Description: Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Sundial Bridge is an architectural marvel! The glass decked, cable-stayed cantilever suspension bridge reaches 217 feet into the sky, spans 710 feet across the Sacramento River, and forms a working sundial. As an environmentally-conscious structure, Sundial Bridge was intentionally constructed without river footings to leave the salmon-spawning habitat undisturbed. While world-renowned and environmentally sensitive, Sundial Bridge also inspires onlookers with it's "bird in flight" design, symbolizing overcoming adversity.
Since its grand opening on July 4, 2004, Sundial Bridge has functioned as a gathering place for locals and travelers. Located near downtown Redding, the pedestrian bridge also provides an easily-accessible entry point for Redding's extensive trail system, perfect for hiking, walking, mountain biking, or cycling.
East of Sundial Bridge stands Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Museum, a park dedicated to education and fun. To the west Turtle Bay's McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens graces the area with 20 acres of mediterranean-climate garden display. South of Sundial Bridge, the Civic Auditorium hosts concerts, festivals and more. See the Sundial Bridge webcam!
The Sundial Bridge in Redding is one of only two bridges in the United States designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. It is a cantilever spar cable-stayed pedestrian bridge that spans the Sacramento River and forms the world's largest sundial. The 217 foot pylon of the bridge points due north at a cantilevered angle, allowing it to serve as the gnomon of a mammoth sundial that casts its shadow on a large dial plate on the bridge's north end. The tip of the shadow moves at a speed of approximately one foot per minute, so the Earth's rotation can be seen with the naked eye! The bridge is over 700 feet long and crosses the river without touching the water. The deck is surfaced with translucent glass which is illuminated from beneath and glows aquamarine at night. This decking casts less of a shadow on the river below and, along with the fully suspended surface, minimizes impact on the delicate salmon spawning grounds in the river.
Driving Time: 5 minutes from most Redding-area lodging properties How Much Time To Spend: It takes about 15 minutes to walk across the bridge, stopping along the way to take in the beautiful scenery and watch the wildlife. On the other side, you can walk under the bridge to feel the cool