From garden strolls to kayaking and underground adventures, Redding offers those traveling through northern California an array of activities worthy of a 3-day or longer break from the road. The Sacramento River, Lake Shasta and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area offer outstanding settings for recreational activities.
Enjoy Nature in the Heart of the City
The Sacramento River flows through downtown Redding, creating a beautiful setting for Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the city’s impressive landmark, the Sundial Bridge. In the park, visitors leisurely cross the pedestrian bridge, watch drift boat fishermen pull in salmon, and admire the variety of blossoms and plants in the McConnell Arboretum & Botanic Gardens. For an orientation to the area’s natural and cultural history, they can tour the Turtle Bay Museum.
Go Kayaking Courtesy of Uncle Sam
Kayaking is a sublime way to experience Whiskeytown Lake, and doubly so with a free, ranger-guided tour. Expert commentary about Whiskeytown now submerged below and the ospreys soaring overhead adds to the enjoyment. Located about 8 miles west of Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area offers these free tours throughout the summer. All visitors need to do is make their reservations and pay the daily admission to the park.
Flowstone, helictites and other intriguing cave formations beautify Lake Shasta Caverns, located about 17 miles north of Redding. As visitors travel by boat and bus to the cave entrance, they also get to enjoy the scenery surrounding Lake Shasta, including views of snow-capped Shasta Bally.
Tour a Dam
One of the most stunning views of Mt. Shasta and Lake Shasta can be seen from an overlook on the entrance road to the Shasta Dam and Power Plant. Visitors can also see spectacular views by walking across the dam itself. A free one-hour tour of the Shasta Dam is offered several times a day, year-round, on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors can also watch a free video version of the tour in the Visitor Center auditorium.
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How to Get to Redding, Calif., from Denver, Colo.
Redding is located in northern California. Take Interstate 25 north to Cheyenne, Wyo., Interstate 80 west to Sacramento, Calif., Interstate 5 north to Exit 678, Hwy 44-Eureka. Turn west to go downtown.
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