Where the Sierra Nevada Range ends and the Cascade Range begins, two colossal glaciated volcanoes are visible for hundreds of miles. Dormant 14,162-foot Mount Shasta and still active 10,457-foot Lassen Peak loom like misty ice gods above the forested recreation lands of northernmost California. Families who crave recreation in the great outdoors, high-country scenery, and sightseeing in historic towns can spend a lifetime of vacations
in the Shasta Cascade area. Roughly the size of Ohio, the region contains seven national forests, eight national and state parks, five mighty rivers, and hundreds of lakes. Fishing is legendary on the McCloud, Sacramento, Klamath, Salmon, and Scott Rivers. Lush woodlands along the riverbanks are precious ribbons of wilderness that shelter birds, waterfowl, and other wildlife in great numbers. One of the largest recreational lakes in the country, Lake Shasta is encircled by 370 miles of wooded shoreline that spreads out into four main arms fed by three rivers and a creek. House-boating is one of the most popular ways for families to vacation on the lake. On the fringes of the wild, dark forests of the Trinity Alps are sprinkled a handful of tiny towns favored by antiques hunters and trout fishers. The forty-niners, pioneers, and Chinese immigrants in the area left a rich cultural heritage that can be seen in the charming old buildings and museums of Weaverville. A unique geophysical crossroads, mountainous Lassen Volcanic National Park boils and bubbles with mudpots and sulfury hot springs. On the slopes of both Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta are developed areas for downhill and Nordic skiing, as well as snow play. Anchoring Highway 5, the main route to the Northwest, the city of Redding is the jumping-off point for adventures in the Shasta Cascade. A wide variety of motels, restaurants, recreation opportunities, and fishing outfitters, plus easy access to the Sacramento River, make this an important stop. The above description is an excerpt from "Fun With the Family in Northern California." Whether you're a first-time visitor or a long-time local resident, this chapter from the Fun With the Family Series will help you find fun and engaging activities that the entire family can enjoy at great destinations throughout the state, suitable for “kids” of all ages. This chapter includes Mount Shasta City, Lake Shasta, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Redding, and Weaverville/Trinity.
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Fun With the Family Northern California Guide Book