World-class drive through the geologic wonders of northeastern California and southern Oregon offering unforgettable experiences for the outdoor enthusiasts with a quest for learning and adventure. 500-miles of Volcanic Wonders At 14,179-feet above sea level, Mount Shasta is the tallest volcano on the Byway. Gem of the Cascades Explore the isolate world in one of 700 caves discovered at the Lava Beds National Monument. EXPLORE THE DEEP At a depth of 1,943-feet, Crater Lake is the remnant of the collapse of Mount Mazama thousands of years ago. Deepest Lake in the United States

Welcome to the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway All American Road. Along this 500-mile journey from volcano to volcano you will find opportunities for adventure, exploration, communion with nature and an appreciation for the culture and history of the region. You will also find residents eager to share the beauty and mystery of this land that is dotted with evidence of a violent past.

Eons of eruptions and lava flows have created a fiery heritage of spatter cones, lava tubes and caves, bubbling mudpots, pumice plains, soaring peaks and unforgettable Crater Lake. Along with looping around America’s deepest lake at Crater Lake National Park, this route is also bookended by awe-inspiring Lassen Volcanic National Park. The Byway travels north–south along the Cascade Mountain Range past numerous volcanoes in California and Oregon. Along the Byway you will see fantastic sites – including the crowned king, Mount Shasta, sitting at 14,179 feet and visible from the hills of Redding, California all the way to Crater Lake in Oregon. Plus, beautiful curtains of water showering over basalt cliffs at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, and lands riddled with remains of underground magma conduits at Lava Beds National Monument.

Whether you’re taking a break from the interstate or planning to explore in depth, the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway offers plenty of adventure on your journey.

Travel essentials tips

Volcanic Highlights

From the snow-capped heights of Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta to the depths of Crater Lake, signs of this region's volcanic past—and present—dot the landscape. Explore these remarkable geological features and how they helped shape the area’s legacy — descend into a lava tube, climb to a crater rim, walk through a mountain of glass or soak in a volcano’s crater.

Waterfall Highlights

Discover the majestic beauty of the region’s most dramatic waterfalls! Along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, you’ll discover some of the Northern California and Southern Oregon’s best.

Getting Here
Volcanoes on the Byway
Campfire Safety
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GET THE GUIDE! It’s just $10.00 (free shipping) and you’ll get a 161-page spiral-bound glossy booklet with turn-by-turn directions along with the most comprehensive details about what to see and do on your byway adventure.



Our #1 Tip: Just Get Started! The VLSB was designed to be explored in bite-sized pieces… A day here, a couple days there. With easy in and out entry and exit points along the route, click through this section to be inspired while getting the information you need to plan several small trips or one large one.

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