The Shasta Cascades region of California includes the northeast corner of the state, home to volcanoes, lush forests, high mountains, and clear lakes. California is the most populous state in the US, but you wouldn't suspect it from traveling through most of this region, which is generally wild and remote.
- 1 Lassen Volcanic National Park - On May 22, 1915, an explosive eruption at Lassen Peak, the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range, devastated nearby areas and rained volcanic ash as far away as 200 miles to the east. This explosion was the most powerful in a 1914-17 series of eruptions that were the most recent to occur in the Cascades prior to the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens.
- 2 Lava Beds National Monument - Land of turmoil, both geological and historical.
- 3 Whiskeytown National Recreation Area - Park's features include: Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Bally (6,209 ft.) and numerous waterfalls, providing outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for water recreation, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
- Greyhound, ☏ , toll-free: . Greyhound travels only along Interstate 5 and CA-Hwy 99 between Portland and Sacramento via Medford, Weed, Redding, Chico, Oroville and Marysville. Major transfer points are in Sacramento, Redding and Medford.
See "By bus" under "Get around" for a list of additional bus companies serving the area.
- See also: Rail travel in the United States
- Amtrak Coast Starlight makes an once daily trip in each direction between Seattle and Los Angeles through the area with stops in Klamath Falls, Dunsmuir, Redding, Chico and Davis.
- Amtrak Thruway Bus Rt #3 Connects Redding to the San Joaquins (in Sacramento and Stockton) and the Capitol Corridor (in Sacramento only) via Red Bluff, Chico Oroville, Marysville, Davis, Sacramento, Elk Grove and Lodi.
The Redding Municipal Airport (RDD IATA) in Redding is the only major airport for general aviation with limited commercial service by Skywest Airlines dba United Express nearest to Chico, Redding, and the Siskiyous. The next nearest airports for commercial flights with additional airlines are in Medford Rogue Valley Airport (MFR IATA) located 152 mi (245 km) north of Redding, and in Sacramento International Airport (SMF IATA) located 154 mi (248 km) south of Redding. Some of which may be closer to your final destination than Redding. All are directly accessed from the I-5 corridor. From the airport most travelers rent a car and continue to their final destination.
The below are local county operated buses connecting the cities and towns across rural areas in the region as public transportation. Outside of the main cities and towns they do not necessarily run daily and are on very limited schedules so check schedules closely before using this option especially for travel across longer distances:
- Siskiyou Stage, ☏ . Connections from Weed to Dunsmuir, McCloud, Mt Shasta and Yreka in Siskiyou County.
- Sage Stage, (base address) 111 W North St; Alturas, California, ☏ . Connects Alturas to Klamath Falls, Redding, Susanville, and Reno on multiple routes. It may be a shorter way to connect to Klamath Falls and Reno from Redding. Schedules are limited so be sure of the departure and connection times before using this option.
- Susanville Indian Rancheria Public Transportation Program (SIR), ☏ . Connects Susanville to Chester, Red Bluff and Redding. Passengers connect in Susanville to Lassen (County) Rural Bus to continue to other towns in Lassen County or to another SIR or Sage Stage bus (see above) to continue towards Reno from Susanville. Schedules are limited so be sure of the departure and connection times before using this option especially if going to Reno.
- Trinity Transit. Connects Redding to Weaverville and Willow Creek (in Trinity County). If you need public transportation to these towns, this is where you go. Willow Creek is also served by Redwood Transit System, which goes all the way to Arcata in Humboldt County from Willow Creek. To go one way from Arcata to Redding (or the other way) it costs $24.35 ($4.35 from Arcata to Willow Creek, $10 from Willow Creek to Weaverville, and another $10 from Weaverville to Redding). You can ask driver to confirm the fare for each segment. Schedules are limited so be sure of the departure and connection times before using this option. Passengers transfer buses in Arcata to continue to McKinleyville, Eureka, Crescent City or anywhere along the US-Hwy 101 corridor by the coast.
- North Coast, to the west
- Sacramento Valley and the Gold Country, to the south
- Western Nevada, to the east
- Southern Oregon, to the north