Lassen Volcanic National Park

The largest lava dome volcano in the world (Lassen Peak) can be found alongside shield volcanoes, cinder cone volcanoes, and composite volcanoes at Lassen Volcanic National Park. That’s all 4 types of volcanoes for those keeping score at home.

The area is visibly active: see boiling mud pots at Sulphur Works, find hot springs on the Bumpass Hell Trail, cool off with a walk past Lake Helen, admire the 30-foot Kings Creek Falls, or take a refreshing dip in Summit Lake.

Hiking to the top of a volcano on Cinder Cone Trail and the 5-mile round trip hike to Lassen Peak are both bucket list worthy. If you’ve got limited time, take a few hours to drive the 30-mile Lassen Volcanic National Highway for epic vistas, where many hiking trails begin.