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Daily Deal: Drive-time made easy with California recreation map

Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Plan a camping or road trip to California's northern border with a new recreation map that makes it all so easy. The recently updated Northern California Recreation Map includes routes and facilities at national forests, parks and other public lands from Lake Tahoe in California to Crater Lake National Park in Oregon — and it's free for the asking.

The deal: The beauty of this map is that it lists facilities for more than 200 campgrounds, parks, marinas, trails, refuges and recreation areas that span eight public land areas. Each entry provides a list of campground and picnic areas with phone number, fees, amenities and other information.

The map also includes an inset for the classic 500-mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, which, from south to north, travels from Lassen Volcanic National Park to Crater Lake. Along the way, you'll see Mount Shasta at more than 14,000 feet, Lava Beds National Monument and Klamath Falls, Ore.   

When: The map is available while they last.

Details: I like this map because you don't have to go from agency to agency (California State Parks, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, etc.) to get the information you need to plan a visit. It's all color and produced by the tourism agency Shasta Cascade Wonderland Assn. and other federal and regional agencies.

Info: Travelers can pick up a copy at visitor centers in the Shasta Cascade area, call (530) 365-7500 or write to SCWA, 1699 Highway 273, Anderson, CA 96007.
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