Revel in the power of nature, from wild rivers to spawning salmon to bubbling volcanic mud pots. Trip Time: 4 Days
Redding. Join the Animal Parade on the Boardwalk (Thu–Sat) in Turtle Bay Exploration Park . Just 10 minutes south in Anderson, get great bargains in one easy stop at Shasta Outlets , just off Interstate 5.
Weaverville (46 mi/73 km: 55 min). Walk in the woods along the Weaver Basin trails . On the first Saturday of the month, sip local wines while browsing original artworks and crafts on an evening Art Cruise gallery stroll downtown.
Junction City (8 mi/13 km: 9 min). View the sparkling Trinity River over a cup of organic house-roasted coffee at the Strawhouse Resorts, a riverside cafe and restaurant insulated with eco-friendly hay bales.
City of Mt. Shasta (113 mi/182 km: 2 hr). Rent bikes in summer and make for the mountain on Everett Memorial Highway, or walk beside spring wildflower fields on the Panther Meadow Loop trail. In town, refuel at Vivify Organic Japanese Restaurant .
Lassen Volcanic National Park (141 mi/227 km: 2 hr 43 min). Discover the geothermal forces that built this land at new Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center . Feeling energetic and adventurous? Try a full-moon hike to Lassen Peak’s summit.
Lake Almanor (37 mi/60 km: 1 hr 1 min). Get your game on at Bailey Creek Golf Course , where rugged pine country wraps around groomed greens.
Chico (74 mi/118 km: 2 hr). Rent people-powered wheels (try Campus Bicycles ) and explore 3,670-acre Bidwell Park . In town, take a guided tour of Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park . Afterward, have a cool one at Johnnie’s Restaurant (in Hotel Diamond); try an organic Butte Creek IPA.
Orland (20 mi/31 km: 36 min). Float the river or wade the shore as you cast, catch, and release the Sacramento River’s famed chinook salmon and beautiful rainbow trout. You can gear up and get tips at Orland Outfitters .
Red Bluff (32 mi/51 km: 30 min). Learn about the life of a regional founding father at William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park , then spread out a picnic by the Sacramento River on the town’s east side.
Free & Easy
Gather up maps and ideas at the Anderson California Welcome Center , and discover where to play in the Shasta Cascade region. Gaze from the Sundial Bridge (left) as the sun sets over Redding and the Sacramento River. May to September, watch migrating chinook salmon (adults measure up to 3 feet long) from Red Bluff Diversion Dam’s salmon viewing plaza.