminem.

Getting Here

It's a beautiful drive - just about 2 hours - from Tahoe City to Yuba City. Take 89 North out of Tahoe City. Head west on Interstate 80. Take exit for Highway 20 to Grass Valley and continue on to Yuba City. The trip clocks in just over 100 miles.