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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

Visit Northern California State & National Parks

Redding is the ideal launching point for your tour of national and state parks in California.

Just minutes from Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is an outdoor lover’s paradise with majestic waterfalls, sandy beaches, hundreds of miles of trails to explore, and year-round boating and paddling.

Just east of Redding is the unique Lassen Volcanic National Park, with mountain scenery reminiscent of Yosemite and thermal wonders similar to Yellowstone, without the crowds. Adventurers enjoy the trails while others relax with lakeside strolls and birdwatching in flowering meadows. In the winter, the park offers cross-country skiing and free snowshoe tours. The park’s summertime Dark Sky Festival draws stargazers from all over the West.

To the north Castle Crags State Park towers above waiting for eager hikers to explore the 28 miles of hiking trails. If you take on the 5.5-mile, 2,000-foot elevation gain, Castle Dome Trail you will be rewarded with some of the most breath-taking views Mt. Shasta, the Grey Rocks, and Castle Dome.

Take the Redding Adventure Challenge
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…
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Your Guide to the Best Kayaking in Redding, CA
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.
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10 Kid-Friendly Outdoor Adventures in Redding, CA
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…
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10 Lakes, Rivers, Pools, and Swimming Holes Where You Can Cool Off in Redding, CA
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.
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10 Things to do for $10 or less when visiting Redding
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…
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Hiking to Kings Creek Falls in Lassen Volcanic National Park
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…
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3 Hikes to Lose Yourself in Nature in Lassen Volcanic National Park
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…
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Redding -- your perfect getaway for hiking adventures and an outdoor vacation
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…
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10 Amazing Waterfalls to See in Northern California
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…
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10 Awesome National & State Park Day Trips Worth Taking from Redding
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.…
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How to Plan a Perfect Couples Getaway in Redding
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.…
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The 11 Best Hikes in Northern California
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…
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8 Fun Winter Activities for the Whole Family in Redding, CA
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…
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Top 7 Attractions You Want to Cross off Your Bucket List in Redding, CA
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…
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Exploring the Undiscovered Gems of UpState CA With Redding as Your Home Base
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…
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10 Extreme Adventures to Try on Your Next Trip to Redding, CA
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…
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6 Can't-Miss Outdoor Experiences That You Can Only Have in Redding, California
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…
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The Ultimate Guide to Lake & Water Life in Redding
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Explore Waterfalls in Every Direction from Redding
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…
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Kayaking Whiskeytown Lake in Redding needs to be on your summer bucket list
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…
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Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park
Ahjumawi Lava Spring State Park is an outdoor area with an abundance lava rock. The park features over twenty miles of park trails by which to explore the area. The park is located in remote northeastern Shasta County and can only be reached by boat. Visitors can launch into Big Lake at… More Information
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Castle Crags State Park
Castle Crags State Park is named for 6,000-feet tall glacier-polished crags and offers fishing in the Sacramento River, hiking in the back country, and spectacular views of Mt. Shasta, the grey rocks and, of course, the crags. Whether you need breathtaking views or just a pleasant walk in nature, Castle… More Information
Castle Crags Road,
Castella, CA
Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark
A trip to Shasta Caverns is ‘Three Adventures in One!’ Enjoy a scenic catamaran cruise across Shasta Lake, a fun bus ride to the cave entrance, and an information-filled tour of what some geologists consider one of the most beautiful limestone caves in the USA! More Information
20359 Shasta Caverns Road,
Lakehead, CA
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Less than an hour's drive from Redding sits beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park boasts incredible mountain scenery reminiscent of Yosemite as well as fascinating thermal wonders similar to Yellowstone with just a small fraction of the visitors, making it one of our favorite California National Parks. Lassen… More Information
Hwy 36E,
Mineral, CA
Lava Beds National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and… More Information
1 Indian Well Headquarters,
Tulelake, CA
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
The centerpiece of McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is 129-foot Burney Falls. The waterfall, which is fed by underground springs and flows at 100 million gallons every day, can be enjoyed from above at lookout point. But for a more refreshing perspective, take the trail to the pool at the… More Information
Hwy 89,
Burney, CA
Sacramento River National Recreation Trail
The Sacramento River Trail, which crosses the world famous Sundial Bridge in the heart of Redding, and the Sacramento River Rail Trail, which extends north all the way to Shasta Dam and sits alongside an historic abandoned railway, have both been designated as National Recreation Trails in the National Trail… More Information
777 Auditorium Drive,
Redding, CA
Shasta State Historic Park
Six miles west of Redding a row of old, half-ruined, brick buildings remind passing motorists that Shasta City, the "Queen City" of California's northern mining district, once stood on this site. These ruins and some of the nearby roads, cottages, and cemeteries are all silent but eloquent vestiges of the… More Information
Hwy 299,
Shasta, CA
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
The temple is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. On display are art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. This Taoist temple is still a place of worship and a fascinating look into the role played by Chinese immigrants in early California… More Information
630 Main Street,
Weaverville, CA
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
This place has more than just a great name! Eight miles west of Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located at the juncture of the Klamath Mountain range and the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley, making it home to a special collection of plant and animal life, and year-round… More Information
14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive,
Whiskeytown, CA
William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park
William B. Ide wrote the proclamation that established the short-lived California Bear Republic in 1846. It lasted 22 days. Ide recognized the opportunities available to him in the West and as a surveyor, miner, treasurer, district attorney, deputy clerk, and judge, provided support and leadership to this northern part of… More Information
21659 Adobe Rd,
Red Bluff, CA

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