The sun is shinning and temps are rising...that's one of the many reasons I love Redding, Ca. With over 252 sunny days a year, it's no wonder most retirees choose to come to Redding. We're not really a tourist destination per se', but set amongst some stand-out natural Northern California attractions there's good reason our beloved Redding sees a steady stream of traffic (and no, it's not just because Interstate 5 runs right past). Perched at the upper end of California's central Sacramento Valley, Redding is surrounded on three sides by dramatic peaks and expansive forests; between Mount Shasta, the Cascades and the Sierra Nevadas, there's no shortage of hiking or biking trails, downhill or cross country skiing or scenic vistas! (picture courtesy of frugalportland.com):
Do we get crowded in the summer? Oh yes we do. Especially during big holiday weekends. We are a house boating destination - Lake Shasta is our playground!
If you're looking just to hit the main highlights, seek out the "three Shastas". Mount Shasta, one of the most impressive peaks in the country, is a dormant volcano that tops out at over 14,000 feet. Popular with hikers and climbers, this snowcapped peak dominates the skyline for miles around. This, perhaps is my all time favorite photo of Mt. Shasta, posted by themccloudblog.com! It's simply stunning! And then there's Lake Shasta...with all its glory. Houseboating as we said earlier is the main attraction. The man-made lake is contained by Shasta Dam, the second largest concrete structure in the United States and a popular tourist stop in its own right. Click on the link below to see local Yelpers favorite Shasta Dam photos...
Though it doesn't make the official "Shasta" list, also of interest to history buffs is a stop at Shasta State Historic Site, a few miles east of the city, a former Gold Rush town that now lies in partial ruin. Click on the photo below to see the photo gallery:
Surrounded by all this beauty, the town of Redding itself is a quiet and unassuming contrast to the bustle of cities farther south. The Sacramento River passes through town, dividing the city proper from a number of spread-out suburbs. Though a small community by California standards, Redding is stocked with plenty of places for travelers to stay, eat, and shop, and is home to a stand-out area architectural attraction, the Sundial Bridge, a pedestrian causeway designed by renowned architect, Santiago Calatrava.
Check out the list of local attractions we've put together for your enjoyment.