Once a railroad hub, Dunsmuir is now an artsy village perched on the Upper Sacramento River lined with murals, galleries and the far north’s best cuisine. Boasting an astounding number of swimming holes, and two lovely waterfalls–Hedge Creek Falls is an easy five-minute hike from town, and the dramatic Mossbrae Falls, only 50 feet high, but 150 feet wide, cascade over emerald mossy rock.
In town, galleries line the main drag, but the real highlight is Dunsmuir’s food scene. Make a reservation for an upscale dinner at Café Maddalena for gourmet Italian cuisine; or grab a seat at Cornerstone Bakery and Café for fancy baked goods, spinach omelets, and heaping sandwiches with fresh ingredients. Dunsmuir Brewery Works offers great microbrews, pub grub and a fun post hike vibe.
For an unusual overnight experience, check into the Railroad Park Resort to sleep in one of 26 cabooses turned into hotel rooms. Backed by Castle Crags State Park, the property promises to indulge your reveries of campfire evenings, morning swims in their pool, onsite dinners, and easy access to dramatic hiking and epic rock climbing.