10 Best Things to Do on the West Coast

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4) Mount Shasta, California

There are many tall mountains in the world, but some of them take on mythical lives of their own and become the stuff of legends. One such mountain is Mt. Shasta at the southern end of the Cascade Range, just south of the Oregon border. It stands over 14,000 feet tall, and on a clear day may be seen from 150 miles away. In the past, Shasta was a key landmark on the Siskiyou Trail trade route between the Central Valley and the Pacific Northwest. Famed naturalist John Muir scaled Shasta with a group of colleagues in 1887, and wrote about how he survived a winter night on the mountain by lying in the hot sulphur springs near its peak. Later, it was claimed that Shasta is actually a surviving peak of an ancient mythical civilization called Lemuria. Whatever else, Mt. Shasta’s great natural beauty and majesty make it a worthwhile stop for travelers in the area.

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