The Civilized Life and Rivers Wild on a Westward Run from Redding to Arcata

Trip Time: 4 to 5 days

Salmon Coming Home to SpawnIn Redding, visit the new sculpture park at City Hall, showcasing artists around the world. Bike the Sacramento River Trail before summer’s heat descends. Stand above the river on the Sundial Bridge, the arching master work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. 


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Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge

Boulder Falls hike webIf you would like to get some healthy exercise and have a wonderful adventure, consider taking the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge. Visitors who complete the challenge will receive a free "I Walked the Falls" bandana (while supplies last).

Whiskeytown has four major waterfalls that you can visit all year. The best time to visit the waterfalls is in the spring when the creeks are bursting with the runoff from melting snow. During the summer months a hike to a waterfall provides a cool break from the heat of the valley.


Shasta Cascade Summer Wildlife Viewing

The Shasta Cascade region is rich with wildlife in the summer; in contrast to other viewing areas further south in California’s Central Valley.

Modoc National Wildlife Refuge has waterfowl including mallard, cinnamon teal, pintail, shoveler, gadwall, redhead, wigeon, ruddy ducks and black-necked stilt. Manzanita Lake in Lassen National Park is another great waterfowl viewing spot in summer.


Plan to be Kool!

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your web browsers. Wake up and smell the exhaust fumes! Hear the roar of the hot engines. Gawk at the custom paint. Taste the old-fashioned burgers at that 50's joint out on Highway 273….all at the annual Kool April Nites!

kool april nitesGreat cars, great music, great food...bobby sox and ponytails. At every Kool April Nites week long event you'll find:

• Miles of Classic Cars
• Show and Shines
• Trophies
• Food
• Music
• Dances
• and more fun than two teens in a rumble seat at the drive-in.

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Year-Round Birding

Modoc Bald EagleFed by snowmelt from the Warner Mountains, the Pit River creates a 7,000 acre oasis for wildlife in the high desert of northeastern California -- Modoc National Wildlife Refuge. The 7,021-acre Modoc Refuge is located along the South Fork of the Pit River in Modoc County, southeast of the town of Alturas, in extreme northeastern California. The Refuge is located on the western edge of the Great Basin, a high elevation, cold desert environment. The Refuge consists of wetland, reservoir, riparian, sagebrush-steppe, and cropland habitats.


Lose Yourself in a Lava Tube

Lava Beds

Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you!