Escape to Redding, California: Your Ultimate Four-Season Retreat


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Explore Redding: The Sunniest City in California

If you think hot weather means deserts and sand dunes, think again! Contrary to the barren landscapes often associated with warm climates, Redding, California, is surrounded by dense forests, majestic mountains, and warm, inviting lakes. Our Mediterranean climate gives us a true four-season experience, which includes hot summers and mild, wet winters.

Nestled between Shasta Lake and Whiskeytown Lake, along with the added charm of the Sacramento River weaving throughout, Redding has ample opportunity for outdoor recreation as well as a captivating environment to explore. We’re an ideal destination for those looking to escape the bitter cold and we’re closer than most of the other traditional snowbird destinations.

The city of Redding is rich with outdoor recreation, making it a perfect blend of leisure and adventure for those looking to thaw out and do a little more than just basking in the sun. Speaking of sun, we’ve got plenty! Over 300 days of sunshine a year make Redding the sunniest city in California, according to the US National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

Redding is also home to the world-famous Sundial Bridge, which is a glass-bottomed cantilever suspension bridge that everyone can enjoy on foot, paw, or bike. Designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, the Sundial Bridge stretches across the Sacramento River and was engineered not to disturb the salmon-spawning habitat underneath. It’s also the sister to similar bridges in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Seville, Spain. The bridge also acts as a hub for Redding’s vast trail system, with trails through gardens, past rivers, and more branching out from the Sundial. There’s a reason it’s a favorite with locals and visitors alike!

Redding also means rewards! When you book a two-night stay through, you’ll get to choose from over 40 gift cards that can be used for restaurants, rentals, theaters, activities, and more. Redding is also the center of what is called UpState CA, a beautiful and unpopulated region of the Golden State that encompasses eight unique counties, and the pace is slower and less congested than that of other Californian cities.

Want to learn even more? Check out the Choose Redding website, or if you’re in the area, stop by the California Welcome Center. It’s open seven days a week and staffed with friendly local experts who can help you find maps, activity guides, museums, art exhibits, and waterfall hikes and answer any questions you might have. It’s also conveniently located right off one of California’s most traveled highways, Interstate 5, in Anderson and is only closed four days per year.

Everyone is welcome in Redding! Whether you’re traveling by car, plane, or RV, we’ve got room for you. Your fluffy sidekick is also welcome, as Redding is a pet-friendly destination with various accommodating restaurants, lodging properties, attractions, and endless trails. With Redding as your home base, you’ll have access to seven national forests, eight national and state parks, and two active volcanoes—Mt. Shasta and Lassen Peak.

We hope you choose to come and stay a few days or even a few weeks on your next getaway. We think it will be the beginning of new and amazing memories that will last for years to come. So, the next time the mercury drops and you’re searching for your next warm, sunny, and friendly destination—we hope you’ll Choose Redding!

Learn more about Redding and get a free gift card when you book your trip at

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With mountains all around, miles of hiking and biking trails, a river running through it, and national parks nearby, Redding is an outdoor paradise for all. Where better to bring your next group retreat? Over 300 sunny days per year make it easy to hold outdoor events year-round.


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