Although magnificent Mount Shasta is the prominent landmark of the Shasta Cascade region and is visible from almost anywhere in the area, one of the first views drivers will notice as they are coming up I-5 is the awe-inspiring granite towers of Castle Crags State Park. Fishermen from around the world are attracted to the area by the world-class wild trout fishing along the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers.
From the splashing of Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir to the dramatic descent of the Upper McCloud Falls, waterfalls are attractions that soothe the soul. For the train enthusiast, Dunsmuir offers a self guided railroad photography tour, while the Railroad Park Resort offers a unique experience to sleep in a caboose and eat on a train. In McCloud, step back in time and give your sweet tooth a whirl at the Sugar Pine Candy Store in the McCloud River Mercantile.
Visitors who come to experience the wonder of spectacular Mount Shasta will find exceptional access to the mountain year round via the Everitt Memorial Highway. On the southern slopes of Mount Shasta off Hwy. 89 is Mt. Shasta Ski Park, offering outstanding downhill skiing and boarding.
The spectacular Volcanic Legacy All-American Road takes visitors through the lower Klamath and Tulelake National Wildlife Refuges, and the Lava Beds National Monument. The Wildlife Refuges offer excellent year-round birding, while Lava Beds National Monument is a great place to explore the beauty of a volcanic landscape, with both developed and undeveloped lava tubes open for exploration. The monument is also the site of the last Indian battle in California, Captain Jack’s Stronghold. Nearby, Medicine Lake Highlands offers visitors a unique view of pumice deposits, mountains of volcanic glass, and beautiful Medicine Lake.