If you’re not into camping, you’ll be searching for a warm bed and a hot meal after a day of exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park. You don’t have to search far—the tiny enclave of Mineral (population less than 200) lies only eight miles from the park’s southwest entrance, where the Lassen Mineral Lodge offers clean, no-frills rooms, plus hearty burgers and fresh-caught trout. More luxurious digs can be found at the rustic-chic Highland Ranch Resort on Childs Meadow in nearby Mill Creek. Wherever you sleep, plan a quick trip to Deer Creek Falls in the morning. This short, snowmelt-fed waterfall drops into a punchbowl swimming hole. Don’t forget your swimsuit.
Deer Creek Falls