Saturday, June 27, 2009

Along the I-5 Corridor

Things to do and see along the I-5 Corridor from Dunsmuir to the Oregon Border:

For a brochure/map on all the museums of Siskiyou County please see download here at the Siskiyou County Historical Society website. (look for box on lower left of first page for .pdf file.)

You will also find the route from Dunsmuir to the Oregon Border filled with stunning photographic opportunities, please stop and take a photo or two!

  • Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Museum. 4103 Pine Street, Dunsmuir, CA (530) 235-0929. Open 3rd Saturday of each month. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens. A wonderful place to stop and stretch your legs or have a picnic. The gardens are set in a lovely wooded area, with picnic sites and a playground and all near the Upper Sacramento River.
  • Tauhindauli Park. Right under the bridge that crosses the Sacramento River in Dunsmuir is this great park named after a Wintu Indian. You will find multi-use trails, and handicap accessible picnic areas and restrooms.

Mt. Shasta City:
  • Sisson Museum. 1 North Old Stage Road, Mt. Shasta, CA (530) 926-5508. Also located right next to the State Fish Hatchery. Feed the fish!
  • Stop at the Headwaters of the Sacramento River at Mt. Shasta City Park. Picnic, take a nice walk along the waters, fill up your water container with the best water on earth!
  • Places to eat in Mt. Shasta City:
  1. Lily's Restaurant. 1013 South Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta. (530) 926-3372.
  2. Mike & Tony's Italian Restaurant.  501 South Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta.  (530) 926-4792.

  • Lumberman Historical Museum. 303 Gilman Ave., Weed, CA (530) 938-0550 Open end of May-September.
  • Climb Black Butte. Stop at the Ranger Station in Mt. Shasta City for details, maps, directions. The climb takes from 2 to 3 hours depending on your condition. This is a "hike" not a stroll up the mountain! You will ascend something like 1800 feet! The view at the top is a great 360 and Mt. Shasta can be viewed in a spectacular way!
  • Play Frisbee Golf. College of the Siskiyous has a Frisbee golf course adjacent to the campus. The course threads through the trees... bring your own Frisbees and get both exercise and have fun!
  • Mt. Shasta Brewing Company. Tour this small brewery that advertises to "try Legal Weed'. Weed Ale House and Bistro, open 7 days a week beginning at noon.

Grenada: (Small town between Weed and Yreka)
  • Take a little drive (about 15+ miles) out to the Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms. Open in July when flowers are in bloom. 9:00 - 4:00 daily. Truly worth a visit, be sure and take your camera! Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms, 9706 Harry Cash Road, Montague, CA Phone: (530) 926-2651

  • St. Mark's Preservation Square, 300-304 Lane Street, right across from the county courthouse! Take a tour of the former church built in 1880, get lots of local history information, what to see and do in the area, and pick up a walking brochure of Courthouse Square! Yreka Preservation.  While in the area also ask at St. Mark's Preservation Square about special events.  Yreka Preservation hosts numerous musical events during the year appealing to a wide variety of folks!  Find details at the website under Special Events/Classes section, or the Calendar of Events!
  • Genealogical Society of Siskiyou County Research Center.  Located next to the Siskiyou County Museum.  912 S. Main Street, Yreka, CA.  Stop in and learn about local history, find ancestors and learn about genealogy research.  A great place to get Siskiyou County information! Call for hours:  (530) 842-0277.  
  • National Historic District, Yreka, CA. Take Yreka Central Exit, turn West, follow sign to "Old Town". Visit the Yreka Chamber of Commerce to pick up a walking or driving tour map of homes and the business district. A real treat! Yreka Chamber of Commerce, 117 West Miner St., Yreka, CA. (530) 842-1649. Parking for RV and Trailers is available nearby, signage is skimpy... see downtown map with parking areas here.
  • View RV and Trailer Parking ~ Yreka, Ca in a larger map
  • Yreka Chamber of Commerce.  Stop in and find maps, brochures, and information on our wonderful Gold Rush town!
  • Ley Station Fire Museum. A small museum with vintage fire truck and accessories. Go to the corner of Miner Street and Oregon Streets in Yreka at the west end of the National Historic business area.
  • Art Galleries, Gift Shops, Antiques, Book Stores, Restaurants: Visit Old Town Yreka and also travel down Broadway to find interesting shops! Be sure not to miss Shoppe Serendipity for local handcrafted items and gifts.
  • Visit Greenhorn Park. Relax, fish, picnic, or let the kids play in the kids area. Greenhorn Road, Yreka. Take the first exit off of I-5, go West, turn right at first stoplight (Main St.) and drive North to Greenhorn Road. (3rd road going left) Turn left. Drive past businesses until you see the lake and entrance.
  • Places to Eat in Yreka: Below are some of the places I recommend as a "local".
  1. Linda's Soup Cafe ~ 1812 Fort Jones Road, Yreka. (530) 842-5236. Great place for sandwiches and soup! Located in the Raley's Shopping Center at the first (Southernmost) Exit from I-5. Just past McDonald's and the other fast food places. It is in the corner of the shopping center. Great alternative to "fast food", lots of parking in parking lot.
  2. Nature's Kitchen ~ Bakery, Cafe and Natural Foods Store. Old Bottling Works Shopping Mall, 412 South Main Street (old Hwy 99) Yreka, California. (530) 842-1136.
  3. Klander's Deli ~ 211 South Oregon Street, Yreka, California 96097. (530) 842-3806. Just one block off of Miner Street, Great Sandwiches! This is one of those great "Mom and Pop" type places.
  4. Strings ~ Italian and American Food. West Miner Street in the National Historic District. Brand new to Yreka, moved from Mt. Shasta City.
Shasta Valley Wildlife Viewing Area: This Wildlife Area contains 4,657 acres of Great Basin juniper woodland, riparian forest, seasonal wetlands and crop lands, with Mt. Shasta as a backdrop. Three lakes within this area provide trout fishing. Map available at DFG website. Approximately 8 miles east of Yreka on State Highway 3, 1 1/2 miles east of Montague on Ball Mountain Road.

Collier Rest Area (California Welcome Center) off of Interstate 5:
  • If traveling from the north and heading south, be sure and stop here, it is a great place to have a picnic, and visit the Collier Interpretative Center and pick up brochures and information about things to do in Siskiyou County! It is also a great place to get a nice view of the Klamath River.

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