Northern California Shasta Cascade Region National Park Itinerary – Redwoods, Caves & Volcanoes
The Shasta Cascade in conjunction with California's North Coast and the State of Oregon has developed a ten-day itinerary leaving out of San Francisco and highlighting several of the west's most popular National Parks, four more of the National Park system's "secret gems", as well as the newly designated Volcanic Legacy All American Road. The All American Road designation is given to just the most special highway routes in America, with only 22 in existence. They include such known scenic routes as the Blue Ridge Parkway and California's Hwy. 1. The Volcanic Legacy All American Road connects Crater Lake National Park to Lassen Volcanic National Park and includes some of the most dramatic volcanic landscapes in America. Besides the All American route, it includes such smaller National Park attractions as Oregon Caves National Monument and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Along the route you will see Mt. Shasta, California's tallest volcano at over 14,000 feet.
One of California's Newest Icons - Sundial Bridge
Located on the Sacramento River in Redding, the Sundial Bridge is one of California's newest icons. Redding commissioned world famous Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava (architect, Athens Olympic Stadium) to design a pedestrian bridge over the Sacramento River, linking the Turtle Bay Exploration Park's museum to its McConnell Arboretum and Gardens which features Mediterranean and medicinal gardens, and a Pacific Rim and Butterfly garden Arboretum and Redding's extensive Sacramento River National Recreation Trail. One of Calatrava's design requirements was to not impact the spawning grounds for the winter run of the river's Chinook salmon. The 710-foot-long bridge spans the river without placing footings in the water. Its walking surface is translucent glass, so as not to cast a dark shadow on the spawning gravels below the bridge. Calatrava achieved this goal by designing the bridge with an inclined 21 story tall pylon built on the north bank of the river that supports the entire river span. Because of the exact north-south orientation of the bridge, the pylon is in effect the upright element of a sundial (the worlds tallest).
Lake Shasta Caverns – One of the Greatest Natural Treasures in Northern California.
A visit to Lake Shasta Caverns is far more than just an exciting exploration of nature's underground magic, thousands of years in the making. The caverns are recognized around the world for their distinguished beauty – Stalactites, Stalagmites, Soda Straws, Helictites, Flowstones, Draperies, and some more unusual formations such as Tiger Tooth Crystals, Cave Coral, Cave Lace and Pallets. The guided one hour tour inside the caverns includes a cruise across majestic Shasta Lake, and a scenic bus ride which takes you to the caverns entrance 800 feet above the lake. The caverns offers a Kids Zone and dinner cruises on Shasta Lake.
Whiskeytown Lake- The Jewel of the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown Lake, with its mountainous back country surrounding a scenic tree lined lake, offers many activities such as hiking and boating, as well as the opportunity to reflect on the areas historical remains of the California Gold Rush of 1849. Whiskeytown Lake, provides 36 miles of shoreline and 3200 surface acres of water, and is excellent for most water-related activities, including swimming, scuba diving, water skiing, boating and fishing. The most prominent landmark within the Recreation Area is Shasta Bally (elevation 6,209 feet). Picnicking, hiking to spectacular waterfalls falls, and free kayak tours are also popular within the Whiskeytown Unit.
Majestic Mt. Shasta - "Where Heaven and Earth Meet"
The City of Mt. Shasta is nestled at the foot of majestic Mount Shasta, 14,162 feet high and is the second largest volcano in the United States. Mt. Shasta is surrounded by natural beauty, pristine glacial waters, natural mineral springs, pure mountain air and unsurpassed scenery. There are numerous recreational activities such as fishing, golfing, rafting, mountaineering, camping, hiking and backpacking. Nearby attractions include Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery – beginning in 1888, it's the oldest operating hatchery west of the Mississippi, Sisson Museum which is located on the towns west side, highlights the history of the town, local Native Americans, the geology of Mt. Shasta and its glaciers, as well as the history of climbing the mountain. A scenic drive on Everett Memorial Hwy. offers a closer look at the mountain, which has been considered by some to be one of the Seven Sacred Mountains of the world.