Lassen Volcanic National Park is a gorgeous (but one of the lesser visited) national parks in California. It had just 519K visitors in 2019, compared to 4.59M for Yosemite.

The park is located in northeastern California, about a 3-hour drive from Sacramento. Reno is the nearest international airport.

Home to breathtaking scenery at every turn, Lassen makes for the perfect road trip in the summer, when the road through the park is fully open.

Hydrothermal features are a star attraction in Lassen Volcanic National Park: fumaroles, mud pots, boiling springs, and more. 

Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to all four types of volcanoes found on Planet Earth: cinder cone, lava dome, shield, and composite. 

You can hike to the summit of Lassen Peak, the highest point in the park, or go boating on beautiful Manzanita Lake.  

The views of the colorful Painted Dunes are incredible from the challenging Cinder Cone Trail

Kings Creek Falls is a 40-foot cascade, framed by greenery. It is one of the best photo spots in Lassen Volcanic NP. 

You will find many beautiful alpine lakes in Lassen Volcanic NP, many of them close to the park highway. 

Look for wildflowers, wildlife, and birds as you explore Lassen Volcanic NP. 

Lassen Volcanic National Park is also home to some of the darkest night skies in the state. It is a great place to see the Milky Way!

If you are looking for a summer national park trip without the crowds, Lassen Volcanic National Park is definitely worth considering. 

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