Tulelake591 Main St, Tulelake
Once the peaceful home to the Modoc tribe, the town of Tulelake in Siskiyou County (which is also home to Tule Lake, two words) is packed with history. Gain a deeper understanding of the area with a trip to the Museum of Local History at Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds. Examine artifacts like handwoven snowshoes and homesteader’s shotguns. At the museum’s front desk, visitors may request tours of the nearby Tule Lake National Monument where more than 18,000 Japanese-Americans were held during World War II. Listen to audio clips from detainees to pay homage to the hardships these men and women endured. On the outskirts of town lies the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Views of mountain peaks encircling the large lake are worth the stop alone, but the real draw is the birds. A short hike to an onsite photography blind is the best way to see bald eagles (peak months are January and February).