Located in the heart of northern California, the picturesque city of Redding serves as an outdoor adventure hub for all group travel. Fly into Redding Municipal Airport or drive two hours north on Interstate 5 from Sacramento. The city is also three hours from San Francisco.
Labeled as the sunniest city in California, with more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Redding is surrounded by 14 national and state parks, mountains, volcanoes, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, caves, trails and educational sites with informative guided group tours. Best of all, the lack of traffic makes for effortless accommodations to 22 tour bus-friendly hotels that offer more than 2,000 rooms, conveniently situated near 300+ restaurants and free or low-cost attractions.
At the epicenter of the city is the famous Sundial Bridge, one of the largest working sundials in the world. The glass-decked pedestrian bridge stretches across the Sacramento River, linking the arboretum and botanical gardens to the 300-acre Turtle Bay Exploration Park & Museum, which features interactive experiments and various wildlife exhibits.
Your group can learn about limestone caves on a tour of the Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark. A free, guided tour is also available of Shasta Dam, the largest man-made reservoir in California, which also generates hydroelectric power. For 1860s California Gold Rush history, Shasta State Historic Park has you covered with guided tours of the mining city ruins, courthouse, jail and gallows.
Nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park features all four types of volcanoes in one park and offers the chance to study geothermal activity of steaming fumaroles and bubbling mudpots. It is also a popular spot for hiking trails and waterfalls, just like McArthur-Burney Falls State Memorial Park, where you can see the majestic 129-foot Burney Falls, which flows from an underground spring and pumps more than 100 million gallons of water per day in an aquamarine pool.
The Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park has the oldest Chinese temple in California. On display are art objects, photos, mining tools and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. This Taoist temple is still a place of worship and a fascinating look into the role played by Chinese immigrants in early California history.
South of Redding in Corning, Lucero Olive Oil will provide your group with different flavors, pairings and tastings that are sure to give your taste buds something new to crave. Informative tours of varying lengths of the factory are also available, and you will not want to leave the gift shop without a bottle or two of the best olive oil around.
With mountains all around and natural wonders in any direction, Redding is the epicenter for exploring the undiscovered California. Make Redding a stop on your tour and add authentic America to your itinerary. For more information, phone (530) 225-4010 or visit visitredding.com.