|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
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
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
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
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