Aerial view of the Sundial Bridge and Sacramento River in Redding, California.
Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge in Redding, California
Two woman toasting at Lake Shasta Dinner Cruise in Redding, California.
Conference event at Redding Civic Auditorium in Redding, California.
Aerial view of the Sundial Bridge and Sacramento River in Redding, California.
Sheraton Redding Hotel at the Sundial Bridge in Redding, California
Two woman toasting at Lake Shasta Dinner Cruise in Redding, California.
Conference event at Redding Civic Auditorium in Redding, California.

Frequently Asked Questions

We think planning your Redding vacation should be as fun and easy as, say, catching a trout under a giant sundial on a clear winter day. So whether you want to know where in the world this Redding place is, or you know exactly where you’re going but not what you’re doing, we have answers for you!

Where is Redding, CA?

Redding is a 3-hour drive northeast of San Francisco and sits in the heart of Northern California as a midpoint from the two-hour drive north of Sacramento and south of Medford, Oregon. Interstate 5 runs right through the middle of the city, making it an easy addition to any west coast itinerary.

How can I travel to Redding?

Road trip! Interstate 5 and several other highways pass through or very near Redding. If you’re more into wings than wheels, fly into the Redding Regional Airport (RDD) from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, or Burbank. Of course, if you're very rugged, the Pacific Crest passes very near Redding, so you could always walk here!

What are some things to do in Redding?

Redding is your perfect HQ to chase adventure! Our hiking, paddling, cycling, fishing, climbing, boating, and winter sports all draw outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels to Redding. With nearly 50 waterfalls in the area, hiking is a popular activity as well as visiting the 8 state and national park designations in the region. Visit our Top 10 Attractions page for more information.

I’m not really into extremes. What else is there to do in Redding?

If you’re slower of pace, our 225+ miles of walking trails, as well as beaches, botanical gardens, and parks offer fresh air with minimal effort.  Redding also has shopping, museums, and performing arts venues if you like to stay indoors.

Is anything cool happening in Redding while I’ll be visiting?

Most likely! Redding has a number of fun events you can catch all year. Head over to the Cascade Theatre, Redding Civic Auditorium, Axiom Repertory Theatre, or Riverfront Playhouse for concerts, comedy shows, and plays running year-round. In spring the streets of Redding fill with classic cars for the annual Kool April Nites car show, and the entire town brings the western spirit for the Redding Rodeo in May. In the summer, check out the Shasta District Fair, or come see the Freedom Festival light up the summer skies on the 4th of July. The streets of Downtown Redding come alive with music in the fall for the Redding Roots Revival music festival, and in the winter you can get in the holiday spirit at the Redding Garden of Lights

What is the weather like in Redding?

Redding is the second sunniest city in the United States! We have 300+ sunny days a year, so you can have fun year ‘round. It’s not “always hot” - we have hot, dry summers (perfect excuses for going to the lakes or river), and we enjoy beautiful spring times, amazing autumns, and mild winters. 

Is there stuff for kids to do in Redding?

Yes, but only for kids who like to have fun. Redding is a great place to bring kids! Get them on the water in a raft or on a SUP, rent a tiny bike for your tot, or let a friendly guide teach them how to fish. Kids love the aquarium, art exhibits, and hands-on science installations at Turtle Bay Exploration Park, and they can cut loose on the slides at Water Works Park. Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark will give them an unforgettable experience, and there are programs for all ages at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Shasta State Historic Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Older kids will enjoy the free “Dam Tour” at Shasta Dam (if for no other reason than to goof around with the word dam!)

What are the best places to eat in Redding?

Redding is a very convenient and affordable place to be hungry. (Not to mention a yummy one!) If what you’re craving is ‘across town’, you’re only 15 minutes away. Grab-and-go because the trails are calling, or order that second bottle of wine because there is nowhere you’d rather be than on the patio overlooking the river: it’s all in our dining guide, which includes everything from national chains to Redding original restaurants, breweries, wineries, and coffee shops.

What are the places to stay in Redding?

Well, what are you looking for? Redding's accommodations range from luxury RV parks to riverside bed & breakfasts, and of course: 2,000+ hotel rooms to choose from. Book your good night’s sleep at our Deals and Lodging page.

Is Redding pet-friendly? What kind of pet-friendly things can I do in Redding?

Redding is very dog-friendly! Almost all our 225+ miles of trails allow dogs, and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is one of the few national parks that lets your fur-buddy explore alongside you. Of course, several hotels, RV parks, and B&Bs will welcome Fluffy with open arms, too. Get more information on our Pet Friendly page, or look for the pet-friendly paw print icon across our website.

What is the public transportation setup like in Redding?

The Redding Area Bus Authority, or RABA, can help you get around and see the sights. There are also cab companies and ride shares waiting for your call.

I have a feeling I’ll have more questions once I get there. Where can I find more information about Redding?

Check out the California Welcome Center Anderson as you're heading into town! There you'll find maps, brochures, and nice people to talk to and help you plan the perfect vacation.

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