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The beautiful Sacramento River, seen in Redding, California

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Redding is a charming city located more exactly in Shasta County and being its county seat at the same time. Its history goes back to the early 19th century, when members of the United States Exploring Expedition traveled in the area. The name of Redding comes after Pierson B. Reading, the non-native settler who established the city. Later on, the city became incorporated in 1874. Known as "The Jewel of Northern California," Redding is deemed as the greatest city north of Sacramento and, as such, is the center of trade and commerce in the upstate region of northern California. 

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Driving tips in Redding

Redding sits at the north end of the Sacramento Valley on Interstate 5, equidistant between Seattle and Los Angeles. The travel time from Redding to Sacramento Valley is approximately 2 hours and 24 minutes via rental car. The Sacramento River runs through the center of the city, with Shasta Lake and Shasta Dam on the north side of Redding, Whiskeytown Lake which can be found on the west side, and peripheral access to Mt. Shasta, Lassen Peak, as well as the Trinity Alps. 

There are four major highways in Redding. These include the Interstate 5 which runs through the east central portion of this city, the California 299 (formerly known as US 299) which runs through the western, central, and northeastern parts of the city, the California 44 which runs through the middle and eastern part of town and its western terminus is at Market Street (California 273) in downtown Redding, and the California 273 (formerly called as the Interstate 5 Business Route) which is directly through the city.

Best time to visit Redding

The weather in Redding has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, normally with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. During winter (from October to April) the weather seems to be either rainy or foggy and at times, snow occurs. Summers are hot and dry, but rain is possible, usually with a thunderstorm.  Though it rarely gets sleet or freezing rain. Frost happens commonly in December through February, less often in March or November. Redding can have chilly to cold winters too, and during spring, rain is usually typical.

Explore Redding and have fun in a cheap rental car

Do you want to visit Redding but just don't know where to start? Here's some information on the best attractions to visit, things to do and see, places to stay and eat when in the city. There are plenty of water sports activities to try in Redding. These include: whitewater rafting on the Sacramento River, as well as swimming, fishing and sailing on Shasta Lake. Now, when you are ready to dry off, there are also plenty of land-based activities to do, including camping or hiking in the national forests and parks, or you can follow walking trails through the 220-acre arboretum or simply spend time exploring these two fascinating parks: the Shasta State Historic Park and the Turtle Bay Exploration Park. So what are you waiting for? Let new adventures begin!

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Attractions

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Address: 1335 Arboretum Dr, Redding, CA 96003, USA

Contained within its 300 acres you can find an undeveloped arboretum, the Sundial Bridge (which only works on the summer solstice), botanical gardens, a museum dedicated to amphibians, frogs, and snakes, a butterfly garden and a children's garden complete with fountains and play structures. Turtle Bay Exploration Park is the cultural institution where nature intermingles with humans. The museum is dedicated to exploring the relationship between nature and humans, throughout botanical gardens, a natural history and science museum, a forest camp. seasonal animal programs and many history and science education programs.

Waterworks Park

Address: 51 N Boulder Dr, Redding, CA 96003, USA

WaterWorks Park is one of the best providers of family fun in Redding. This amusement park features many slides, which children will particularly love. Bringing your own food is not allowed, though, but you can have a meal here in the park. In a hot summer day, coming here to relax and cool off is definitely a great idea. Take time out to cool down at this aquatic park. It features thrilling water rides, tranquil waterways and a kiddy playground. 

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Accommodation

Best Western Plus Twin View Inn

Looking for a convenient and affordable accommodation in the heart of Downtown Redding, California? Best Western Plus Twin View Inn and Suites, which is situated just a short drive from Shasta Dam and Lake Shasta, is perfect for business or leisure travelers alike. Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the famous Sundial Bridge are also just minutes away. Whether your plans include business, sightseeing, or relaxing at their pool and spa, their complimentary hot continental breakfast is a great way to start your day. You can also enjoy a workout in their fitness center or use their business center to finish that last minute business detail. Even their conference room is available for a variety of uses, classes, meetings and family gatherings. At Best Western PlusTwin View Inn & Suites, their staff understands the needs of their guests and strive to provide excellent customer service, so make your reservation now.

Thunderbird Lodge 

Address: 1350 Pine Street, Redding, CA 96001, USA

Whether it's business or pleasure, the Thunderbird Lodge is your home away from home in Redding, California. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and recreational areas, the recently renovated Thunderbird Lodge is located within proximity to I-5, Hwy 44, Hwy 299 and Hwy 273, so you can be on or off the road within minutes. There are many restaurants within walking distance to satisfy everyone's taste buds. The lodge is less than a mile from great places to explore: Redding Civic Center, Sundial Bridge, Turtle Bay Exploration Park. free Wi-Fi, complimentary continental breakfast, seasonal swimming pool, business services and La Cabana Mexican Restaurant.

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Restaurants & Bars

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

Address:435 E Cypress Ave, Redding, CA 96002, USA

Guadalajara is a nice restaurant in Redding, perfect if you crave Mexican food. Ideally located right off I-5, this location combines an authentic cuisine, charming atmosphere, and friendly services with casual comforts to create memorable experience for our guests. Besides the diverse menu, the waiters will make sure that chips and salsa will keep on coming. Just make sure that you save some space for the entrees. They are delicious! You can explore the amazing Sundial Bridge in Redding just five minutes away, or visit other unique popular attractions like the Shasta Caverns and Burney Falls Memorial State Park.

Jack's Grill

Address: 1743 California St, Redding, CA 96001, USA

Jack's Grill is definitely the restaurant to check out if you want to enjoy some unbelievable steaks. Not only that the steaks are to die for, but this Redding restaurant is housed in a historic building, so you will also be able to learn some interesting facts about the history and heritage of Redding while you're at it. Open for dinner daily except Sunday, Jack's Grill has 17 stools at the bar and seats 46 in the dining room's old-style booths and tables. And despite its modest size, the restaurant can accommodate between 150 and 200 customers every night having been featured in several newspapers and travel guides.

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Top depots in Redding
  • Enterprise Enterprise Redding - 225 E Cypress Ave, Redding, CA. 96002
  • Budget Budget Redding - 2945 Churn Creek, Redding, CA. 96002
  • Hertz Hertz Redding - 773 N Market St, Redding, CA. 96003
  • Hertz Hertz Redding Munc (Off Ap) - 6751 Woodrum Circle, Redding, CA. 96002
  • Avis Avis Redding - 2945 Churn Creek Road, Redding, CA. 96002
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