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Beautiful Mt. Shasta dominates the landscape of the region


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Eureka - Shasta Region

Leave the crowds behind to explore the north coast of California, a region of old redwood forests, pristine streams, boulder-strewn beaches, tiny lumber mill towns. Inland, Shasta Lake and the surrounding Trinity National Forest becomes a summer destination for families who love to hike and houseboat.
Find more local information in the Top Destinations section under Shasta Lake Area or Redwood Highway.

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When you realize that 80% of this vast north coast region is either National Forest or National Recreation Area, the attraction for visitors is clear - wilderness, pristine rivers, empty roads, redwoods and a gorgeous rocky coast. The most organized recreational center surrounds Shasta Lake near Redding where there are houseboats and fishing boats for rent, numerous cabins and campgrounds, lodgings and restaurants. Over two million people pass through in the summer so plan ahead.  
If you prefer the backcountry, this is the starting point of the Pacific Crest Trail in the Klamath National Forest. River rafting on the Trinity, Salmon and Klamath rivers is very popular and there are many outfitters. Many people travel to this region just to stay in Ferndale - a historic landmark due to the number of well-preserved Victorian homes and storefronts in town. Of the three coastal cities in this region, Eureka, Arcata and Crescent City (near the Oregon border), Arcata has the most small-town interest for visitors. They are all good starting points for exploring the many rivers and trails in the nearby National Forests.


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Walk among the giant coast redwoods in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park between Eureka and Crescent City

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