Friday 15th December 2017

Lassen Volcanic National Park

California is huge, and to get an idea just how huge it is consider this if it was an independent country then it would have been the eighth largest economy of the world. If this is your first visit of the state then of course the first attraction will be the city in which you land in, the Los Angeles. But there are far more opportunities for enjoying a memorable vacation in the state if you can venture outside its big metropolises of Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. And some of them are not as well known as the Disney Land and others in the cities. Take Lassen Volcanic National Park for example, most visitors to the state miss out on this gorgeous park with a stunning contrast of Landscapes.

In the middle of the park you will find the most barren and treeless terrain that stretch for more than 106,000 acres, while just outside it you will find the cool and dense forest that surrounds the whole park. The park has two entrances one in the south west while the other in the north east close to the city of Redding. If you are flying from outside the state then the best option will be to take a cheap flight to Los Angeles and make the rest of the journey through the local transport service running on Highway 89.

As soon as you will make an entrance you will be stunned by the sharp contrast of its terrain, it’s like moving into another planet. The experience is best when you enter it through its south western gate as it has the densest forest surrounding it but it suddenly opens into the driest terrain that you have ever seen.

Other than the contrast of the terrain of the park has its own natural beauty take a look at the steamy mud pots and hot springs in the park that provide a fascinating experience along with the lava flows and the crater lakes in the area. The volcano resting in the park is considered still active and the last eruption was recorded in 1915 and the following year the area was made a national park to preserve the awesome landscape that was created as a result of this volcano eruption.

This area was used by the Native Americans as the resting ground in the summer and you will find quite a few of them still residing in the area. The park authorities do arrange a tour in which the culture and history of these native people is explained to the visitor but you can always approach them your self as they are friendly and love to tell their tales.

If you are planning to stay in the area for a couple of days and explore it in more details then the closest major town will be that of Redding. Once considered nothing more than a ghetto, the city is thriving these years and has become one of the fastest growing towns in the country. You can easily find a hotel in Redding that suits your taste and budget. The town is about 50 miles south of the park and a regular bus service runs between the two.