Based on Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards (27.5 mpg) and using AAA's survey-based average price of $3.90 a gallon for gas last week in California, this trip will cost you about $78 to drive the 545 miles from Los Angeles to Redding.
WHERE TO STAY
Bridgehouse Bed & Breakfast, 1455 Riverside Drive, Redding; (530) 247-7177, http://www.reddingbridgehouse.com. A more modern take on B&Bs with flat-screen TVs and no doilies. Rooms start at $119, including breakfast.
McCloud River Mercantile Hotel, 241 Main St., McCloud; (530) 964-2330, http://www.mccloudmercantile.com. Period antiques fit for railroad barons in a historic building. Rooms from $129.
Mount Shasta Resort, 1000 Siskiyou Lake Blvd., Mount Shasta; (530) 926-3030, http://www.mtshastaresort.com. Woodsy yet luxe accommodations offer privacy, with decks facing the lake or forest, indoor fireplaces and full kitchens. Chalets start at $199 in high season.
WHERE TO EAT
Lily's, 1013 S. Mount Shasta Blvd., Mount Shasta; (530) 926-3372, http://www.lilysrestaurant.com. California-inspired meals, traditional salads and sandwiches are served on the garden patio. Entrees begin at $10.
Vivify, 531 Chestnut St., Mount Shasta; (530) 926-1345, http://www.vivifyshasta.com. Organic Japanese food served in artsy surroundings. Entrees begin at $7.
White Mountain Fountain, 241 Main St., McCloud; (530) 964-2330, http://www.mccloudmercantile.com. Diner-style meals ideal for families. Salads and sandwiches from $7.95.
TO LEARN MORE
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, http://www.byways.org/explore/byways/2587.
Shasta Cascade Wonderland Assn., 1699 Highway 273, Anderson; (800) 474-2782, http://www.shastacascade.com.