Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta and Weed are three charming and historic communities located within close proximity along Interstate 5 and are all worthy of exploration.

Dunsmuir, the southernmost of the three towns is a charming railroad town and fishing hub with easy access to the Upper Sacramento River and the stunning Castle Crags State Park and Wilderness Area. Walk its historic downtown or explore its botanical gardens and dine in any number of great eateries, including Yak’s on the 5 that was named by Yelp as one of America’s top 100 restaurants. Dunsmuir is also home to several waterfalls, including Hedge Creek Falls – an easily accessible waterfall that visitors can walk behind.

The City of Mt. Shasta is a spiritual site full of great lodging and easy in-town access to the majestic Mt. Shasta. It is also a must-visit. Explore the Gateway Trail System or take a drive up to Bunny Flat – open year-round and the highest drivable point on the mountain. In town, explore great dining, gear rental options, spiritual shops, the headwaters of the Sacramento River and the scenic Sisson Meadow. The City of Mt. Shasta is also where you’ll find access to Lake Siskiyou, another recreational jewel with a 7-mile trail surrounding it and access to the scenic pedestrian Wagon Creek Bridge. Just beyond Lake Siskiyou take the scenic drive up to Castle Lake. It also provides great access to the Mt. Shasta Ski Park, Shastice Park (open air ice-skating) and the Nordic Ski Park in the winter.

Weed is the northernmost community in the Interstate 5 Corridor and was named by streaming giant Netflix as one of the “funniest towns in America.” Home to the famed Weed Arch and the College of the Siskiyous, Weed offers great access to the north side of Mt. Shasta and sits at the convenient crossroads of Interstate 5 and Highway 97.


Mt. Shasta

Castle Crags

Hedge Creek Falls

Lake Siskiyou


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