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Redding, California

Population: 90,000

2:20 from Sacramento
3:15 from San Francisco
4:50 from Eugene

Redding - Shasta Cascade mountains

Redding is in far Northern California, where the mountains meet the lake and lots of nationally protected land.

The famous Sundial Bridge in Redding is celebrating its 10-year anniversary from June 20 through July 4, 2014. Spanning the Sacramento River, it’s an architectural attraction, and features one of the world’s largest sundials. The bridge’s shadow is cast upon a large dial to the north and is accurate on the summer solstice every year. The bridge was designed by the noted Spanish architect-engineer-artist Santiago Calatrava.

The popular Market Street Promenade is where locals gather, covering 12 acres with more than 50 local businesses and restaurants. Redding and the entire Shasta Cascade region is extremely dog-friendly, so you can make it a getaway for the entire family.

Redding is the gateway to all kinds of outdoor adventures in Shasta Cascade. Mount Shasta is a volcano that stands over 14,000 feet—the highest peak in Northern California—and is the fifth highest in California proper. It’s always covered in snow, but the best times to hike is June and July.

About 10 miles from Redding is Shasta Lake. Like Mount Shasta, it’s part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and is great for boating, rafting, paddleboarding, and fishing.

Within this region is the very cool Lassen Volcanic National Park. It’s a much less crowded alternative to Yellowstone, boiling over with smoking fumerols and bubbling mudpots, with jagged mountain peaks and crystal clear waters.

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