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Thomas J. Story Dramatic 129-foot Burney Falls flows all year fed by underground springs in the surrounding basalt cliffs.
Where to stay, what to do in the northeastern corner of the state

For general area information, contact the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (530/365-7500).

Lodging

Drakesbad Guest Ranch. A historic lodge within Lassen Volcanic National Park, accessed via Chester, on the park's east side. Cabins and lodge rooms are rustic; many don't have electricity. Don't miss the hike to the steamy hot pots of Devils Kitchen. 19 rooms from $155 per person, meals included. End of Warner Valley Rd.; 530/529-1512.

McCloud Hotel Bed & Breakfast. Sweet historic hotel in the small town of McCloud. Woodsy rooms have Victorian-era style. 16 rooms from $120. 408 Main St., McCloud; 530/964-2822.

Dining

Pack picnic foods before you go, or check out these options.

Brown Trout Café, Gallery & Gifts. A gift and garden shop, with coffee and bagels. $; breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. 5841 Sacramento Ave., Dunsmuir; 530/235-0754.

Sengthong's Restaurant. Delicious Thai choices. $$; dinner daily. 5855 Dunsmuir Ave., Dunsmuir; 530/235-4770.

Three Beans Coffee House & Bakery. Espresso and good pastries. Closed Sun-Mon. 150 Main St., Chester; 530/258-3312.

Attractions

Dunsmuir City Park and Botanical Gardens. On Dunsmuir Ave. near Pioneer Way. Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 800/386-7684.

Lassen Volcanic National Park. A drive through the park offers stupendous views of valleys and lakes around Lassen Peak. $10 per vehicle. 530/595-4444.

Lava Beds National Monument. Caving and hiking in a little-traveled monument, formed from volcanic eruptions over thousands of years. Good exhibits at the visitor center. $10 per vehicle; flashlights provided. 530/667-8113.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. Lovely 129-foot waterfall, with .3-mile paved trail leading to its base. $6 day-use. 530/335-2777.

Medicine Lake. Lake access usually begins in mid-June; campground opens in July. Call ahead. $7 per vehicle. Modoc National Forest; 530/667-2246.

Sengthong's Blue Sky Room. Call for performance schedule and prices. 5841 Dunsmuir Ave., Dunsmuir; 530/235-1046.

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