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Fly fishing

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Cast a fly in blue-ribbon waters

Between the volcanic summits of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen flow some of California’s most celebrated fly fishing rivers. Blue-ribbon waters lace the region, enough to keep the intrepid angler busily searching for trophy-sized wild trout. Fall River stands out as 15 miles of crystal-clear, icy cold spring water—aka perfect trout habitat—and the angling showpiece of Northern California. Pit River is a boulder-strewn fantasy of remote canyon waters, a naturally occurring wild trout fishery with a tough reputation. Wade carefully through its swift current, over slippery stones, and you’ll be rewarded with rainbow-filled pocket waters and not a fisherman in sight. The lower 3.2 miles of Hat Creek, flowing into Lake Britton, form California’s original Wild Trout water; guides with outfitters like Clearwater Lodge and The Fly Shop teach beginners the basics and lead experienced casters to local hot spots.

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Northern California

Discover Shasta Cascade

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California’s north east corner is an outdoor lover’s paradise, with safe to explore volcanoes, hushed forests and trout filled rivers. This is the place for blue-ribbon fishing, houseboats anchored in cool lakes, countless campgrounds and inviting trails for hiking and mountain biking. 

"When I first caught sight of it I was weary and 50 miles away and afoot. Yet all my blood turned to wine, and I have not been weary since.”  --Author John Muir, upon seeing Mount Shasta in 1874

All this, plus friendly towns like Chico and Chester and inviting rural farms in fertile lands near the Upper Sacramento River. Redding, the region’s largest city, makes a good base, with river front trails, Turtle Bay Exploration Park and elegant Sundial Bridge, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park is the only place on Earth where all four types of volcano can be seen.
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Trip 4 - 6 days 10 stops

Volcanoes to the Sea

Booming Waterfalls, Craft Breweries
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Begin your trip in the centre of the state, home to the capital city of Sacramento. Like many cities, California’s state capital is undergoing an energetic renaissance. Young adults looking for an urban vibe are moving into this low key city, with micro breweries, gastropubs and trendy boutiques...

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After so much wildness for so much of your trip, Eureka is an inviting and lively switch. This once rough and tumble seaport town, the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, has a split personality charm: a sense of history in the handsomely restored, Victorian...

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Burney Falls

Visit a booming cascade nicknamed the 'eighth wonder of the world'

One of the most spectacular waterfalls in the state—if not the continent—this 129-foot-tall, fern-draped cascade seems to come out of nowhere....

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Shasta Lake

Hire a houseboat to explore the state’s largest reservoir

There’s plenty of room to move on this 30,000-acre reservoir, the largest in California. A typical summer day finds the crystal blue waters...

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Shasta Dam contains enough concrete to build a 3-foot sidewalk around the world at the equator.
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Sundial Bridge

Stroll a futuristic bridge across the Sacramento River

A functional work of art, the remarkable bridge, designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, spans the tree-lined, trout-filled...

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Redding's Sundial Bridge is the largest sundial in the world.
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Tehama Trail

Visit farms and farm stands along the Sacramento River

Established by local farmers, the Tehama Trail meanders through rural communities, linking together nearly two dozen vineyards, orchards, grass-...

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Mount Shasta

Experience wildflower meadows, year-round snowfields and a New-Age-y vibe

Soaring to 14,179 feet high, this magnificent volcano scrapes the turquoise-blue sky, north of Redding, a totem from almost anywhere in the...

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Kid-friendly fun zones, special kids' menus & amazing wine for the grownups

Sure wine country is romantic, but now it’s a surprisingly great destination for families too, with a growing number of vineyards trading in elegant tasting rooms for child-friendly fun zones that...

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Going to the mountains is going home.
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Whiskeytown Lake

Paddle, fish, or just relax atop Gold Rush history

Summer isn’t complete without a mountain-lake swim, so drive west from Redding and dip your toes in the warm, crystal-clear waters of ...

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Oroville

Spend time in this historic Butte County town and discover the outdoor-recreation destinations nearby

With its long history and a range of nearby natural escapes, the county seat of ...

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Kids get an inside look at wildlife, space, and more

From cool ways for your children to learn about wildlife, to an insider’s look at a space station, to a chance to walk through a rain forest or learn about the night sky, there’s a...

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Lava Beds National Monument

Descend into eerie and historic lava tube caves

A surreal landscape sculpted by molten earth, Lava Beds National Monument contains volcanic tablelands punctuated by cinder cones, pit craters,...

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Lava, geysers & naturally heated hot springs

From the snow capped heights of Mount Shasta in California’s far north to Amboy Crater in the Mojave Desert, signs of California’s volcanic past, and present, dot the landscape. Explore these...

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Lava Beds National Monument was a training ground for astronauts heading to the moon.
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Otter Bar Lodge

Master white-water kayaking at this immersive camp for paddlers of all levels

This off-grid wilderness lodge in California’s north-west corner is not your typical kayaking school. The family-owned ...