1. Mt. Lassen: Try the 35-mile drive through the main park around sunset, when it’s less crowded - the silence is divine.
2. Whiskeytown Lake is beautiful any time of year: If you live near Redding and don’t have a lot of time, this is a nice, shorat drive, especially if you have small children who constantly ask, “Are we there yet?” Highway 299 West will get you there. Visit Brandy Creek or Oak Bottom if you enjoy relaxing on the beach, or get out and take a little hike to the recently discovered Whiskeytown Falls. You won’t be disappointed!
3. From Palo Cedro, take Highway 44 toward Shingletown to Viola, then keep going to Highway 89. Stop in Hat Creek, stretch your legs and have a picnic lunch or dinner. Get on Highway 299 West to Burney, and make the loop back to Palo Cedro.
4. Heading East from Redding, take Highway 299 E toward Burney/Alturas. Stop half way in Fall River Mills to check out some of the sights and then head on to Cedarville, which is just a few miles from the Nevada and Oregon borders.
5. From Redding, head west on Highway 299 to Highway 3, and explore Trinity Center. Then get back on Highway 3 and visit Callahan, Fort Jones and Yreka before hopping on I-5 to head back down to Redding. Approximately 5 hours of driving.
6. From Red Bluff, get on Highway 36 toward Paynes Creek and check out Mineral and Mill Creek. Find your way to Highway 32/Deer Creek Highway and head to Forest Ranch and on to Chico. From there, get on Highway 99 north toward Los Molinos and cruise back to Red Bluff. From Interstate 5 south, take the CA-162 exit toward Willows/Oroville. Get on Country Road 306 and head to Stonyford, which borders the Mendocino National Forest and some beautiful country.
7. From Interstate 5 south, take the CA-162 exit toward Willows/Oroville. Get on Country Road 306 and head to Stonyford, which borders the Mendocino National Forest and some beautiful country.
8. A drive to the coast is always fun - get on Highway 299 West until you hit Highway 101, and head to Crescent City. Cooler weather and beautiful views!
9. From Interstate 5 north, take the US-97/Central Weed/Klamath Falls exit. Stay on Highway 97 for about 50 miles, then turn right on CA-161/State Line Road for another 20 miles. Make a slight right on CA-139 to Tulelake. Stay on 139 and head to Lookout and on to Highway 299 to McArthur Road/CR-A19 to CA-89 to Dunsmuir.
10. Take I-5 south to Jellys Ferry Road. Follow Jellys Ferry over the Sacramento River and check out Jellys Ferry River Access Area. Continue on Jellys Ferry through the farmlands until it turns into Gover Road. Pass by Coleman Fish Hatchery. Gover ends at Ash Creek Road. Turn right onto Ash Creek Road and check out the massive rock walls and huge skies. Ash Creek ends at Dersch Road. Take a left onto Dersch to Millville Plains Road. Take a right onto Millville Plains Road until you reach Highway 44, and take a left to get back to town. Awesome!