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7 Must-See Day Trips Around Shasta Lake  

7 Must-See Day Trips Around Shasta Lake  

If you plan on stopping at Shasta Lake in northern California for a few days while traveling or have an extended stay scheduled, and you’re looking for places to visit while there, look no further than our list of the top seven must-see spots near Shasta Lake. These fun and relaxing day trips can add excitement with stunning scenery providing memorable stops during your travels.  

The Lodge at Bridge Bay Marina is a wonderful stopping point for travelers because it is centrally located to the following areas of interest in the surrounding region. 

1. Sundial Bridge 

Sundial Bridge is one of the largest, world-famous pedestrian bridges on the globe. The coolest part about it? It is a working sundial, hence its name! Weighing in at 3.2 million pounds and extending 700 feet long, this bridge is an absolute must-see on your travel list. Plus, from the bridge, you can explore Turtle Bay, gardens, a museum, and more!  

Distance from Bridge Bay: ~15 minutes  

2. Lassen Volcanic National Park 

Next on our list is the Lassen Volcanic National Park, which is known as California’s version of Yellowstone. There are varying hiking trails and paths to explore based on your desired activity level and length of visit here.  

Distance from Bridge Bay: ~1 hour 

3. Shasta State Historical Park 

Feeling more like a state park is up your alley? Well, you’re in luck! Shasta Lake has a state park, too. Check to see if the park is open before you put this one on your list, as California weather can impact the park’s opening hours.  

Distance from Bridge Bay: ~25 minutes 

4. The Waterfall Trail 

Lakes and trails are great, but waterfalls are where it’s at, and there is no shortage of them near Shasta Lake. If you’re trekking out to Shasta Lake, you might as well add this legendary loop to your adventure plans. In fact, if you take this loop, you will hit a few spots on this list altogether, that’s how long it extends!  

Distance from Bridge Bay: ~45 minutes to an hour 

5. Castle Crags State Park 

Another state park that offers fishing, hiking, camping, and outdoor activities is Castle Crags State Park. This park has sparked many myths and legends due to its majestic nature. Guess you’ll just have to go see it for yourself!  

Distance from Bridge Bay: ~45 minutes to an hour 

6. California State Railroad Museum 

The California State Railroad Museum is a great family-friendly stop, especially for those groups with younger kids. It’s also a great spot for rainy days or if you’re in need of a break from the outdoor heat and sun. If you go during the holiday season, there are special events the entire family can enjoy!  

Distance from Bridge Bay: ~2 hours 30 minutes 

7. The French Laundry 

We saved the best for last. The French Laundry is a unique dining experience with fixed prices, good food, and even better company. What’s a day, or road trip, without a quality meal? Plan to stop here for dinner, and make reservations in advance if you can!  

Distance from Bridge Bay: ~3 hours 

Book your stay at Bridge Bay Marina and enjoy these special spots within miles of its location. Lodging, sightseeing, and more – what could make for a better vacation? Call us to find out