Visitor Guide

Famous Sundial Bridge, Picturesque Lakes, & a Recreational Paradise

Redding proves irresistible to vacationers and transplants alike. Redding is California’s largest California city north of Sacramento and is a recreational hub with essentials such as parks, shopping, theaters, golf, dining, and city trails. Redding boasts everything from world-class fishing on the renowned Sacramento River to the artistic and educational Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The internationally-renowned Sundial Bridge stretches over the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail as part of Redding’s 36 mile network of trails enjoyed year-round by pedestrians and cyclists of all stripes. Just west of town is the historic mining settlement of Old Shasta State Park, and immediately beyond that is Whiskeytown Lake, a favorite for skiing, sailing and windsurfing, picnicking and camping, as well as fishing, hiking, and horseback riding along its 36 miles of shoreline. The lake and its surrounding hills are dedicated as a National Recreation Area and the 220 foot Whiskeytown Falls are a destination in and of themselves.

Being that Shasta Lake is the largest lake in California, it’s no surprise that it offers a wide variety of vacation experiences. Shasta Lake, holds the title of “Houseboat Capitol of the World”. In addition to houseboating, several lakeside resorts, RV parks, and B&B inns provide a relaxing vacation alternative to get away from it all. The lake was formed by one of the engineering marvels of the 20th century: Shasta Dam, the tallest center overflow dam in the world. Dam tours are free, available daily. Another attraction on the lake is Lake Shasta Caverns, dated at least 200 million years, and formed by flowing water. Over the years the water drained leaving the caverns as seen today. The caves are made entirely of limestone and feature every type of possible formation, including stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, columns and flowstone.

North of Shasta Lake, the Sacramento River extends into one of the best trout fishing streams in California. Northern California is truly a fishing paradise and just about any of its cities and towns can provide interested visitors with equipment, advice and directions to the best waters. To the south of Redding, Anderson and Cottonwood- also located along the Sacramento River - provide small town atmospheres reminiscent of a bygone era. Cottonwood is considered a step back into yesteryear with its good-neighborly, cowboy downtown, quaint eateries and several antique shops.

Scenic vistas, cool mountain air, rich agricultural land & trout-filled streams combine pleasantly in Eastern Shasta County. Beautiful lakes, such as Lake Britton, Big Lake, Fall River Lake, & Eastman, Crystal and Baum Lakes all accommodate activities such as sailing, water skiing, and fishing. The Fall River valley, containing rich fertile soils, clean air, spring waters, and a crisp climate, produces 25% of the world’s wild rice. The town of Fall River Mills proudly plays host to one of the region’s beloved museums, the Fort Crook Museum, which preserves the 150-old log buildings built to serve the outpost. Shasta County’s eastern region also boasts the town of Burney, a humble logging town now developed into a popular destination, and only a few minutes from McArthur- Burney Falls Memorial State Park. The park, along with the Pacific Crest Trail and numerous unequaled attractions, all help make Eastern Shasta Country a recreation paradise.

Heading east on Highway 44 from the Sacramento Valley, you’ll find the northern entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park, home to Manzanita Lake and the Loomis Museum. Just north of the park is Hat Creek, famous for its spring fed waters and abundant rainbow trout. Numerous volcanic features in the area are highlighted by Subway Cave, an underground, easily-explored phenomenon. Campgrounds and picnic areas adjacent to the creek provide for memorable weekend getaways or perfect stops for a quick lunch.

For further information contact the Redding Visitor's Bureau, Shasta Lake Chamber of Commerce, Burney Chamber of Commerce or Fall River Valley Chamber of Commerce

Lake Shasta Caverns
Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark - A trip to Shasta Caverns is ‘Three Adventures in One!’ Enjoy a scenic catamaran cruise across Shasta Lake, a fun bus ride to the cave entrance, and an information-filled tour of what some geologists consider one of the most beautiful limestone caves in the USA!
Shasta Lake/Shasta Dam
Shasta Lake is the largest recreational reservoir in California. The lake is considered the “Houseboat Capital of the World” offering basic campers on pontoons, to floating luxury condominiums. Dam tours are free, available daily.
Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Located in Redding, the Sundial Bridge is one of California's most unusual icons. This 720-foot-long translucent glass pedestrian bridge spans the Sacramento River and is the trailhead for Redding's extensive Sacramento River National Recreation Trail.
Castle Crags State Park
Castle Crags State Park's awe-inspiring granite towers and spires were formed 200 million years ago by volcanic activity. While Crags Trail is a steep hike, perseverance is rewarded with breathtaking views of the Crags and Mount Shasta.
McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park
Theodore Roosevelt called McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park the “eighth wonder of the world” with its magnificent 129-foot Burney Falls, which flows at 100 million gallons of water every day.
Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association
1699 HWY 273, Anderson, CA 96007 | (P) 530-365-7500 | (F) 530-365-1258
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