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All Things Shasta: Lake, Dam, and Historic Park

Boat on Shasta Lake

Book a two-night stay in Redding and get two complimentary tickets to Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark. From historic parks to the beautiful lake, famous dam, and intriguing caves, all the best of Shasta is only 25 minutes or less from sunny Redding. Here’s your guide to Shasta’s best.

Subterranean Wonderland

Lake Shasta Caverns

Lake Shasta Caverns

Geologists have proclaimed Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark as some of the most beautiful limestone caves in the country. And the journey to reach them is all part of the adventure: take a catamaran cruise across Lake Shasta and enjoy views of the McCloud Limestone Mountain Range. The cruise is followed by a bus ride, delivering you to nearly 900 feet above the water and the entrance to the caves where you’ll go on a guided tour through a subterranean limestone landscape.

BONUS—TWO FREE TICKETS: Book a two-night stay in Redding and get two complimentary tickets to Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark. From historic parks to the beautiful lake, famous dam, and intriguing caves, all the best of Shasta is only 25 minutes or less from sunny Redding.

Two Comp Tickets to Lake Shasta Caverns

The Great Lake

Lake Shasta

Just 20 minutes from Redding, Shasta Lake is so large it can appear like a series of lakes. Its immense shoreline brings plenty of variety for whatever sparks your enthusiasm. Family friendly, pet friendly, getting engaged friendly (!) … there’s something for everyone here.

Whether you want to picnic, enjoy a sunset, or take to the waters on a rowboat, kayak, or pontoon, you can find relaxing shoreline, hidden waterfalls, secluded coves, and amenities like marinas and restaurants. And your other surroundings? Purely mountainous! This region is home to animals like antelope, elk, even bears. You can also take to some nearby hiking trails for a bird’s-eye view of the lake.

Golden Oldie

Shasta State Historic Park

Shasta State Historic Park

Located 10 minutes from Redding is an intriguing throwback to a thriving time during the California gold rush. Shasta State Historic Park features the ruins of a past time when one of the state’s most prolific mining districts was alive with all the requisites for the people who came here in search of riches and opportunity.

Explore the remnants of cottages, cemeteries, abandoned buildings, and other sites that have been restored to their heyday appearance, including the County Courthouse with historic artwork inside; the jail—filled with original items; and the Blumb Bakery, where you can see how baking back in the day was done in brick ovens.

Take a walk on one of the history trails, passing among ruins and gardens. Old oaks adorn parts of the trail and an original stagecoach in the Pioneer Barn section.

Dam Good View!

Shasta Dam and Lake Shasta

Shasta Dam

Shasta Dam is surrounded by bike trails, picnic areas, and absolutely beautiful views. The dam forms California’s biggest reservoir, and during the Second World War it was a vital source of electricity to statewide factories. While guided tours aren’t currently offered (check for updates), you can do a self-guided tour across the dam. Its history is impressive, as is the construction and architecture.

At the very least, visit for the views! Get a brilliant view of gigantic Mount Shasta set amid the impressive Klamath and Cascade mountain ranges.

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