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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
ARMANDO'S GALLERY HOUSE - A REDDING DINING EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER
By Dan Shepler | 07/24/2018 Art & Culture, Cultural District, Downtown, Downtown, Food and Drink, Redding Originals, Shows & Performances, Things to See and Do
The old adage of don't judge a book by its cover couldn't be more of a fit when it comes to Armando's Gallery House. If you are looking to add something to your list of Top 10 things to do in Redding, Armando’s is one of the most unique and flavorful dining experiences that I have ever had. It is a dining experience that you will never forget. With a gallery style interior and a menu that changes every week and has yet to be repeated. Its 5-star rating on Facebook with over 150 reviews should be proof enough about...  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
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 perfect spots for people unable to hike. In fact, eight miles west of...  Read More
7 REASONS REDDING, CALIFORNIA NEEDS TO BE ON YOUR TRAVEL RADAR
By Redding CVB | 06/22/2018 Biking, Cultural District, Downtown, Downtown, Family Friendly , Fishing, Food and Drink, Fun and Free, Gear, Great Outdoors, Guides, Hotels and Motels, Lakes, Local Breweries, Lodging, Pet Friendly Activities, Pet friendly dining, Rivers, RV Parks, Skiing/Snowboarding, Snow Play, Snowmobiling, State & National Parks, Swimming, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Trails, Waterfalls, Waters, Winter Activities, X-Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing
Redding is an absolute bullseye for outdoors adventure. This Northern California city is surrounded by seven National Forests and is about an hour’s drive from Lassen Volcanic National Park. The Sacramento River flows through the city and the Cascade Range foothills provide the beginnings of a mountainous landscape that extends north to Canada. 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...  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
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