Welcome to the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway All American Road. Along this 500 mile journey from volcano to volcano you will find opportunities for adventure, exploration, communion with nature and an appreciation for the culture and history of the region. You will also find residents eager to share the beauty and mystery of this land that is dotted with evidence of an eruptive past.
The southern end of the byway begins at California's Lake Almanor, just miles from the active geothermal features at Lassen Volcanic National Park. The northern end of the byway is capped by Crater Lake National Park in Oregon where mysteries of the earth's interior are studied.
Along the Byway you will see fantastic sites - the slopes of Mount Shasta jutting above the valley floor to the summit at 14,162 feet, curtains of water showering over basalt cliffs at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, and lands riddled with remains of underground magma conduits at Lava Beds National Monument.
Whether you're taking a break from the interstate or planning to explore in depth, the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway offers plenty of adventure on your journey.
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway interpretive guide now available!
Let your adventures begin along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway! This magnificent 500-mile byway is one of just 31 All American Roads in the United States – the “crown jewels” of the nation’s highway system. Explore the byway with this 160-page interpretive guide that takes you through 11 byway regions. Learn how thousands of years of volcanic eruptions have formed some of the most dramatic and diverse landscapes you will see anywhere. The guide is for sale at most park and travel visitor centers.