California's Big Surprise: Redding to Chico Adventure Drive

Take a tour to hike, explore, and climb some of the state’s most spectacular natural treasures.

Trip length: 5 days
Total distance: 489mi/787km

REDDING Join a Shasta Glide ’n’ Ride Segway tour to cross Sundial Bridge. Take a family fly-fishing lesson with The Fly Shop . Sample moon pie (brownie baked with house-made marshmallows) at Moonstone Bistro . INFO Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association; 530/365-7500

SHASTA LAKE (10mi/16km; 15min). Take a tour of Shasta Caverns . Rent a houseboat from Jones Valley Resort and overnight on the lake. INFO Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association ; 530/365-7500

CASTELLA (42mi/67km; 45min). Hike to spectacular spires in Castle Crags State Park . At Cornerstone Bakery and Café in nearby Dunsmuir, try the fresh marionberry danish. INFO Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association ; 530/365-7500

MOUNT SHASTA CITY (15mi/24km; 18min). Let the kids take golf lessons while you get massages at Sacred Mountain Spa at Mount Shasta Resort . Get hiking tips at The Fifth Season  sporting goods store. INFO Visit Siskiyou County ; 530/926-3696

YREKA (38mi/61km; 37min). Take a self-guided tour along streets with dozens of historic 19th- and early-20th-century homes. Have pizza at friendly Brickhouse Bakery & Pizzeria. INFO Visit Siskiyou County ; 530/842-1649

LAVA BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT (110mi/177km; 2hr18min). Bring flashlights to descend into spooky underground lava tubes. Join special astronomy events in summer. INFO Lava Beds National Monument ; 530/667-8113

BURNEY (115mi/185km; 2hr17min). Stand in the mists of thundering 129-foot Burney Falls in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park . Have berry pie at the Blackberry Patch. INFO Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association ; 530/365-7500

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK (41mi/65km; 45min). Journey the Bumpass Hell trail to see bubbling mudpots and steaming vents. Camp near azure-blue Manzanita or Juniper Lakes. INFO Lassen Volcanic National Park ; 530/595-4480

LAKE ALMANOR (41mi/66km; 55min). Rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards from Lake Almanor Kayaks . Practice putting at Bailey Creek Golf Course . INFO Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association ; 530/365-7500

CHICO (77mi/124km; 1hr50min). Cool off in Bidwell Park’s swimming hole. Enjoy locally sourced food at Red Tavern . Wed and Sat, shop the farmers’ market . INFO Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association ; 530/365-7500