Redding is in Shasta County in northern California, and is the largest city in California north of Sacramento. It is slightly south of Mount Shasta and Shasta Lake, and provides excellent access to numerous outdoor recreation opportunities.
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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.
Redding is served by Amtrak via its Coast Starlight. Unfortunately, trains arrive in the middle of the night. The southbound train arrives at 2:21AM and the northbound at 3:06AM, but keep in mind that delays are quite common. 1 Redding Station is located just next to the bus terminal at 1620 Yuba St.
The Greyhound bus line serves Redding. It is located at the downtown bus terminal (1530 Yuba St), and the phone number is +1 530 241-2070.
Amtrak also has a bus line that serves Redding at the downtown bus terminal. It only goes to Redding from the south (the southern terminus of the route is Stockton).
Trinity Transit connects Redding, Weaverville, and Willow Creek. If you need public transportation between these towns, this is where you go. Willow Creek is also served by Redwood Transit System, which goes all the way to Arcata and the surrounding area. To go one way from Arcata to Redding (or the other way) costs $24.35 ($4.35 from Arcata to Willow Creek, $10 from Willow Creek to Weaverville, and another $10 from Weaverville to Redding.
Redding Municipal Airport, the only commercial airport in Redding, is located at 6751 Woodrum Circle, on the very outskirts of town off of Airport Rd. It is 2 miles from the Knighton Rd. exit off of I-5 (a bit south of the main Redding exit). The only airport that currently connects to Redding is San Francisco. The airport also features a Chinese restaurant on the second floor (Peter Chu's Skyroom).
RABA (Redding Area Bus Authority) is the city bus line in Redding. It also has routes that go to Burney and Anderson. The terminal is at 1530 Yuba Street, and also is the place to catch the Amtrak bus and the Greyhound.
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 Cab, ☎ .
- Redding Yellow Cab, ☎ .
- 1 Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr, ☎ , toll-free: , e-mail: email@example.com. Monday to Saturday: 9AM - 5PM; Sunday: 10AM - 5PM. A 300-acre park, containing the 200-acre McConnell Arboretum and 20 acres of botanical gardens. The park spans the Sacramento River, whose two sides are linked by one of Redding's most iconic landmarks: the Sundial Bridge, a 700-foot pedestrian footbridge designed by architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava. The Turtle Bay Museum features different hands-on exhibits relating to the history of the Redding area, and two exhibits which change monthly. The Monolith, near the southern end of the park, is Redding's last surviving remnant of when Redding was used as a gravel processing and transport hub for the construction of Shasta Dam. Adults (16+): $16, children (4-15): $12, with senior discount (64+): $12, children 3 and under: free.
- 2 Sculpture Gardens at City Hall, 777 Cypress Ave. Sculpture garden featuring pieces by artists from Redding. Free.
- 3 Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A bit tucked away, but worth seeing if you're into architecture. Free.
- 4 Shasta State Historic Park (Old Shasta) (Approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) west of downtown Redding on Highway 299), ☎ . Th-Su 10AM-5PM (museum). Gold Rush-era ghost town, featuring a courthouse museum (admission fee), ruins of several brick buildings, 19th-century cemeteries, short trails, picnic area, occasional living history demonstrations.
- 1 Sacramento River Trail. A 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.
- 2 Waterworks Park, 151 N. Boulder Dr, ☎ . Monday, Wednesday to Saturday: 10AM - 6PM; Tuesday: 10AM - 10PM; Sunday: 10AM - 8PM. A children's aqua park in Redding. Under 48 inches tall: $15.95, taller than 48 inches: $19.95, children (0-2): free, seniors (63+): $5.
- 3 Shasta Lanes, 11093 Black Marble Way, ☎ . Monday: 12PM - 11PM, Tuesday to Saturday: 12PM - 12AM, Sunday: 10AM - 11PM. A bowling alley. Good place to meet locals. $3.95 a game per person per game, plus $3 shoe rental per person (prices are for open play).
- 4 Cascade Theatre, 1731 Market St, ☎ , toll-free: . Restored historic theater now hosting concerts, performances, and plays.
Redding is a great place to do shopping. Stores are spread out, and most specialize in certain things. There are many plazas lying around, most of which have good shopping. The Mt. Shasta Mall and the area around it are great places if you want large department stores, but if you want to check out local stores, go to the Market St. Promenade. This has, over time, also been part of the old Highway 99, then a covered mall, then an abandoned place where vagrants gathered, and has been remodeled to be what it is now, an uncovered mall.
- Market St. Promenade, ☎ .
- Fat Daddy's Barbeque, 942 Hartnell Ave, ☎ .
- Jack's Grill, 1743 California St, ☎ . Widely regarded as having the best steaks in Redding. It 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.
- Gironda's Restaurant, 1100 Center St, ☎ , fax: . A nice Italian place with good food. The mushroom ravioli is recommended.
- Yaadgar Restaurant, 1545 Placer St, ☎ .
- Angelo's Pizza, 1774 California St, ☎ .
- Best Western Hilltop Inn, 2300 Hilltop Dr, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: .
- Best Western Hospitality House, 532 N Market St, ☎ , toll-free: , fax: .
- Holiday Inn, 1900 Hilltop Dr, ☎ .
- Holiday Inn Express, 1080 Twin View Blvd, ☎ .
- Motel 6 Redding Central, 1640 Hilltop Dr, ☎ , fax: .
- Motel 6 Redding North, 1250 Twin View Blvd, ☎ , fax: .
- Motel 6 Redding South, 2385 Bechelli Ln, ☎ , fax: .
- Oxford Suites Redding, 1967 Hilltop Dr, ☎ .
- Comfort Inn Redding, 850 Mistletoe Ln, ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
Violent crime has been on the rise in Redding for the past 20 years, and it's been getting worse. Many neighborhoods should definitely be avoided, especially the area around South Market Street, the immediate surroundings of South City Park, and the Pine Street Safeway parking lot. You should most likely use caution in other areas as well.
|Routes through Redding|
|Medford ← Shasta Lake ←||N S||→ Anderson → Sacramento|
|Arcata ← French Gulch ←||W E||→ Round Mountain → Alturas|