North Coast / Mount Shasta
REDDING, SHASTA, RED BLUFF
The moment you pass the northern tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, you set foot, in a wilder, more rugged California. The North Coast is home to hillside highways of breathtaking beauty and hidden coves that flare into beaches. The village of Mendocino, clinging to a rocky promontory, offers sophisticated rusticity in shopping and dining, while the Lost Coast is a preserve for robust adventurers. Within a 50 mile-wide strip stretching the entire length of the California coast past Eureka to the Oregon border, a living symbol of California, the Coast Redwood, flourishes in quiet glens and in welcoming state parks. The snow-streaked volcanic peak of Mount Shasta rises abruptly, almost theatrically, near Interstate 5. Topping 14,000 feet, Shasta is a favored destination for climbers.
Directions: Go north from the Golden Gate Bridge up California 1 for panoramic coast views. Highway 101 is a faster route north to the redwoods. Mount Shasta is just east of I-5, several hours from The City.