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.
From Redding, drive east on California 44 and then California 59 south to Lassen Volcanic National Park. To continue on the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, travel north on California 89 to Mount Shasta, 166 miles.
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.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times