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Top Hot Spots in Downtown Redding

Redding, CA – November 3, 2016 – Surrounded by mountains, hiking and biking trails, and national parks, and born out of the historic Gold Rush era, Redding is the epicenter of an outdoor paradise for young and old alike. This slice of paradise set at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley also has a vibrant and friendly downtown center. 

“Redding, the hub city of Shasta Cascade, is centrally located in the heart of Northern California’s great outdoors, but what many visitors find surprising is our exciting downtown,” explains Kallie Markle, Communications Coordinator at Visit Redding. “Redding is the largest California city north of Sacramento, so visitors enjoy a food scene featuring new and historic restaurants, wine bars, breweries, exceptional entertainment venues, cozy hotels and unique shops.”

Downtown Hot Spots for Dining and Imbibing 
In Redding, visitors are invited to dine like they mean it. Jack’s, a local hot spot for over 75 years, takes you back in time to enjoy a delicious meal of classic big steaks and perfect martinis. If you are looking for something more on trend, The Dip is one of the newest kids on the downtown Redding blog. Craft cocktails and an impressive craft beer bar are paired with live music, trivia, BINGO, and other fun nightly events. The Squire Room, a reinvention of a Redding classic, is a tasteful throwback to the 1960s, complete with red velvet and JFK photos on the walls. Visitors will enjoy tons of personality, without all the kitsch, and of course: great drinks. Wildcard Brewing Co.’s Tied House is a favorite craft brewery in downtown Redding. It’s BYOM - “bring your own meal” – and the kids can play board games while you enjoy a flight of beer, in the airy, laid back space.

Downtown Night Life and Entertainment Hot Spots
Home to the Redding City Ballet and the North State Symphony, Redding has always been the cultural hub of far northern California. The Cascade Theatre is a historic Art Deco landmark that was beautifully restored as a performing arts venue. The year-round calendar hosts ballet, symphony, and live theater, as well as humorists, chart-toppers, and everything in-between. Downtown Redding is also home to Vintage Wine Bar,presenting live, touring entertainment on a regular basis. Redding’s newest nightlife hot spot is 1724 Downtown Bar & Grille located just across the street from the Cascade Theatre, making it a great option for pre- or post-show drinks. It features a super cool ice bar, cozy booths, and a fun atmosphere. 

If you are fascinated with the past, or just like to visit it, the Shasta Historical Society has lots to offer. Formed in 1930, by a group collecting accounts of then-living pioneers during the Gold Rush days, these accounts published in the newspaper as "The Trails of 49" are among many exhibits at this downtown location. Collecting pioneer stories remains one of the activities of the society, now a larger educational, non-profit organization. 

Stop by the Shasta County Arts Council, in the historic Old City Hall, to browse the latest art exhibits and sign up for a class to make your own masterpieces, or if you’re looking for more of an artistic night on the town, Armando’s Gallery House leaves no sense un-titillated: it’s the passion project of artist and entrepreneur Armando Mejorado, who describes his downtown jewel as a multi-cultural restaurant, gallery, and art class. Mejorado’s paintings and sculptures fill the space, guest musicians and artists perform, films flicker across the wall, and a week’s worth of menu planning comes alive on Friday and Saturday nights. Armando’s theme nights, special occasions, and charitable events have become red-letter days for locals and visitors alike. 

Hot Spot Attractions
There are plenty of hot spot attractions just outside of downtown Redding. For example, the world famous Sundial Bridge, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is an architectural marvel. The glass decked, cable-stayed cantilever suspension bridge reaches 217 feet into the sky and spans 710 feet across the Sacramento River. 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 its "bird in flight" design. The pedestrian bridge also provides an easily accessible entry point for Redding's extensive Sacramento River Trail system, perfect for hiking, walking, mountain biking, or cycling. See the Sundial Bridge for yourself on its webcam!

Turtle Bay Exploration Park stands just a stone’s throw east of Sundial Bridge. This 300-acre campus is located along the banks of the Sacramento River, offering educational and entertaining activities and experiences that interpret the relationship between humans and nature. The park tells the story of the region and its people through a museum that includes the Visible River Aquarium, Native American history and exhibits, and wildlife exhibits, plus Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp, California's largest North American butterfly house (seasonal) and an amphitheater. To the west of the Sundial Bridge, Turtle Bay's McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens grace the area with 20 acres of Mediterranean-climate garden displays, a children’s garden, medicinal garden, and two beautiful and unique water features. 

Overnight Stays for Everyone
It’s not a trip to Redding unless you bring your dog, significant other, daughter’s soccer team, or Uncle Bob, so it’s a good thing Redding’s hotels, RV parks, and bed and breakfasts have something for everyone! If you’re bringing 300 of your peers for an annual meeting of the minds, Redding has convention hotels ready and able to roll the Power Point, but if you just want a quiet weekend with the one(s) who matter most, choose from a riverside bed & breakfast or a fully equipped hotel suite. With options close to dining, entertainment, trails, and the interstate, Redding makes it easy to find accommodations that cap off the perfect trip. 

To discover all that Redding has to offer and additional information about the many things to do in Redding and Shasta Cascade, visit and book your hotel, B&B or RV site today. 


About Redding, CA
Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, Redding is the hub city in Shasta Cascade and is located just two hours north of Sacramento and three hours northeast of San Francisco. Boasting 300+ days of beautiful weather a year, Redding offers outdoor adventure and attractions all year long, along with great wine, food, sporting and cultural events, dining, lodging and entertainment. The great Sacramento River runs through the center of town, helping earn Redding the fame of being America’s “Unofficial Capital of Kayaking” according to Time Magazine. Nearby scenic lakes, rivers, state and national parks, including Shasta Lake, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and Lassen Volcanic National Park, make Redding a fantastic base-camp for exploration in Shasta Cascade, offering Any Adventure, Any Day. Redding is conveniently located at the crossroads of I-5 and California state routes 299 and 44, and is accessible by daily flights from San Francisco. For more information or to order a visitor’s guide, visit, like our Facebook page or find us on twitter at 


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