Welcome to the Shasta Cascade
An area of rushing rivers, snowy mountain peaks and vast forests, the Shasta Cascade region draws visitors in for its natural wonders and historical attractions alike. More sparsely populated than most other parts of the state, Shasta Cascade is appealing mainly because of the opportunities for solitude, from state and national parks to recreation areas and national forests. Outdoor activities abound, from hiking, camping and horseback riding to fishing, boating and whitewater rafting.
But there’s ways to enjoy city life and the company of others here too, from visitor-friendly cities like Redding and Chico to group activities like sightseeing and wine-tasting tours. Shasta Cascade’s craft breweries, as well as the Tehama Trail — a collection of farms, vineyards and agricultural areas linked together — provide plenty of opportunities for foodies and beer and wine aficionados to experience all that the temperate California climate has to offer. And from Whiskeytown to Oroville, Gold Rush history comes alive with museums, architectural gems and colorful festivals.
Together, these different aspects show that the region is friendly to everyone from solo travelers to families to groups of friends looking for a good time. Best of all, it’s less-traveled than areas like the Central Coast or any of the major California cities — so chances are you won’t be running into too many crowds during your stay here.
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Shasta’s tall, evenly shaped peak is unmistakable, and the area around — from the mountain itself to the reservoir of the same name nearby — is flush with wildflower meadows, fly fishing spots and plenty of opportunities for recreational water sports. Shasta Lake is the state’s largest reservoir and can be explored by renting a houseboat, and Shasta Dam warrants its own visit for engineering enthusiasts.
Lassen National Park
One of California’s nine national parks, Lassen Volcanic is a primordial land of bubbling hot springs, hissing geysers and verdant forests. Colorful rock formations and photogenic mountain peaks make this a particularly a beautiful area, and visitors can find plenty of campgrounds, hiking and mountain biking trails and grand vistas.
Though not one of California’s better-known cities, Redding is a good base from which to explore the Shasta Cascade region, and has some attractions of its own to draw in visitors. The Sundial Bridge, whose futuristic design spans the Sacramento River, is the largest sundial in the world, and gives people the chance to explore architecture in ways they may not be able to anywhere else.