The surrounding counties of at the feet of Mt. Shasta represent some the most scenic countryside of Northern California. Whether you are in the fields of the olive and almond farms or hiking through the brooks and and foothills of Mt. Shasta, this is California like you’ve never seen it!
The Shasta Caverns – A unique visit starts with a boat ride across Shasta Lake, a scenic bus ride to the cavern entrance, and a one hour guided tour through the caverns; Lake Shasta Caverns is “Three Adventures in One!” Your adventure begins with a boat ride across the beautiful waters of Shasta Lake on a 65 foot catamaran. You may even catch a glimpse of a Great American Bald Eagle on your journey! Then take a scenic bus ride where you may spot a Bald Eagle, Osprey, Falcon, Mountain Lion, Bobcat, Black Bear, or Black-Tailed Deer. Enjoy the variety of foliage including the native Manzanita, Red Bud, and other examples of exclusive Northern California wildlife. As you turn each corner, a different surprise awaits you in the form of beautiful calcite crystal formations! lakeshastacaverns.com
Stop by the California Welcome Center located at the Shasta Premium Outlets in Andersen, operated by the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association. Stop in and discover all the recreational wonders of Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity counties, the eight eastern counties in northern California that together comprise the Shasta Cascade Region. Get your free maps, brochures and sightseeing information for National and State Parks including Lassen Volcanic National Park, McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Lava Beds National Monument, Castle Crags State Park, and Whiskeytown National Recreational Area just to name a few. Browse great historic and informational exhibits, including our geocaching display, view wild trout in our waterfall pond, take your photo with Joe Tourist, their friendly mascot, or Ed their life-size bronze grizzly bear. visitcalifornia.com
Insider Tip 1: The Olive Pit, Corning – Free Olive Tasting! Did you know that Corning, is the “olive capital of the world”? Visit the The Olive Pit for an incredible selection of delicious olives, almonds, candy, dried fruit and an outstanding selection of olive oil and gift baskets. Try the snack bar for lunch with a casual menu. olivepit.com
Insider Tip 2: Tehama County Museum, Tehama – Free admission. The Tehama County Museum preserves and exhibits artifacts that represent the cultural heritage of Tehama County. Exhibits include early agriculture, Native American Indians - Yana and Nomlaki, and early transportation. It is open year-round on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm. calif-tech.com/tcmuseum
Insider Tip 3: Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a sprawling 300-acre campus filled with educational and entertaining activities all focused on the interpretation of the relationship between humans and nature. Spanning the Sacramento River and linked by the Sundial Bridge, the Park tells the story of the region and its people. Features include: McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay Turtle Bay Museum, Visible River Aquarium, and the River Lab. turtlebay.org