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Where to stay, what to do in the northeastern corner of the state

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  • Drakesbad Guest Ranch nestles among the trees at Lassen Volcanic National Park.

    Drakesbad Guest Ranch

    Rob Howard

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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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