Unmasking the Small Town Charm of Lake Shasta and Sundial Bridge in Northern California

“Give me a word for the boundary between the world you went to see and the small one you call your own. I want a word for the moment you know you’re almost home.- n.m.h. (via anoraborealis)

Sometimes it’s hard to put into words the exact feeling a place ignites in me. I’ve always been in love with small towns and how different it is from living in a city where traffic is part of everyday life. The moment I found myself in Shasta-Trinity National Forest I was captivated with its quiet charm. There is so much to explore and since I only had the day to spare I tried my best to make the most out of it. I visited Lake Shasta and Shasta Dam. Pictures provided below.

Lake Shasta is a reservoir and also California’s largest man-made lake.
Shasta Dam 

The best thing about visiting the Shasta Dam/Reservoir are free tours. The times may have changed so please call the visitor center before heading to the area.

There are different trails in the area but I was only able to explore Fishermans Point trail.

The Fishermans Point Trail provides access to fishing in Shasta Lake with great views along the way.
Tired? There’s a bench to sit on to catch your breath or simply admire the view.
I think the term for this is “surf fishing” which is something I definitely want to try in the future.

My next stop was the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay Exploration Park located in Redding, California. This is the world’s largest working sundial designed by Santiago Calatrava. It only takes a few minutes to cross the bridge unless you plan to use the trails for hiking, running, walking, and cycling.

Sundial Bridge
View of Sacramento River from Sundial Bridge

View of the Sundial Bridge at night

Tips for this trip:
1. There are no parking or entrance fees for both places mentioned here.
2. Bring water and food.
3. Bring your fishing gear to Shasta Lake.
4. Make sure you have a full tank of gas when exploring these areas.
5. Always bring a camera.

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43 Comments Add yours

    1. Bel says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  1. kewtiebird says:

    We stoped at the dam on a road trip back in 2012 and, strangely, there was a turkey hen hanging out on a low wall near the visitorโ€™s center. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Bel says:

      That is strange! Iโ€™m sure it was a great road trip for you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Beautiful scenery and photos!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! It was really a beautiful place ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Bumba says:

    When I visited the lake was lower. But itโ€™s beautiful up there. Redding ainโ€™t a bad town to stay in. And those mountains run north south for a few hundred miles. Thanks for reminding me to get up there again.

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    1. Bel says:

      Definitely a lovely town to stay in! I love the drive all the way to Oregon. It was scenic and unforgettable. Itโ€™s worth another visit for sure ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Bumba says:

        Thatโ€™s exactly what Iโ€™d like to do too. Larsen and then further north. Crater Lake has to be on the list too. Cheers and bon voyage!

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      2. Bel says:

        Yeah I loved that drive and I was glad I got to experience it. Crater Lake was amazing! Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll love it as much as I did. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      3. Bel says:

        Crater Lake is gorgeous. Just be wary of the bugs – theyโ€™re huge! Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll love the drive as much as I did when I went there. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      4. Bumba says:

        Thanks. Hope to get there soon.

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      5. Bel says:

        Iโ€™m sure you will ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. I enjoy visiting small towns. They are like hidden gems just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, thereโ€™s a certain charm about it that draws me in every single time ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Bob Taylor says:

    What a beautiful place to spend the day! I love going into nature and exploring. Do you think youโ€™ll go back and explore some more?

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, I probably will. Thereโ€™s a lot to explore in the area ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. tsepotheview says:

    Nice pics…have a nice day!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. Br. Jonas says:

    I lived in Redding in 2007-2010. Those pictures brought back memories. I appreciate that you discovered the charm of the north state. Hopefully, you’ll explore Whiskeytown Lake and Lassen Peak next time.

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    1. Bel says:

      Lassen Peak has an area that is closed for the entire year – but I will definitely be back when itโ€™s fully opened. I wanted to go to Whiskeytown but there was an entrance fee and I was on a tight budget. Hopefully, I get to visit next time. Thanks so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  8. I visited Mt. Shasta 30 years ago, but barely remember anything except how the mountain stood out.

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    1. Bel says:

      Itโ€™s a great area and I barely scratched the surface. Time is always an issue ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. It sounds like you had a nice sampling! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Bel says:

        I try my best ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. For me, that boundary is the LA county line. I count my vacation as officially over when I cross it.

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    1. Bel says:

      True! Itโ€™s definitely back to the grind for us…๐Ÿ˜•

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  10. Great post! The scenery is beautiful. The west coast is on my bucket list. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    1. Bel says:

      There is camping in the area too! You would totally love it ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  11. Steeny Lou says:

    I will be pondering this to come up with a word. For now, I would say “relief”. I feel tense in the city, but the tension diminishes incrementally the further I get from it, building into joy as I near home.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, I get exactly what you are saying. I am so stressed in the city but at peace when I am in the mountains ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

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  12. Steve says:

    Bridges and benches are a great combination – bridges to connect and collect and benches to reflect. Nice shots!

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    1. Bel says:

      Oh wow! I never even thought about it that way. Thanks for the insight ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

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      1. Steve says:

        Thanks for the inspiration!

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      2. Bel says:

        Youโ€™re welcome. Thank you as well ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  13. buddy71 says:

    love the night shot of the bridge

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks! I love the lights ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. buddy71 says:

        ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. What a mountain range! How much fun did you have?

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    1. Bel says:

      Way too much ๐Ÿ˜Š Iโ€™m missing it already โค๏ธ

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