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Visit Northern California's Shasta lake. Playground of the Shasta Cascades
by DWAYNE GOERGES

When the seasons begin to change and the frost wholeheartedly appears on our doorsteps, we know that winter is here. While this can be uplifting and exciting for some, the majority of us cringe when snow is on the mind. Luckily, just because the season has changed, doesnít mean that you have to suffer. Looking for a peaceful getaway? Shasta Lake is one place that you may never want to leave. Located in the heart of Northern California, this lake is more than just your average day trip. With a plethora of things to do, it is no wonder why thousands of visitors are continuously coming back to this tranquil Californian gem.

The beauty of Shasta Lake is that it is regarded as one of the most peaceful locations in California. Nestled between stunning mountaintops and crystal clear water - this lake proves to be a serene landmark. Additionally, there is an array of activities to choose from, regardless of how great the weather is. Looking for a peaceful way to enjoy your days? At Shasta Lake, there are hundreds of species of warm and cold watered fish. Though fishing can be tried any time of year, most people recommend the summer months. From contests to fishing events - the opportunities are certainly endless. Nevertheless, fishing is a wonderful way to relax, enjoy the outdoors, and catch a fish or two. You may be surprised at how much you enjoy this calm sport.

If fishing isnít your cup of tea, donít pack up your bags just yet! Shasta Lake is also home to one of the most alluring caverns in the country. Surprisingly, this tour is anything but ordinary. Starting out by boat, you are able to experience the beauty of Shasta Lake. With tour guides pointing out exotic animals and landmarks, it will easily be a memorable experience. After sailing across the clear waters, you then take a bus to the entrance of the cavern. From there, you are able to glance at the awe-inspiring phenomenon. Down below are thousands of crystal formations that have stood the test of time for centuries. Additionally, tour guides tell you the history of the caverns, as well as the stories that have emerged as the years have passed. Regardless of your vacation preferences, the Shasta Lake Caverns is a huge highlight for any visitor.

While the winter season is never a favorite, Shasta Lake in Northern California will certainly change your perspective during the icy months. From fishing to tours and trails - you will never find yourself bored if you choose to experience the serene atmosphere. Far too often we find ourselves stuck at home when the temperature drops to below zero. As a result, we become restless, depressed, and sick of the everyday schedule. For years Shasta Lake has provided vacationers with a fresh break from the glacial structures that surround our lives. Perhaps this year it is time for you to do the same. Buy a plane ticket, book a room, and experience what everyone is talking about. Shasta Lake will without a doubt impress you so much that youíll be coming back next year.

Dwayne Goerges is the web site editor for Northern California RV Camping in Northern California, and Hale Makai Vacation Rental in Kauai, Hawaii.