Road trips from SoCal: Sierra Nevada
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( Russell Virgilio / National Park Service )
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Distance: 578 miles one-way
Lassen Peak, which last erupted in 1915, is the largest of more than 30 volcanic domes in the park, which is about 165 miles north of Sacramento. Hissing fumaroles (steam vents) and boiling mud pots from those volcanoes continue to shape the park's landscape. Though the climate is unpredictable, summer, with its warm, dry weather, may be the best time for a visit.
-- Kelsey Ramos