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Day Trips to Explore While Visiting Shasta Lake

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December 1st, 2021 0 Comments

Chances are that you’ll find ample ways to have fun throughout your Shasta Lake houseboating vacation.

A getaway to scenic Shasta Lake – the largest lake in northern California – generally revolves around:

  • Miles of fishing
  • Swimming
  • Watersports
  • Explorations
  • Enjoying ample leisurely time with the lake waters lapping in the background

But if you want to extend your explorations to include a little time on land, you’ll find plenty of options to enjoy a day trip or two that’s within easy driving or docking distance from your houseboat.

So make the most out of your next vacation, and ensure these top regional attractions are on your list of places to visit before, during, or after your long and sunny days onboard your Shasta Lake houseboat.

1. Mount Shasta

You’ll see Mount Shasta miles before you arrive, as you can view this towering mountain up to 150 miles away on a clear and sunny day.

Snowcapped throughout the year (even in the summertime), Mount Shasta is a popular spot for winter sports.

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Hiking, with trails that can accommodate all skill levels

2. Burney Falls

Roughly 100 million gallons of water flow down the 129-foot Burney Falls every year, which is one of the many reasons why this natural attraction is considered the most stunning waterfall in the state.

Follow a one-mile path to the heart of the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park for an overlook of this enthralling attraction that will take your breath away.

3. Shasta Dam

Walk along the edge of a working dam for an incredible view and a thrilling experience that you cannot find anywhere else in northern California.

Free dam tours are launched all day long in the summertime via the main Shasta Dam Visitor Center. The hour-long exploration includes some of the best photo ops you’ll find of the dam all vacation long.

4. Turtle Bay Exploration Park

This crowd-pleasing destination in the town of Redding has a little something for explorers and nature lovers of all ages!

Explore 300 acres of terrain that borders the Sacramento River while enjoying a myriad of outdoor activities, courtesy of:

  • An on-site arboretum and botanical gardens
  • Children’s Museum
  • An aquarium
  • Butterfly gardens
  • An aviary
  • Swaths of redwood forest

5. Lake Shasta Caverns

Situated near the McCloud arm of Shasta Lake, the Lake Shasta Caverns comprise a network of underground caves. These caves have been buried just beneath the surface for more than 200 million years.

A two-hour tour will take you deep into the depths of the fascinating caves. These caves have incredible views and natural formations along the way.

Just be prepared for a bit of a hike. There are more than 600 stairs within the caverns, so this day trip is an active adventure.

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It’s not unusual for Shasta Lake vacationers to spend days or even weeks on the water and barely scratch the surface! Lake Shasta is an expansive and naturally enthralling region.

So write down an agenda of the essentials, plan a couple of off-the-boat day trips. Then, be sure and reserve a vacation next year to cross more “must-see” attractions off your list!

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