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Volcanoes to the Sea
MOUNT SHASTA

EUREKA
SHASTA LAKE

LASSEN VOLCANIC
NATIONAL PARK

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP

This remarkable trip winds through California's
wild northeast corner, a land of volcanoes and
waterfalls, before turning west and heading
toward the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, you'll
see shimmering lakes, pristine forests, and more
rugged nature than you can imagine.

MCARTHUR-BURNEY
FALLS MEMORIAL
STATE PARK

Begin your trip in Sacramento, where you can wander museums and
shops around charming Old Sacramento, a hub during the Gold Rush.
Venture to Midtown for a bite at one of the neighborhood's hip eateries
(try the vanilla brioche donut from Milk Money), then explore by bike
on paved trails along the American and Sacramento Rivers.
Head north for about 90 minutes through broad farmlands to the
college town of Chico and one of the best known breweries in the
state, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Take a tour of the complex, then savor

SIERRA NEVADA
BREWING CO., CHICO

a pint of seasonal brew or a year-round go-to like Hazy Little Thing
unfiltered IPA, with lunch in the Sierra Taproom & Restaurant.
Continue north to follow a tasty route linking farm stands and
artisanal food purveyors. The Tehama Trail meanders through rural
communities, connecting nearly two dozen vineyards, orchards, and
grass-fed beef ranchers. (Though you can hop onto the route at any
point, the driving tour technically begins in Corning.) At roadside
stands along the way, you can sample heirloom tomatoes, juice-downyour-chin peaches and plums, and just-picked berries, as well as fresh
pies and honeys.
Your road trip now swings northeast to take in some of California's

SACRAMENTO

most amazing and wild regions. Lassen Peak starts to rise up from the
horizon as you head east, a dramatic, triangle-shaped volcano rising
above rolling plains. The land grows thicker with conifer forests as you
reach the town of Chester, gateway to the south entrance of Lassen

is for the hardiest of climbers; ask about guide services at The Fifth

Volcanic National Park. Head into the park and to Drakesbad Guest

Season store in the city of Mount Shasta, a New Age-y enclave.

Ranch. This 1900 lodge offers snug accommodations with nice extras-
massage services, guided trail rides, a welcoming restaurant, and a
hot-springs pool.
Retrace your route to Chester, then skirt the west side of the park to
PHOTOGRAPH: MARK DE LEEUW

Your route swings northwest to Mount Shasta, a snow-capped
volcano rising majestically from the flatlands. Summiting the mountain

Next, veer south and through the lush Shasta-Trinity National Forest
for a stop at one of California's most popular recreational reservoirs,
Shasta Lake. Spend (at least) a day cruising and playing around this
30,000-acre reservoir. A typical summer day finds the crystal-blue

the main entrance and Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. Spend some

waters sprinkled with fishing boats, jet skis, and inner tubes. Plan an

time learning about California's volcanoes, then head out to explore

overnight stay by renting a houseboat (via area marinas and resorts).

some of the park's remarkable features, such as Bumpass Hell (Note:
Check Lassen's website for weather-related closures). Here you see
geology in action-16 acres of boiling springs and hissing steam vents.
Continue north to visit one of the state's most spectacular waterfalls:

From there, hop on CA-299 west, following winding mountain roads
to the coastline. After so much remote wilderness, the town of Eureka
is a lively switch. Start your visit along the waterfront, where a pretty
esplanade provides views of Humboldt Bay. In adjacent Old Town, head

Burney Falls in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. Walk down

to the Eureka Visitors Center, where you can sample local wines, beers,

a short path to see the 129-foot-tall cascade, which Teddy Roosevelt

and oysters, and get tips on nearby attractions. Eureka is also the

dubbed "the eighth wonder of the world."

southern gateway to Redwood National & State Historic Parks.

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