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A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Marcel Siegle
A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Marcel Siegle

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8 NATURAL WONDERS TO EXPLORE AROUND REDDING, CA
By Redding CVB | 12/04/2019 | Caves, Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Lakes, Rivers, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Trails, Waterfalls
Situated near the junction of several natural provinces—the Klamath Mountains, the Coast Ranges, the Cascade Range, the Great Basin, and the Central Valley—Redding, California, makes an awesome jumping-off point for nature enthusiasts.  Read More
AN INSIDER'S GUIDE TO YEAR-ROUND ADVENTURES ON AND AROUND SHASTA LAKE
By Redding CVB | 11/08/2019 | Biking, Boating, Family Friendly , Fishing, Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Kayaking, Lakes, Paddling, Rafting, Rentals, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Trails, Watersports
Sitting less than 30 minutes from the heart of Redding, Shasta Lake is a gem of northern California. No matter the season, here’s an insider’s guide to year-round adventure on the water.  Read More
10 REDDING ADVENTURES TO ENJOY IN THE FALL
By Redding CVB | 11/01/2019 | Biking, Family Friendly , Fishing, Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Kayaking, Lakes, Paddling, Parks & Gardens, Rivers, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Trails, Waterfalls
Known for its proximity to Mt. Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park, Redding has easily accessible recreation opportunities that include a river running through town, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and a thriving fly-fishing community.  Read More
EXPLORING THE WONDERS OF LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
By Redding CVB | 10/25/2019 | Biking, Family Friendly , Great Outdoors, Lakes, Paddling, Scenic Drives, Skiing/Snowboarding, Snow Play, Snowmobiling, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Trails, Waterfalls, Winter Activities, X-Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing
Less than an hour’s drive from Redding, Lassen Volcanic National Park features the 10,457-foot-tall Lassen Peak, but that’s only one (magnificent) attraction of many here.  Read More
5 STELLAR TRAIL TO ALE PAIRINGS IN AND AROUND REDDING, CA
By Redding CVB | 10/17/2019 | Biking, Cultural District, Downtown, Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Local Breweries, Parks & Gardens, Pet Friendly Activities, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Trails
So as you plot your next outdoor adventure, here are five top picks for trail-to-tavern pairings in and around the heart of Shasta County, California.  Read More
MAKE SURE TO EXPLORE THESE 9 FAMOUSLY REDDING ICONS ON YOUR TRIP TO REDDING
By Redding CVB | 09/25/2019 | Biking, Boating, Caves, Cultural District, Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Kayaking, Lakes, Paddling, Parks & Gardens, Pet Friendly Activities, Rivers, Sailing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Tours, Trails, Waterfalls, Watersports
We know how traveling to another city can be overwhelming. What is there to see? What should you see? Where to go? All questions that race through your mind when traveling. To help you out, the Visit Redding team put together a Famously Redding video series to showcase the top nine attractions or icons to experience when you're in the area. Each icon will let you learn a little bit about Redding's history and the abundance of natural attractions that are perfect for outdoor recreation.  Read More
TAKE THE REDDING ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
By Redding CVB | 09/11/2019 | Art & Culture, Art in Public Places, Caves, Cultural District, Downtown, Family Friendly , Food and Drink, Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Historic Architecture, Lakes, Museums, Paddling, Parks & Gardens, Pet Friendly Activities, Scenic Drives, Shows & Performances, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Trails, Waterfalls, Winter Activities
Let's break away from the norm and try a new adventure. Or how about 14? With the Adventure Challenge -- Redding edition, we'll do all of the work for you on coming up with an adventure. All you have to do is scratch, choose your adventure and post about it on social media.  Read More
YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST KAYAKING IN REDDING, CA
By Redding CVB | 08/14/2019 | Great Outdoors, Kayaking, Paddling, State & National Parks
You’ll find a wide variety of kayaking opportunities in and around Redding, but here are a few favorites that should make the to-do list for any visitor to the area.  Read More
10 KID-FRIENDLY OUTDOOR ADVENTURES IN REDDING, CA
By Redding CVB | 08/02/2019 | Caves, Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Lakes, Paddling, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Trails
Tucked away at the top of California in the Shasta-Cascade region, Redding is a great spot to take your kids for an outdoor family adventure. Parents will find lakes, rivers, hiking trails, culture, and gold-mining history a-plenty—all ready to be enjoyed by the whole family.  Read More
10 LAKES, RIVERS, POOLS, AND SWIMMING HOLES WHERE YOU CAN COOL OFF IN REDDING, CA
By Redding CVB | 07/26/2019 | Boating, Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Kayaking, Lakes, Paddling, Rafting, Rivers, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, State & National Parks, Watersports
The variety of options for getting in the water to beat the heat in Redding, CA makes this city a great spot for families and outdoor adventurers in the summertime.  Read More
10 THINGS TO DO FOR $10 OR LESS WHEN VISITING REDDING
By Redding CVB | 07/19/2019 | Biking, Downtown, Family Friendly , Food and Drink, Fun and Free, Golf, Parks & Gardens, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Trails, Waterfalls
Let’s face it, when we travel, we want to enjoy attractions and things to do wherever it is that we go. But sometimes we want to stretch our dollars as far as we can. Luckily for you, Redding has plenty to do for those looking for a little fun on a budget. Take a look at 10 activities or attractions you can enjoy for $10 or less when you visit Redding.  Read More
THE 8 BEST DOG-FRIENDLY TRAILS NEAR REDDING
By Redding CVB | 07/10/2019 | Biking, Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Pet Friendly Activities, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights
Hiking in and around Redding, California, is fantastic, but there’s one way to make it even better—hitting the trails with your favorite four-legged friend. Take advantage of these eight scenic and dog-friendly trails.  Read More
REDDING'S CULTURAL DISTRICT COMES TO LIFE IN 360-DEGREE VIDEOS
By Redding CVB | 06/18/2019 | Antiques, Art & Culture, Art in Public Places, Cultural District, Downtown, Downtown, Empty Nester Activities, Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Historic Architecture, Local Breweries, Museums, Parks & Gardens, Shopping, Shows & Performances, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights
The Redding Cultural District comes to life with the release of the "Famously Redding" 360-degree video project, highlighting some of the top attractions, shops and things to do in downtown Redding.  Read More
HIKING TO KINGS CREEK FALLS IN LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
By Redding CVB | 05/21/2019 | Family Friendly , Great Outdoors, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Trails, Waterfalls
King’s Creek Falls is a 40-foot waterfall located in the middle of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail is moderate, which makes it a perfect adventure for the casual hiker, or a nice add on to the nearby Lassen Peak for more experienced hikers. Although it is only accessible during the summer and fall, it's one of the best hikes in the park.  Read More
3 HIKES TO LOSE YOURSELF IN NATURE IN LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK
By Redding CVB | 05/14/2019 | Family Friendly , Great Outdoors, Scenic Drives, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Trails
There is nothing quite like being outdoors, and experiencing the solitude found on the trail. I also love that hiking can be for everyone. Whether you prefer summiting a mountain peak, climbing along a cascading creek, or taking a stroll along the shore of an alpine lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park offers an array of diverse beauty to explore for all fitness levels. Here are three of my favorite trails to lose yourself in nature, while visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Read More
REDDING -- YOUR PERFECT GETAWAY FOR HIKING ADVENTURES AND AN OUTDOOR VACATION
By Redding CVB | 05/09/2019 | Family Friendly , Fishing, Great Outdoors, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Trails, Waterfalls
In Redding, located in the heart of UpState CA, you'll find an endless outdoor adventure playground perfect for all ages and interests. Hiking is one of the activities we do best around here with more than 225 miles of trails within a 15-mile radius of downtown. There is even more places to explore just on the outskirts of the city, making perfect day trips for adventure and exploration before returning to your hotel for a good night's sleep. We've put together a few of the best places to visit to enjoy an outdoor vacation or trip that will you won't want...  Read More
10 AMAZING WATERFALLS TO SEE IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
By Redding CVB | 03/28/2019 | Family Friendly , Great Outdoors, Lakes, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Trails, Waterfalls
An international outdoor destination ringed by the Southern Cascades to the east and the much smaller range of the Trinity Alps to the west, Redding is a hotspot for waterfall chasers. It’s an area with both short and long winding trails to seemingly secret falls and popular cascades you can see right from the road. Each spring and early summer the streams and rivers come alive, churning with snowmelt as it descends from the mountains to lower elevations. With landmarks like Mt. Shasta, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and the many lakes and rivers of this region, it’s a bold statement to...  Read More
10 AWESOME NATIONAL & STATE PARK DAY TRIPS WORTH TAKING FROM REDDING
By Redding CVB | 03/26/2019 | Biking, Boating, Fishing, Great Outdoors, Lakes, Paddling, State & National Parks, Trails, Waterfalls
Wild, uncrowded, and memorable—these are the defining features of the far Northern California outdoors. The expanse of public lands around the town of Redding features an endless lineup of outdoor adventures, from fly fishing to summit bagging to scenic driving. It serves as an excellent base camp for exploring it all, with much to do within an hour’s drive from downtown. Here are 10 of best state parks, national parks, and national forests to visit on a day trip from Redding.  Read More
WHY REDDING IS AN UNDERRATED MOUNTAIN BIKE TOWN
By Redding CVB | 02/25/2019 | Biking, Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Trails
In far Northern California, the promise of uncrowded trails means plenty of space to spread out and shred the singletrack—and Redding serves as the best base camp to explore it all. Within 15 miles, you’ll find more than 225 miles of trails crisscrossing the sprawling mountain ridges and pristine forests surrounding the town. When it comes to mountain biking, Redding boasts a vibrant history and an ongoing love affair with the sport. A convenient location right off I-5, prime riding conditions for much of the year, a growing trail network, and a thriving community of avid riders make Redding an...  Read More
A VISITOR'S GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN REDDING
By Redding CVB | 02/22/2019 | Art & Culture, Between Games, Cultural District, Downtown, Empty Nester Activities, Family Friendly , Food and Drink, Fun and Free, Nightlife, Parks & Gardens, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights
It’s no secret that Redding, California, is well known as a world-class outdoor destination, drawing active types from all over to hike in the surrounding Shasta-Cascade mountains, raft and fish in crystal-clear rivers, and spend lazy summer days on the lakes. But Redding is also a thriving cultural hub of Northern California, brimming with eateries, theaters, galleries, boutiques, and shops, plus nearly 70 public art displays. In fact, Redding’s downtown district is one of only 14 official California Cultural Districts in the entire state—and only one of three chosen from predominantly rural areas—boasting a level of art and sophistication that...  Read More
HOW TO PLAN A PERFECT COUPLES GETAWAY IN REDDING
By Redding CVB | 01/28/2019 Art & Culture, Caves, Cottages, Cultural District, Downtown, Downtown, Downtown, Family Friendly , Fishing, Food and Drink, Great Outdoors, Hotels and Motels, Lakes, Local Breweries, Lodging, Nightlife, Paddling, Redding Originals, Rivers, Shopping, State & National Parks, Swimming, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Trails, Waterfalls, Wine
Whether your perfect date includes stargazing in a national park, watching the sunset over a vineyard, or enjoying a night on the town, you can find it in Redding, California, a fantastic place to spend time with your special someone. In Redding, you’ll find the perfect balance of escaping the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life while still enjoying top-notch restaurants, accommodations, and amenities. You’re surrounded by some of the state’s most beautiful trails, parks, and waterways, but a craft brew or locally made wine is never far away. You can enjoy incredible architecture, farm-to-fork, cuisine, and manicured gardens—all in a place...  Read More
THE 11 BEST HIKES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
By Redding CVB | 01/21/2019 | Family Friendly , Great Outdoors, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Trails, Waterfalls
It’s no secret that California is home to some of the best hiking in the country, especially in the northern part of the state. With a lifetime’s worth of hiking opportunities, the tough part can be zeroing in on one location to use as a base camp to explore all that Northern California has to offer. With a vast expanse of mountain ranges, wild rivers, and quiet forests just beyond downtown, Redding is the perfect spot to lay your head after a long day on the trails. Here, we’ve rounded up the 11 best hikes to experience the unparalleled beauty of...  Read More
8 FUN WINTER ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY IN REDDING, CA
By Redding CVB | 12/12/2018 | Family Friendly , Great Outdoors, Skiing/Snowboarding, Snow Play, Snowmobiling, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Trails, Waterfalls, Winter Activities, X-Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing
Redding, California, sits in the backyard of some of Northern California’s best outdoor recreation and wilderness, from majestic Mt. Shasta to lesser-known gems amid the Siskiyou and Cascade ranges. Redding makes for a great home base for outdoor adventure in winter, offering temperate weather even during the colder months and fewer crowds than larger cities. Here are eight ways to enjoy a family getaway in this incredibly scenic section of the state.  Read More
TOP 7 ATTRACTIONS YOU WANT TO CROSS OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST IN REDDING, CA
By Redding CVB | 11/20/2018 Biking, Downtown, Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Paddling, State & National Parks, Swimming, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Waterfalls
Burney Falls. Photo courtesy of @jermverde on InstagramSteeped in state history and beset by the Sacramento River, Redding has since 1844 existed as the deserving home of satisfied locals. Since first inhabited by Wintu Native Americans, Redding has plays host to a wide variety of outdoor recreation and a near-perfect climate. Modern Redding offers you access to a wide variety of sights and sounds, including Turtle Bay Exploration Park and awe-inspiring botanical gardens. Cross off these verified Redding staples whenever you find yourself nearby, 7 bucket list items in Northern California you need to experience for yourself!1. Sundial BridgeEqual parts...  Read More
EXPLORING THE UNDISCOVERED GEMS OF UPSTATE CA WITH REDDING AS YOUR HOME BASE
By Redding CVB | 11/14/2018 | Boating, Caves, Fishing, Great Outdoors, Kayaking, Lakes, Rivers, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Waterfalls
Redding, California, makes the ideal jumping-off point to explore the region, providing easy access to the outdoors so you can enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Likewise, getting to Redding couldn’t be any easier, as I-5 runs right through the city and it’s just three hours from San Francisco and two hours from the California-Oregon border.  Read More
10 EXTREME ADVENTURES TO TRY ON YOUR NEXT TRIP TO REDDING, CA
By Redding CVB | 11/08/2018 | Biking, Boating, Fishing, Great Outdoors, Skiing/Snowboarding, Snow Play, Snowmobiling, State & National Parks, Winter Activities, X-Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing
There’s no shortage of water or mountain activities in the Redding area, but here are a few of the top activities that will get your blood pumping. Of course, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the region in a milder way, with everything from hiking trails to bike paths that appeal to outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities. But if you like to take things a bit more extreme than most, these 10 extreme adventures around Redding are worth exploring.  Read More
6 CAN'T-MISS OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES THAT YOU CAN ONLY HAVE IN REDDING, CALIFORNIA
By Redding CVB | 11/02/2018 | Caves, Fishing, Great Outdoors, State & National Parks, Waterfalls
Located just three and a half hours from the Bay Area, Redding is an excellent place for visitors to get a good night’s rest before exploring all the region has to offer during the day. Right off I-5 with easy access to lakes, rivers, and swimming holes, miles of alpine trails just outside the city, Redding’s primary draw is the outdoors. Couples come for an intimate weekend away, families are drawn by the promise of good old-fashioned family fun, and adventurers of all experience and ability levels can find challenge and excitement on the trails and waterways.  Read More
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO LAKE & WATER LIFE IN REDDING
By Redding CVB | 10/25/2018 | Fishing, Great Outdoors, Lakes, Rivers, State & National Parks, Trails, Waterfalls
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FINAL DRAFT BREWING COMPANY: MORE THAN JUST TASTY BEER
By Dan Shepler | 10/19/2018 Cultural District, Downtown, Food and Drink, Local Breweries, Things to See and Do
It is easy to find yourself stuck in a routine not wanting to branch out and try new options. Redding has some really awesome breweries, but I found one or two that I liked and stopped exploring others. I have driven past Final Draft Brewing Company dozens of times, but have never tried it. I decided to make it a point to go in there this week. So one day after work I headed in to check it out and get something to eat. Upon walking through the front doors of Final Draft, you’re greeted with a massive beer list and...  Read More
HIKING CASTLE LAKE OFFERS INSPIRING VIEWS
By Dan Shepler | 07/31/2018 Great Outdoors, Lakes, Trails
One of the most beautiful views in all of California is from the top of Castle Lake. Nestled in the mountains with a gap on the northern end that opens to a vista of the mighty Mt. Shasta. When the sun sets, it lights up the mountain with such incredible colors that John Muir himself could not put it into words. It is the kind of view that will totally change your perspective and put Northern California towards the top on your list of most beautiful places you’ve ever been.The trailhead is at the base of the lake and has...  Read More
EXPLORE WATERFALLS IN EVERY DIRECTION FROM REDDING
By Dan Shepler | 07/18/2018 Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Rivers, State & National Parks, Swimming, Waterfalls
Editor's note: Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend 2019. Head in any direction from Redding and you are bound to run into one of the many breathtaking waterfalls we have here in Northern California. Some are as close as 15 minutes from downtown, while others are just a short scenic drive. Whether you’re a serious hiker or someone with limited mobility, there are awe-inspiring cascades for you.Burney Falls from midway up the trailEasy access to Burney Falls east of Redding in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park and all three of the McCloud River Falls makes them...  Read More
7 REASONS REDDING, CALIFORNIA NEEDS TO BE ON YOUR TRAVEL RADAR
By Redding CVB | 06/28/2018 | Biking, Family Friendly , Fishing, Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Paddling, Rivers, Skiing/Snowboarding, Snow Play, Snowmobiling, Swimming, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Trails, Winter Activities, X-Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing
Redding is more than just an adventure hub though, as hiking, biking, and paddling are all accessible in-town. Looking for something more exotic? Explore geothermal features, caves, and rock climbing, or simply enjoy the friendly vibe in-town. There’s something for every adventure style from technical, hardcore pursuits to letting the kiddos rip it up in the Junior Bike Park.  Read More
KAYAKING WHISKEYTOWN LAKE IN REDDING NEEDS TO BE ON YOUR SUMMER BUCKET LIST
By Dan Shepler | 06/19/2018 Family Friendly , Great Outdoors, Kayaking, Lakes, Paddling, State & National Parks, Watersports
There is something special about the simplicity of kayaking. Propelling yourself with the blade of a paddle. Each stroke cutting through the mirror-like water with great efficiency. The rippled wake following behind, proof you are fully engaged with the natural world around you. It is peaceful, invigorating, and a whole lot of fun. Especially in Redding at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.Jasper and his wife Melissa, owners of Jefferson State Adventure Hub in Redding, invited me for a sunset kayaking adventure on Whiskeytown Lake. We met at Oak Bottom boat ramp on the west side of the lake. Unload, launched, and...  Read More
TURTLE BAY EXPLORATION PARK - A WONDER FOR ALL AGES
By Dan Shepler | 06/16/2018 Art & Culture, Between Games, Bus Friendly Activities, Bus Friendly Acttractions, Family Friendly , Group Parks, Group Transportation, Groups, Parks & Gardens, Things to See and Do
Turtle Bay Exploration Park is an amazing asset to Redding. With a campus of 300 acres, there is a more to it than you might think. There is a beautifully manicured botanical garden filled with wonderful public art to enjoy. A Parrot Playhouse where exotic lorikeets will land on you or come to your hand to be fed. A museum with wonderfully curated, high-end exhibitions, as well as exhibits that tell local history. An exciting animal show with birds flying right over your head, foxes jumping in trees, and other furry or feathered creatures showing off what they can do. Download...  Read More
3 SCENIC DRIVES AROUND REDDING YOU SHOULD TREAT YOUR CAR TO
By Redding CVB | 05/25/2018 Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Scenic Drives, State & National Parks
Thank goodness for summer. School ends. Vacation time kicks in. And the snow melts, which means certain roads that lie dormant during winter are open for business. The city of Redding in the heart of UpStateCA has more than a few scenic drives to offer. Trying to choose the ones you should go on; however, could last for well over a week, so we’d thought we’d give you hand. The folks at CarRentals.com know where you should go and how you should get there. That’s why Visit Redding partnered with them to you bring our favorite roads, scenic byways, and drives...  Read More
TRAILS GALORE: MOUNTAIN BIKING CULTURE RISING IN REDDING
By Dan Shepler | 05/23/2018 Biking, Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Things to See and Do, Trails
Redding has been getting a lot of attention in the last few years as a mountain biking destination, being called the "Trails capital of California." Its intricate trail system opens up a lot of options that can be accessed right from town. There are more than 250 miles of trails for people of all ages and skill levels making it a great option for a family experience. (Click here to see a map of the Trailheads)After hearing how good the biking was I wanted to get out and experience it for myself. I linked up with Jasper, owner of the...  Read More
THE PERFECT PAIRING: TOTS & CRAFT BEER AT WOODY'S BREWING COMPANY
By Dan Shepler | 05/16/2018 Cultural District, Downtown, Food and Drink, Local Breweries, Nightlife
Tucked away near the heart of downtown Redding, Woody’s Brewing Company is a flavorful and refreshing experience. This family-owned-and-operated establishment produces some of the tastiest pairings of food and beer found in Northern California. They offer a quite extensive beer list, and their food menu is a delicious spin what you would expect to find at a pub. Tater tots, calamari, wings, fish and chips, and burgers are just a few of their options.I’ve heard a lot of locals talking about Woody’s so one day I decided to head in for a mid-week lunch to experience it for myself. Upon...  Read More
5 WATERFALLS IN A DAY: REDDING'S WATERFALL LOOP
By Dan Shepler | 05/11/2018 Great Outdoors, Trails, Waterfalls
Redding boasts some of the most premier outdoor opportunities of any city that I have ever been to. There is so much to do and see in every direction. One of my favorite day trips in the area is a waterfall tour visiting Lion Slide Falls (aka Hatchet Creek), Burney Falls, and the three McCloud River Falls (Middle pictured above). It makes for a fun day with friends or family and takes you through some of the most iconic landscapes and vistas in UpState California and lets you return back to your hotel to rest up for another day of...  Read More
6 AMAZING WATERFALLS JUST OUTSIDE OF REDDING
By Redding CVB | 04/18/2018 Family Friendly , Great Outdoors, Things to See and Do, Trails, Waterfalls
Redding, California, was made for exploring. With hiking trails, fishing holes, and mountain peaks for days, this isn’t a place where you stay cooped up inside. That’s why Expedia.com turned to Visit Redding to encourage you to get outside and see what Mother Nature has in store!Whether you’re a day-tripper looking to venture beyond Redding or a visitor getting a taste of adventure in UpState California, you’ll soon find that this region is home to nearly 50 amazing waterfalls tucked between mountain ranges and hidden behind the foliage. Hop in the car and take a hike to these six whimsical falls,...  Read More
'GUIDING' YOUR WAY AROUND FISHING THE LOWER SACRAMENTO IN REDDING
By Dan Shepler | 03/29/2018 Fishing, Gear, Great Outdoors, Guides, Waters
Redding, California is known as one of the best areas for trout fishing on the west coast and made Forbes list ‘Top 10 Fishing Towns’ in North America. Within an hour drive, you can be on some of the most renowned fly fishing rivers and streams in the country, but it can all be a little overwhelming to figure it out on your own. There are a lot of rivers, a lot of access points, and a lot of methods and flies you can use. Regardless of your skills as an angler, you can’t beat local knowledge and fishing with a guide will drastically increase...  Read More
THE NEW MOSAIC RESTAURANT LEAVES A LASTING IMPRESSION
By Dan Shepler | 03/13/2018 Food and Drink, Italian/Pizza, Redding Originals
The Mosaic Restaurant, the new hot spot in Redding, offers California style cuisine with an upbeat and lively atmosphere. I headed in for dinner one evening around 5:00 p.m. It looked pretty busy and there was a short wait for a table. Not a problem, spots were available at the bar to get a drink in the meantime. The bartender recommended the Sac Smash, a delicious spin on a margarita made with ginger, agave, lemon juice, and basil. She mixed one up to perfection and I sipped on while looking over the menu. The charcuterie board looks good.Table ready. Within moments...  Read More
WINTER FUN IN REDDING
By Jenny Zink | 01/12/2018 Caves, Great Outdoors, Skiing/Snowboarding, Snow Play, Snowmobiling, Winter Activities, X-Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing
Whether you are hoping to find some fresh powder and explore the snowy outback or looking to get some sunshine during the long winter, Redding is your winter vacation destination. Here are a few of our favorite winter things to do in Redding and the surrounding area. Snowy AdventuresLassen Volcanic National ParkLassen, or as we sometimes call it, little Yellowstone, is more often thought of as a summer destination to see some amazing volcanic activity. But you should definitely put a winter in Lassen on your bucket list if you are a snow lover. While you can’t pass through the park in...  Read More
WHY REDDING, CALIFORNIA IS THE FAMILY GETAWAY YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU NEEDED
By Redding CVB | 10/18/2017 | Caves, Family Friendly , Great Outdoors, Lakes, State & National Parks, Trails, Waterfalls
If you think you know California, but haven’t visited the northern Shasta Cascade region, also known as UpStateCA, you’re missing out on some of the best outdoor recreation and natural beauty the Golden State has to offer. Situated in the sunny foothills in the shadow of majestic Mt. Shasta with the Sacramento River running directly through town, the city of Redding makes for an excellent home base for exploring the area. In the summer, Redding becomes a water recreation hot spot. In the winter, it rarely gets too cold, but the snowy mountains are just a short drive away.  Read More
CASA SUPERHERO RUN NOV. 4 - WALK, RUN, OR FLY FOR A GOOD CAUSE
By TJ Holmes | 10/18/2017
Attention all superheroes: you’re needed in Redding!Children and families and everyone else are welcome to visit Redding and dress up as your favorite superheroes to participate in the fifth annual CASA Superhero Run on Nov. 4 at the Redding Civic Auditorium.Whether you walk, run, or fly, suit up with your cape, tights, and mask and race for a good cause.CASA, known as Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, is a national program that has been part of the Northern Valley Catholic Social Service for 16 years, providing court advocacy services to abused and neglected children. Its goal is to be...  Read More
PEDALING BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS IN REDDING
By | 10/09/2017 Biking, Trails
When the weather is good, the Redding area is a hidden gem of riding in NorCal. The Redding area prides itself in offering abundant outdoor activities that range between house boating on Shasta Lake, hiking Trinity Alps, fishing, and more recently cycling. Always known for having a terrific mountain bike scene that can be accessed from the Swasey Recreation Area on Swasey Road or the East Keswick trails off of Quartz Hill Road, the BLM has recently constructed a network of paved bike paths from downtown Redding to Shasta Lake.Paved bike paths in California come in one of two varieties: those...  Read More
REWARDING VIEWS ON HIKE TO HEART LAKE
By Aaron Williams | 10/08/2017 Great Outdoors
Mt. Shasta looms large over far Northern California. Just about any angle shows off the majestic mountain in all its 14,000-foot glory.But perhaps one of the best views of the mystical mountain is from nearby Heart Lake.A mere 45 minutes from your starting point in Redding, Heart Lake is a moderate hike that rewards you with postcard views.Nestled in the mountains just south of Lake Siskiyou, Heart Lake sits above Castle Lake. From the parking lot at Castle Lake, it’s a short, but moderate, 2-mile round trip hike to Heart Lake. The total elevation gain is 600 feet on the...  Read More
ADD LAKE SHASTA CAVERNS TO YOUR BUCKET LIST
By Marguerite Cleveland | 10/06/2017 Caves
No trip to the region would be complete without a trip to the Lake Shasta Caverns Natural National Landmark. Open to the public since 1964, this natural attraction wows visitors from all over the world. Your adventure includes a catamaran boat ride across Shasta Lake, a scenic bus ride, and a tour of the caverns. Allow at least two hours for your visit.Tickets can be purchased online but you must get a boarding pass when you arrive at the gift shop. Tours are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your desired tour time. Allow at...  Read More
ROCK CLIMBING WITH SHASTA MOUNTAIN GUIDES
By Marguerite Cleveland | 10/05/2017
Shasta Mountain Guides offer a fun climbing day which is perfect for the whole family. It is designed for climbers with little or no experience. Cantara Crag is a short five-minute walk from the parking area and is nestled next to flowing water and a nice swimming hole. It makes for an enjoyable location if you are not climbing. Our guide, Joey Iosue was the perfect instructor for two teenage boys. Iosue has more than nine years of experience rock climbing and it shows in the easy way he quickly had the ropes set up. His instructing style was fun and...  Read More
EXPLORING WHISKEYTOWN NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
By Marguerite Cleveland | 10/04/2017 Lakes, Paddling, State & National Parks
You can easily fill a whole day with a visit to the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. There are plenty of recreation options on the beautiful lake filled with crystal-clear mountain water and surrounded by sandy beaches, hidden coves, and stunning mountain views. At over 39,000 acres, the area includes four waterfalls, over 70 miles of trails, a scenic drive around the lake and gold rush history.Services are limited so make sure to gas up and pack a picnic lunch, tons of snacks and water for the day. There is something about being outside that makes everyone extra hungry.Start your visit...  Read More
REDDING: UNOFFICIAL CAPITAL OF KAYAKING ACCORDING TO TIME MAGAZINE
By Kallie | 09/28/2017 Great Outdoors, Kayaking, Paddling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding
TIME calls Redding "weird" and says its citizens are so "obsessed" with kayaking that we're the unofficial capital of the paddle sport. If kayaking is weird, we don't want to be normal! Are Hawaiians weird for surfing so much? Are Coloradans weird for snow skiing? Are Parisians weird for eating croissants and baguettes? Nope. When you have the best resources - in Redding's case, beautiful, accessible lakes, a river that runs right through town, and 300+ sunny days per year - you're only weird if you don't use them!According to TIME, "Americans have always had strange obsessions, and how we interact...  Read More
REDDING UNRESTRICTED 2015
By | 04/19/2016
We'll admit it: Redding goes a little nutty in the spring, but no one ever seems to mind, so we just keep doing it! There's so much going on that we've taken to calling it Redding Unrestricted and adopting an 'anything goes' mentality, so book your hotel room for April 24- May 3rd and buckle up for the best spring getaway you can handle!Easily the biggest event of Redding Unrestricted is the 27th annual Kool April Nites classic car show. Hundreds (really: hundreds!) of incredible classic autos and trucks roll into Redding for parades, show & shines, competitions, music, food,...  Read More
LAKE SHASTA: IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK
By Admin User | 05/22/2014
Have you heard? California is in the midst of a drought!! Drying out, shriveling up, and blowing away. Ocean front casinos in Las Vegas before you know it! There are cacti where our lakes were, tumbleweeds rolling down the riverbeds, and the salmon all grew legs and walked away to Oregon. Not even the Sundial Bridge can tell time any more- it's just. too. thirsty. We're joking of course. Yes, there's a drought, but there's a difference between low water levels and a hole in the ground! Here are some facts to help you cut through the rumors and plan...  Read More
REDDING UNRESTRICTED 2014
By | 04/09/2014
 Do you ever wish you could take a weekend vacation and have every possible event/opportunity available to you that weekend? There is a time and place for that dream to come true: It's April 25-27 and it's in Redding! Around here we call it Redding Unrestricted, because you can do it ALL. From classic cars to waterfalls, to races, live music, and wine, this is the spring weekend that will shake off any last vestige of the winter doldrums. Links to event information are in bold.Reserve your parking spot today for the West's biggest park & shine and Redding's favorite...  Read More
PADDLE UP- THE CALIFORNIA 100 IS BACK!
By | 03/25/2014
photo by Chris FlentyeThere are plenty of roads in the world. Let the runners pound the pavement, watch out for cars, ice their shins, and pick asphalt out of their knees when they stumble. For those looking for a different kind of marathon- one with oak woodlands, leaping trout, and sunlight on rushing water- the California 100 could be the answer! This 100-mile one-day paddling race on the Sacramento River begins under the Sundial Bridge in Redding and finishes near Chico on May 25th.  Open to all paddle sport enthusiasts in sea kayaks, marathon canoes, surfskis, stand up paddleboards, outriggers,...  Read More
LET'S RODEO!
By | 03/19/2014
 If your Redding events calendar hasn't filled up for May yet, you should saddle up for the 66th Annual Redding Rodeo! Attracting mutton busters and steer wrestlers from all over the United States, the prestigious Redding Rodeo is a week-long event with excitement for all ages. It kicks off with a steak feed BBQ and dance (with karaoke championships, no less!) at the rodeo arena on May 10th, and following days include barrel racing and mutton bustin'- where future Rodeo Champs ride the wool off some sheep! The silver tour rodeo officially opens on May14th and the Champions Challenge performance...  Read More
25TH ANNUAL KOOL APRIL NITES
By | 02/07/2014
Wake up and smell the exhaust fumes! Hear the roar of the hot engines... gawk at the custom paint.... taste the old-fashioned burgers at that 50's joint out on Highway 273. The 25th annual Kool April Nites will run April 19 through 27, 2014! Great cars, great music, great food, bobby sox and ponytails- Kool April Nites is bigger and better than ever! This major Redding event has long solidified itself as the ultimate destination for classic car aficionados and neophytes alike, and at 25 years, it's only getting warmed up! At every Kool April Nites week long event you'll find...  Read More
HOPS & SHOPS BREWFEST IN DOWNTOWN REDDING
By | 01/30/2014
Viva Downtown Redding and Wildcard Brewing Company present "Hops and Shops" indoor brewfest, February 8th from 2-6pm! Hops and Shops highlights the many outstanding local businesses in downtown Redding by partnering with regional craft breweries and featuring their ales inside various local downtown establishments- all within walking distance. Hop-loving shoppers will receive a tasting glass, walking map of participating businesses downtown, and 10 tickets for 4oz tastes. Each beer will be poured by a brewery representative, so you can learn all about the individual brews and breweries. Snacks from food trucks will be available for purchase, live music will entertain,...  Read More
WIZARD OF OZ AT CASCADE THEATRE
By | 01/27/2014
   Downtown Redding- with its historical buildings- has its share of red brick, there's even some art deco... But this Spring will see plenty of yellow brick, emerald, and ruby at the historic Cascade Theatre when The Wizard of Oz takes the stage! Director Jana Pulcini-Leard and her team of professional local talents and artists will bring the beloved classic to life in a way only they can. Previous successes by Pulcini-Leard at the Cascade include the annual Christmas extravaganza, Fiddler On The Roof, The Sound of Music, and Hairspray, so she and her company are no strangers to tapping...  Read More
44TH ANNUAL NORCAL JOHN FRANK MEMORIAL RUN
By | 01/06/2014
This March, the SWEAT Running Club of Redding will hold its annual NorCal John Frank Memorial Run. The race remembers a young man who excelled in distance running at Central Valley High School and went on to run for Oregon State before his untimely death. "Frank was one of the best high school distance runners in the U.S. in 1980 and remains something of a local legend in Northern California. At Central Valley High School, he was undefeated during league cross country meets in 1978 and 1979 and won the state championship (Northern Section) his senior year. He won the...  Read More
BRIGHT LIGHTS, CHRISTMAS DELIGHTS
By | 12/03/2013
Per the Active 20-30 Club of Redding, "the Redding Lighted Christmas Parade is a tradition that dates back to 1982. The first parade was organized by the Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce and was originally held on Park Marina Drive. After a few years, the parade route was moved to Downtown Redding, where it remains today. Each year for the past three decades, the parade has entertained thousands of families and children on the first Saturday evening of December." This year's parade is organized by the Active 20-30 Club of Redding, a local service organization of young professionals which provides young...  Read More
AN 'OLD TIME HOLIDAY' IN THE PARKS
By | 11/23/2013
Have yourself an 'Old Time Holiday' on December 7th, courtesy of the National Park Service and California State Parks! Follow in the footsteps of miners who in 1849, after preparing a holiday meal in Shasta, traveled to Whiskeytown to share their food and cheer! Visit the Shasta State Historic Park and the Tower House Historic District in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, both located just west of Redding along Highway 299.To passing motorists, Shasta State Historic Park is a curious stretch of brick ruins, but those who stop to stretch their legs and look around discover a fascinating pocket of...  Read More
VIVA DOWNTOWN PRESENTS: WINTERFEST 2013
By | 11/23/2013
Redding has so many opportunities to celebrate the holiday season! Viva Downtown joins in the fun with Winterfest 2013. Bring the kids and your Christmas shopping list downtown to the Atrium in the Market Street Promenade starting at 4pm on December 6th. Kids can meet Santa, play games, do arts and crafts activities, listen to children's choir performances, and more! You can browse among 20 vendors for unique items to make your holiday giving memorable. Be sure to head outside at 7pm to enjoy the 94th annual historic tree lighting, with musical entertainment and caroling led by Mitch Thomas Neal. This...  Read More
A REDDING THANKSGIVING AT WIN RIVER
By | 11/22/2013
Visiting Redding this Thanksgiving? If your friends and family don't all fit around the table, why not let Win River do all the work this year so everyone can relax and focus on giving thanks? Join them for their Thanksgiving Buffet Thursday, November 28! Noon- 8 pm Adult $24.95 Child$8.95   Carving Station Roast Breast of Turkey with Pan Gravy and Cranberry-Orange Sauce Baked Ham with Pineapple Glaze Steamed Clams   Buffet Roasted Salmon with Lemon Dill Cream Sauce Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes Maple Sweet Potatoes with Candied PecansTraditional Bread Stuffing Sauteed Blue Lake Green Beans with Almonds Smoked Norwegian Salmon, Cream Cheese and Bagels Green...  Read More
A REDDING THANKSGIVING TROT
By | 11/22/2013
 Turkeys aren't the only ones on the run around Redding on Thanksgiving Day- thousands of locals and visitors will race, walk, and wheel along the river in the 28th Annual SRMC Turkey Trot! The 6 mile race or 2 mile fun run/walk has become a holiday tradition for many families and is a great way to get some fresh air and work up an appetite for The Big Meal. Put on every year by the Shasta Regional Medical Center, the Turkey Trot raises money for local organizations and last year divided $45,000 between the Good News Rescue Mission and One Safe Place....  Read More
CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING
By | 11/22/2013
The crunch of snow underfoot, the smell of fresh pine, the satisfaction of taking Christmas into your own hands.... If you haven't cut your own Christmas tree in one of the beautiful forests surrounding Redding, this is your year! Sure, there's something nostalgic about the classic 'parking lot tree lot', with its temporary strings of lights, cold father-son team selling and strapping firs to cars ranging from capably large to questionably compact, and of course the last minute Christmas Eve price drops. But how much more fragrant and agreeable will your tree be when you get it right from the source?...  Read More
A CASCADE CHRISTMAS
By | 11/22/2013
Singing, dancing, lavish sets, and more holiday spirit than one theatre can barely contain: it must be time for A Cascade Christmas! Reminiscent of the famous Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Redding's signature holiday extravaganza "takes the audience on a magical journey of the holiday traditions we all have come love." More than 30 singers and dancers of all ages will take to the stage as toys in Santa's workshop who have come to life and as elves preparing for Santa's big day. The show is presented by the Cascade Theatre and directed by Jana Pulcini-Leard, who previously brought Hairspray and Fiddler On...  Read More
REDDING WELCOMES JIM GAFFIGAN: THE WHITE BREAD TOUR
By | 11/22/2013
"Just looked in the mirror and sneezed. Now I'm afraid I might be allergic to handsome." "Clearly Brussels sprouts are some kind of cruel joke by God." "Bedtime conversation with my 7 yr old son... Son: Dad, can you die from eating poop? Me: I think so, yes. Son: Uh oh. Me: Why? Son: No reason." "I can't wait to find out what I'll feel horrible about next week." "I'd shave my head but I don't feel like looking like a potato." And so it goes, when you're in the company (or on the Twitter feed) of Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling comedian and New York Times bestselling...  Read More
A REDDING THANKSGIVING AT C. R. GIBBS
By | 11/19/2013
Happy November! It is hard to believe but Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. After a journey into Redding kick back and relax with family and friends and let C.R. Gibbs take all the work out of Thanksgiving. A Redding Thanksgiving meal does not get more authentic than C.R. Gibbs. A favorite for locals, C.R. Gibbs American Grille offers a variety of dishes that are sure to delight the palates of everyone in your party. With beautiful indoor and outdoor patio dining, outstanding service, and a family friendly environment C.R. Gibbs is a great location to relax with family and...  Read More
INDEPENDENCE DAY 2013
By | 07/04/2013
Freedom Festival in ReddingHappy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear United States of America, Happy Birthday to you! Looking for a great place to celebrate the 4th of July without all the congestion of the big city? Search no further than Redding, CA. With the largest fireworks display in Northern California Redding is prepared to celebrate 237 years of our nation's independence. Enjoy Redding all weekend long this fourth of July!On July 3rd kick off your Independence Day celebrations early this year at "Anderson Explodes." The early bird fireworks show is just 20 minutes south of...  Read More
CALIFORNIA 100 - CALIFORNIA'S FIRST ULTRA MARATHON PADDLING EVENT 2013
By | 05/24/2013
California's first ultra-marathon paddling event will splash down the Sacramento River on May 25th. Now most everyone has heard of ultra marathons these days, but the real question is what do you know about paddle sport marathons? The popularization of paddle boarding has spawned a watery twist on ultra marathon events; instead of running try racing on a stand up paddle board, canoe, kayak or any other form of water craft. While popular on the east coast paddle sport marathons are just catching on out west. Be among the first Californians to join the newest form of ultra marathon. California's first...  Read More
REDDING UNRESTRICTED 2013
By | 04/26/2013
Well April 15th came and went and so many of our wallets and bank accounts are lighter than we had expected. Maybe that big vacation to Hawaii or the cross county road trip may not happen this summer. But there will always be mini-vacations! And this weekend is the perfect time to escape to Redding, California. So book a room a in Redding this weekend and enjoy all there is to do in Northern California. Because it is just time to get out the big city and enjoy the beauty and adventure of the outdoors.  Redding Unrestricted kicks off Saturday morning, April...  Read More
WHAT'S NEW!
By | 03/03/2012
For all those equestrian enthusiasts, we have some great improvements for you to know about! Lassen Volcanic National Park has made some enhancements on their stock corrals. The corrals and associated campsites are located at Butte, Juniper, and Summit lakes. Each facility now has two separate metal panel stock corrals with gates and watering troughs. The new metal panels are a major improvement from the former rope corrals that served for many years.  What else do they offer you ask? Each stock corral offers a group campsite containing a picnic table, food storage locker, fire ring, and vault toilet facilities....  Read More
HAPPY FRIDAY!
By | 02/11/2012
Happy Friday fellow readers!   Yes, it is actually February, but the weather has been fantastic! Take advantage of this beautiful weather and walk, hike, run, or bike the trails of Redding. Not sure where to find these? Well, we're here to make things easy for you. Click here and we'll take you there! When we say we'll make it easy, we mean we'll give you the trail heads, mileage, difficulty, pictures, and the trail amenities. Now all you have to do is get out there and have some fun! We hope you have a great weekend and let us know how...  Read More
WELCOME THE YELLOWS, ORANGES, AND REDS!
By | 09/21/2011
Now that summer is coming to an end...yes, we will miss you summer... the magnificent fall colors are starting to make their appearance! We encourage everyone, visitors and locals, to take some drives, hikes, bicycle rides, and strolls around Redding. The Redding Team has been working hard to keep the trail site up to date with awesome photos and information of the spectacular trail system Redding has to offer. If you're looking for an awesome fall outdoor experience, these are the trails for you.  Although its fall season pretty much everywhere in Redding, Lassen Volcanic National Park has a different color palette...  Read More


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