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A bike ride across the Sundial Bridge in Redding, Ca
Two people hiking next to a lake at Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Kayaking and paddleboarding at Shasta Lake
Middle McCloud Falls
Kyle Sheppard
A family at Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark in Redding, CA.

Frequently Asked Questions

We think planning your Redding vacation should be as fun and easy as, say, catching a trout under a giant sundial on a clear winter day. So whether you want to know where in the world this Redding place is, or you know exactly where you’re going but not what you’re doing, we have answers for you!

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Where is Redding, CA?

Redding is a 3-hour drive northeast of San Francisco and sits in the heart of Northern California as a midpoint from the two-hour drive north of Sacramento and south of Medford, Oregon. Interstate 5 runs right through the middle of the city, making it an easy addition to any west coast itinerary.

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How can I travel to Redding?

Road trip! Interstate 5 and several other highways pass through or very near Redding. If you’re more into wings than wheels, fly into the Redding Municipal Airport through San Francisco or Los Angeles, or land in Sacramento (SMF) and catch a shuttle. Of course, if you're very rugged, the Pacific Crest passes very near Redding, so you could always walk here.

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What are some things to do in Redding?

If outdoor adventures were foods, Redding would be the buffet at the Caesar’s Palace. (We have buffets and casinos, too.) Our hiking, paddling, cycling, fishing, climbing, boating, geocaching, and winter sports all draw fanatics to Redding. We even have glaciers and caves! With nearly 50 waterfalls in the area, hiking is a popular activity and visiting the 11 state and national park designations in the region.  Visit our Things to Do page for more information.

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I’m not really into extremes. What else is there to do in Redding?

If you’re slower of pace, our 225+ miles of walking trails, as well as beaches, botanical gardens, and parks offer fresh air with minimal effort.  Redding also has shopping, museums, and performing arts venues if you like to stay indoors.

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Is anything cool happening while I’ll be visiting?

Most likely! Check out our events calendar, and see who’s performing, competing, cooking, etc. while you’re here.

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What is the weather like in Redding?

Redding is the second sunniest city in the United States! We have 300+ sunny days a year, so you can have fun year ‘round. It’s not “always hot” - we have hot, dry summers (perfect excuses for going to the lakes or river), and we enjoy beautiful spring times, amazing autumns, and mild winters. 

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Is there stuff for kids to do in Redding?

Yes, but only for kids who like to have fun. Redding is a great place to bring kids! Get them on the water in a raft or on a SUP, rent a tiny bike for your tot, or let a friendly guide teach them how to fish. Kids love the aquarium, art exhibits, and hands-on science installations at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, and they can cut loose on the slides at Water Works Park. Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark will give them an unforgettable experience, and there are programs for all ages at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Shasta State Historic Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Older kids will enjoy the free “Dam Tour” at Shasta Dam, if for no other reason than to goof around with the word dam. When you think about it, Redding is probably more family-friendly than Disneyland, because you won’t have to pay $12.95 for a bottle of water, and the parking is free. Visit our Family Friendly page for more information.

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What are the best places to eat in Redding?

Redding is a very convenient and affordable place to be hungry. If what you’re craving is ‘across town’, you’re only 15 minutes away. Grab-and-go because the trails are calling, or order that second bottle of wine because there is nowhere you’d rather be than on the patio overlooking the river: it’s all in our dining guide, which includes everything from national chains to Redding original restaurants, breweries, wineries, and coffee shops.

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What are the places to stay in Redding?

Well, what are you looking for? Redding's accommodations range from luxury RV parks to riverside bed & breakfasts, and of course: 2,000+ hotel rooms to choose from. Find your good night’s sleep at our Places to Stay page.

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Is Redding pet-friendly? What kind of pet-friendly things can I do in Redding?

Redding is very dog-friendly! Almost all our 225+ miles of trails allow dogs, and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is one of the few national parks that lets your fur-buddy explore alongside you. Of course, several hotels, RV parks, and B&Bs will welcome Fluffy with open arms, too. Get more information on our Pet Friendly page.

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What is the public transportation setup like in Redding?

The Redding Area Bus Authority, or RABA, can help you get around and see the sights. There are also cab companies and ride shares waiting for your call. Go to our Transportation page for more information.

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Is Redding a safe place for visitors?

Redding is a very safe area, and visitors can expect a non-dangerous vacation. (Except for maybe dangerously fun!) However, crime exists in all cities so you can do your part to stay safe by keeping your gear and valuables secured and not skulking about in the dark. Still have a concern? Check out our safety tips page for some tips to make sure you get the most our of your vacation!

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Why move to Redding, CA?

Your first step is to visit! Explore everything Redding has to offer, and find out if it's right for you. (Although we're betting you'll fall in love with it as much as we have, and be pleasantly surprised with all our city and area offers for an ideal lifestyle!) If you're looking for more detailed information on demographics, popular trades, and business ideas -- or you've made up your mind already to move -- we suggest getting in touch with the Redding Chamber of Commerce or the Shasta EDC for more valuable information. They love inviting new people to our community and helping them be successful, and will be happy to help!

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What is it like living in Redding, CA?

If you want a small town feel but still live in a city, Redding is the place for you. The work-life balance in Redding is ideal if you like having plenty of things to do outside of work. Redding can provide you an excellent quality of life due to the abundance of recreation opportunities -- any great outdoor activity you can practically imagine is at your fingertips. Plus, there are events for all personalities, enough locally owned and award-winning restaurants, breweries, wineries, and coffee shops around to keep you taste buds fulfilled. As the hub city in UpStateCA, Redding offers an enjoyable lifestyle. The cost of living hovers around the national average. On the work side, if you're interested in starting a business or moving your business to Redding, the Shasta EDC and Redding Chamber of Commerce have a lot of great resources to make you successful.

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I have a feeling I’ll have more questions once I get there. Where can I find more information about Redding?

There’s a visitor information center at 1321 Butte St, STE 100, Redding, CA 96001. There you'll find maps, brochures, and nice people to talk to and help you plan the perfect vacation. Check out our Visitors Center page for more details.

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