Red Bluff/Tehama County
In Red Bluff visit the William B. Idle Adobe State Historic Park-named after the first and only president of the California Republic-where you can see an 1846 pioneer adobe. View historical photographs and Native American artifacts as the Kelly-Griggs House Museum, a restored Victorian mansion. A cluster of antiques shops attract collectors of all kinds.
Relax in Redding's Caldwell City Park, or tour the Redding Museum of Art and History, with its Wintu Indian artifacts. Also visit the Carter House Natural Science Museum. Shop for yesterday's treasures at the antiques shops in Cottonwood. Or, stop at the Shasta Factory Outlets mall in Anderson.
In the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown Lake is popular for sailing, waterskiing, and fishing. Rainbow and brook trout beckon at nearby Lewiston Lake. Stop at Shasta State Historic Park to see the remains of Gold Rush-era Shasta City, which include a courthouse museum, jail, and old-time general store.
Shasta Lake, with its sprawling, serpentine shoreline, is a hot spot for house boating, with the largest rental fleet in California. A tour of Lake Shasta Caverns includes a boat trip across the lake, Shasta Dam has a spillway with a drop three times higher than Niagara Falls. A vista point affords a spectacular view of the dam, the lake, and snowcapped Mt. Shasta in the distance.
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park features a 129-foot-high waterfall that transports you to a tropical island. Enjoy boating, fishing, and swimming at Lake Britton below the falls. Head east to Big Lake and boat to secluded Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park to view lava fields, marshlands, and plentiful wildlife. See Native American artifacts and pioneer memorabilia at Fall River Mills' Fort Crook Museum.
Weaverville/Trinity County.Admire Weaverville's historic sites, and catch insights into pioneer life at the Jake Jackson Museum. Houseboat, fish, and camp at Trinity Lake. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. Ranchers and city slickers alike will be intrigued by the impressive barbed-wire collection in the Scott Museum in Trinity Center.
Alturas contains the Modoc County Historical Museum and a turn-of-the-century jailhouse. Lakes and campsites can be found in the surrounding countryside. Drive through the sagebrush-covered hills of Modoc National Wildlife Refuge to spot waterfowl, pronghorn antelope, and deer. Watch for bighorn sheep, mule deer, and antelope in the South Warner Wilderness.
Mt. Shasta Area/Siskiyou County.
Marvel at the castle like natural stone turrets of Castle Crags State Park. In Dunsmuir, you can enjoy railroad memorabilia and a stroll through this mountain community. Majestic Mt. Shasta provides great downhill and cross-country skiing in winter and hiking in summer. At its base lies the quaint city of Mt. Shasta, with lodging and dining. Lake Siskiyou offers camping, fishing, boating, and wind surfing. Rustic McCloud has antiques shops and boutiques.
Farther north, take a walking tour of preserved Victorian homes in Yreka's historic district, which is on the National Register. The Siskiyou County Courthouse in Yreka features a dazzling display of huge gold nuggets. See a miner's cabin and logging memorabilia at the Siskiyou County Museum.
To the west, the Klamath River teems with salmon-and anglers. Drive through pastoral Scott Valley, an agricultural center sheltered by the Trinity Alps and the Marble Mountains.
In the county's eastern side, explore desert plateaus, deep craters, and caves at Lava Beds National Monument. For views of migrating birds that will make your spirits soar, head to the Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge, north of the Lava Beds, and to the nearby Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge. At both refuges, you can view millions of water-fowl in their winter homes, including swans and snow geese. The Klamath Refuge shelters hundreds of bald eagles. Tule Lake also offerShasta/Cascade/Trinitys fine canoeing in the summer.
Stop by Susanville's Lassen Historical Museum. Near by Eagle Lake is California's second-largest natural lake, a popular place for fishing and boating. The Ash Creek Wildlife Area affords spectacular views of Lassen National Volcanic Park and Mount Shasta. Hike to the top of 10,457-foot Lassen Peak for a top-of-the-world view. Marvel at the bubbling geothermal mud pots and fumaroles in Lassen Park.