Redding

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.

Understand

Climate

 Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
 
Daily highs (°F) 55 60 65 71 81 90 98 97 90 78 63 55
Nightly lows (°F) 37 39 43 46 54 62 66 63 58 49 41 36
Precipitation (in) 6.0 5.5 4.4 2.5 1.9 0.7 0.1 0.2 0.6 2.1 4.5 6.3

   Data from NOAA (1981-2010)

Get in

By road

Interstate 5 is the main north-south road through Redding, going as far north as Blaine, Washington (near Bellingham) to San Ysidro, California (a community of San Diego).

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.

By train

Redding is served by Amtrak's Coast Starlight. The southbound train is supposed to arrive at 2:21AM, and the northbound at 3:06AM, but keep in mind that it usually arrives significantly later. It is located just next to the bus terminal at 1620 Yuba St.

By bus

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.

By plane

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).

Get around

By bus

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.

By bicycle

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.

By taxi

See

The Sundial Bridge

Do

Buy

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.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Stay safe

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.

Go next

Routes through Redding

Medford Shasta Lake  N  S  Anderson Sacramento
Arcata French Gulch  W  E  Round Mountain Alturas


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