The smoldering streets of Red Bluff – one of California’s hottest towns due to the hot-air trap of the Shasta Cascades – are of marginal interest in themselves, but a glimpse towards the mountain-dominated horizon reveals what brings most travelers this way. Peter Lassen laid out the town site in 1847 and it grew into a key port along the Sacramento River.
Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta
The Sacramento Delta is a sprawling web of waterways and one-stoplight towns plucked out of the 1930s. On weekends, locals gun powerboats on glassy waterways and cruise the winding levy roads. This wetland area encompasses a huge swath of the state – from the San Francisco Bay to Sacramento, and all the way south to Stockton.