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Welcome To UpState CA

In UpState California lies one of the best kept secrets - the Shasta Cascade region!  From glistening lakes and world-class rivers to scenic drives and back-country roads, the Shasta Cascade provides something for everyone to discover and enjoy. Covering 20% of California, this area offers great recreation, adventure or pure relaxation - the perfect escape from the fast pace of city life. Come and savor the uncrowded, unspoiled wide open spaces where you'll have the chance to explore, reflect, refresh and bond. 

Start planning your vacation now by exploring the website, calling 1-800-474-2782 or download our virtual Visitor Guide.

Top Sights

From breathtaking attractions to world-class lodging and dining, these are some of the best places to go in the Shasta Cascade.


Whether your looking for a day trip or a weekend getaway, we've got some amazing itineraries that will make planning your UpState CA vacation a snap!

National and State Parks

Explore UpState California’s uncrowded national and state parks including Shasta State Historic Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Castle Crags State Park, Lava Beds National Monument and Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark.

Hiking and Biking Trails

If you want to go for a nice walk (or run, or ride), UpState CA has a trail for you…hundreds of miles of them in fact! Enjoy river views, rolling foothills, and gorgeous mountain vistas along the well-maintained trails, with amenities scattered along the way.


Some of the best fishing in California is located in the Shasta Cascade Region and whether it’s fly fishing for trout, seeking out the best cove for bass, or spin fishing on a mountain river, virtually anyone can enjoy casting a line.

Read the Virtual Guide

Prepare for your next trip and read the Shasta Cascade visitors guide online for free - or request to have a hardcopy mailed to you.

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway

The 500-mile Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway is one of 31 All American Roads in the USA. To purchase a 160-page interpretive guide, call the California Welcome Center in Anderson at 530-365-7500.

Christmas Tree Permits

The California Welcome Center is not selling Christmas Tree Cutting Permits this year. However, you can find information on where to purchase your tree cutting permit here.

COVID-19 Local Information Updates

Our team is thinking of you during this challenging time. We ask when visiting UpState CA please recreate responsibly and follow local COVID guidelines. We wish you well and hope you enjoy the wide open spaces and serenity in UpState CA.

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