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May 2022

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River. It's the tallest earth-filled dam in the U.S. and a popular place for house boating. Low water levels prohibited recreational activities when we were there, but forecasts for this summer are cautiously optimistic. Regardless of the water level, it's fun to walk across the dam — about a mile — and take in the beautiful view. Lassen Volcanic National Park is about 160 miles north of Sacramento. It's known for hydrothermal activity, though it's not nearly as dramatic as Yellowstone National Park. We hiked the Devil's Kitchen Trail, which crossed some pretty meadows and led past bubbling mud pots. We stayed at Mill Creek Resort, about a 20-minute drive from the park. Lodging here is in nine adorable cabins with rustic chic decor and tin roofs. ese are lovingly cared for by owners Jill and Joe Hower. Since we departed, they have added vintage RVs for a pseudo glamping experience. Hosts also provide a play area for young kids and a handy camp store, and they serve creative meals on a scenic deck three nights a week. Like elsewhere in Northern California, Mill Creek Resort serves up a good balance of family-friendly activities and tasty adult beverages. If you stay here, be sure to try the local Lassen Ale Works IPL. Along with big trees and great hikes, warm hospitality and great brews are more reasons the whole family will love NorCal. ELIZABETH HANSEN Lodging at Mill Creek Resort is in nine adorable cabins Lake Oroville is a renowned spot for houseboating Redwood trees thrive near the coast from the Oregon border to Big Sur ranchandcoast.com @ranchandcoast

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