ReddingRedding, in Shasta County, California, and its surrounding area has numerous outdoor and indoor activities, including two lakes and an inactive volcano within close driving distance. The area offers many parks, hiking trails, and adequate shopping.
Redding is a medium-sized city, and the second largest north of Sacramento after Chico. It is also the county seat and lies along the Sacramento River, an important waterway that provides 35 percent of the state's water. It is the last major city between the start of cascade mountain range slightly north and the Oregon border.
HistoryRedding was founded as Poverty Flats in 1868 during the gold rush, by a former Sacramento mayor named Benjamin Bernard Redding. He built property in the area so that the Central Pacific Railroad could build a train terminal there. While building the terminal they built the city in the same area, naming it Redding after Benjamin Redding.
Since then the town has gone through various periods of rapid growth, followed by slow downs and then more growth. In the early 20th century Redding had a thriving copper and iron extraction industry. However the town struggled in the twenties with the decline of the mining sector. It came back in the 1930s though and boomed in the 1940s due to the construction of Shasta Dam, which caused the population to nearly double. In the 1950s, the area stayed prosperous thanks to the growing lumber industry and tourism that the dam brought. Interstate 5 was built during the 1960s and 1970s. Further helping the surrounding areas economy.
Redding started to decline again in the early 1980s because of the stricter logging regulations put in place by the federal government that essentially crippled the logging industry. The town continued a slow decline throughout the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.
It has had a slight economic resurgence due to increased business from people visiting the megachurch there.
Interstate 5 is the main north-south road through Redding, going as far north as Blaine, Washington (near Bellingham) to San Ysidro, California (a community of San Diego).
Highway 299 is Redding's main link to the coast (namely Arcata) and to northeastern California (Modoc County). It is, however, one of the less-traveled roads because it is very narrow with very sharp curves much of the way.
Highway 44 is the main road to Lassen Volcanic National Park, stretching from Redding in the west to Highway 89 in the east. Many Redding locals go to Lassen National Park using this road in the summer, so that's when it is most crowded. Other times, parts of it are closed due to snow.
By trainAmtrak makes a once-daily stop in Redding at the which is next to the bus terminal at 1620 Yuba St with the following:
- Amtrak Coast Starlight which makes an once daily trip in each direction between Seattle and Los Angeles, serving Klamath Falls, Dunsmuir, Redding, Chico, Sacramento, etc. Trains arrive in the middle of the night. The southbound train arrives at 2:21AM and the northbound at 3:06AM, but delays are quite common too. There are no ticketing or baggage handling services at this location.
Amtrak Thruway Motor CoachConnects Redding (via Red Bluff, Chico, Oroville, Marysville, Suisan-Fairfield, Davis, etc) to the Amtrak San Jaoquins and Capitol Corridor trains in Sacramento and only the San Joaquins Train in Stockton. Tickets on this bus are only available for connections to Amtrak trains. Thruway buses stop at the RABA Transit Center at 1530 Yuba St on the opposite side of the tracks from Redding Station (see below).
By bus, is Redding's central bus station for the local city buses (RABA) and other bus lines. The station is at 1530 Yuba St next to the Amtrak Station. It is served by:
phone: +1 530 241-2070address: 1530 Yuba StGreyhound travels primarily on Interstate 5 between Portland and Sacramento via Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford, Weed, Redding, Chico, Oroville, and/or Marysville. Passengers transfer buses in Portland, Sacramento, Eugene-Springfield, Medford or Los Angeles to reach additional destinations. Some of the buses are direct between Redding and Sacramento. Check schedules.
phone: +1 530 233-6410address: (base address) 111 W North St; Alturas, CaliforniaConnects Alturas to Klamath Falls, Redding, Susanville, and Reno on multiple routes. It may be a shorter way to connect to Klamath Falls and Reno from Redding. Schedules are limited so be sure of the departure and connection times before using this option as they only operate once on Tuesdays to/from Redding.
phone: +1 530 257-1128Connects Susanville to Chester, Red Bluff and Redding. Passengers connect in Susanville to Lassen (County) Rural Bus to continue to other towns in Lassen County or to another SIR or Sage Stage bus (see above) to continue towards Reno from Susanville. Schedules are limited so be sure of the departure and connection times before using this option especially if going to Reno.
Trinity TransitConnects Redding to Weaverville and Willow Creek (in Trinity County). If you need public transportation to these towns, this is where you go. Willow Creek is also served by Redwood Transit System, which goes all the way to Arcata in Humboldt County from Willow Creek. To go one way from Arcata to Redding (or the other way) it costs $24.35 ($4.35 from Arcata to Willow Creek, $10 from Willow Creek to Weaverville, and another $10 from Weaverville to Redding). You can ask driver to confirm the fare for each segment. Schedules are limited so be sure of the departure and connection times before using this option. Passengers transfer buses in Arcata to continue to McKinleyville, Eureka, Crescent City or anywhere along the US-Hwy 101 corridor by the coast.
address: 6751 Woodrum CircleIt is the only commercial airport in Redding. Redding is connected to the San Francisco International Airport by Skywest Airlines dba United Express (which is the only carrier & destination). The airport also features a Chinese restaurant on the second floor (Peter Chu's Skyroom).
By busRABA (Redding Area Bus Authority) is the city bus line in Redding. It also has routes that go to Burney and Anderson. Their central terminal is at 1530 Yuba Street which is also is the place to catch the Amtrak bus and the Greyhound (see "By bus" in the above under "Get In").
Drivers generally cooperate with bicyclists on major roads, but that rule changes dramatically with smaller, less-traveled roads. Other than that, follow the same guidelines on a bicycle as you would in any other city.
ABC Cabphone: +1 530 246-0577
Redding Yellow Cabphone: +1 530 222-1234
phone: +1 530 243-8850address: 844 Sundial Bridge DrTurtle Bay Exploration Park, located along the banks of the Sacramento River, contains a museum and 20-acre (81,000 m²) gardens. The campus features permanent and changing exhibitions highlighting art, history, horticulture, forestry, and natural science.
address: 777 Cypress AveSculpture garden featuring pieces by artists from Redding.
Pilgrim Congregational Churchaddress: 2850 Foothill BlvdDesigned by Frank Lloyd Wright. A bit tucked away, but worth seeing if you're into architecture.
Sundial BridgeIn 2004, the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay was completed. The dramatic pedestrian span was designed by the noted Spanish architect-engineer-artist Santiago Calatrava and links the north and south campuses of the 300-acre (1.2-km²) Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The pylon holds up the bridge support cables and also acts as a sundial (which is accurate only on the summer solstice—June 21 or 22).
Sacramento River TrailA loop trail that starts at the base of the Dieselhorst Bridge, then goes almost to Keswick Dam, crosses a bridge, and goes back. One of the more well-known trails in Redding.
phone: +1 530 246-9550address: 151 N. Boulder DrA children's aqua park in Redding.
phone: +1 530 244-5773address: 11093 Black Marble WayA bowling alley. Good place to meet locals.
phone: +1 530 243-8877address: 1731 Market StRestored historic theater now hosting concerts, performances, and plays.
The Sundial Film FestivalThe Sundial Film Festival is Redding's annual film festival, and awards professional and novice film makers and photographers. Two programs are shown each year; student, animated and assorted films are in the afternoon and the premier films along with photography awards in the evening show
Lemurian Shasta ClassicThe Lemurian Shasta Classic Mountain Bike Race takes place the last weekend of April, includes a long course, intermediate course and short course in the gnarly terrain west of Redding
Whole Earth Watershed FestivalThe Whole Earth Watershed Festival is a day of events focused on the environment, offering vendors, performances and live music and educational opportunities for the entire family. Recycling education, fun-run and farmer's market, are just a few of the additional opportunities the festival offers
Redding Beer WeekRedding Beer Week is an annual celebration of local beers. The event begins with an opening ceremony and beer tasting followed by a week of more than 30 events hosted by local vendors, the closing ceremonies are full of more beer food and live music.
Freedom FestivalThe Fourth of July Freedom Festival takes place at the Redding Civic Center and includes a family friendly day of picnics, food vendors, live entertainment and a large fireworks display set to patriotic music.
Kool April NitesKool April Nites boasts more than 25 years of classic car excitement. This week-long event attracts participants from all over the country and is full of show and shines, The Friday Nite Cruise, music, dances and the car show at the civic center.
Banff Mountain Film Festival World TourBanff Mountain Film Festival highlights outdoor adventure and sports and as part of the international world tour and the Redding event showcases local outdoor sports with a Banff Street Fair on the demonstration block in front of the Cascade Theatre and spotlights local vendors and experts in outdoor fun.
phone: +1 530 223-3575address: 900 Dana Dr
phone: +1 530 221-6270address: 942 Hartnell Ave
phone: +1 530 241-9705address: 1743 California StIt looks pretty shabby on the outside, but the food and service are nothing short of amazing. Be sure to have plenty of the salad: it's also very good. Scallops are wonderful as well, but the main attraction is the steak.
phone: +1 530 244-7663address: 1100 Center StA nice Italian place with good food.
Fratelli's Pizza Parlorphone: +1 530 244-4121address: 1774 California St
phone: +1 530 221-7600address: 2605 Hilltop Dr
phone: +1 530 241-0136address: 1320 Placer St.
Lim's Cafe Chinese and American Foodphone: +1 530 241-9747address: 592 N Market St
phone: +1 530 221-1800address: 1640 Hilltop Dr
phone: +1 530 246-4470address: 1250 Twin View Blvd
phone: +1 530 221-0562address: 2385 Bechelli Ln
phone: +1 530 221-6100address: 2300 Hilltop Dr
phone: +1 530 221-7500address: 1900 Hilltop Dr
phone: +1 530 221-0100address: 1967 Hilltop Dr
phone: +1 530 221-4472address: 850 Mistletoe Ln
- Shasta - approximately west of downtown Redding on Highway 299, Shasta is a Gold Rush-era ghost town, that features an admission free courthouse museum, ruins of several brick buildings, 19th-century cemeteries, short trails, a picnic area, and occasional living history demonstrations.