Labeled the sunniest city in California, Redding has a population of 90,000 and is known for its captivating scenery and vibrant community. Often called the “Jewel of Northern California,” Redding is cradled by Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen with miles of hiking, biking trails and national parks nearby. TIME magazine hails Redding as the Unofficial Capital of Kayaking for its “weird obsession” with all things paddling. This makes the river that runs through the middle of town a highlight of the city. Beyond its captivating scenery, Redding has a vibrant community of exceptional craft coffee shops and breweries, eateries, and tech companies.
Because of Redding’s 300 days of sunshine, locals and tourists alike often enjoy those days on the Sacramento River that flows through the heart of the city. The Sundial Bridge, one of the largest working sundials in the world, is a pedestrian bridge that is world-famous and a California icon. Also, The Fly Shop in Redding is the largest commercial fly distributor and largest fly fishing business in the world. It’s a great place to begin experiencing the Redding outdoor lifestyle. And a day spent fly fishing on the Sacramento River is a day well spent.
Located 8 miles east of Redding, Palo Cedro has become a desirable location for those who desire the best of both worlds in Northern California. With its close proximity to Redding and CA Highway 44, the small town of Palo Cedro is best known for its rural feel and wide open spaces. Recent housing developments like Palo Cedro Oaks are sure to become the next premier neighborhoods for those looking to live the country life just outside of the big city. Palo Cedro has a population of just over 1,100.
This booming city has grown in recent years to become a great residential area for anyone seeking blue skies, mountain views or lake vacations. Anderson is located just 10 miles south of Redding and has a population of just over 10,000. Known for its parks and outdoor life, Anderson is home to the 440 acre Anderson River Park. There you will find recreational facilities, wildlife viewing and miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails through beautiful natural areas. Birds are abundant. Fish even jump out of the water in season. Anderson River Park provides a peaceful getaway for locals and visitors alike. The city of Anderson is an up and coming suburban location that offers an alternative to the larger city of Redding with a smaller town feel.
Shingletown was originally named “Shingle Camp,” for the workers who cut roofing slats from timber to supply miners during the Gold Rush era. Now, Shingletown is a small town located along California State Route 44 in the hills just below Mount Lassen. A few miles away at Mount Lassen, the experience of thrilling landscape, gorgeous sunsets, alpine lakes, wildflowers and a ground that bubbles with thermal features is breathtaking.
With a population of around 2,000, Shingletown has a history of logging large timber, including pine, fir and cedar. Shingletown is located in the wooded foothills in Shasta County between Lassen Volcanic National Park and Redding, California.
“Beautiful and friendly” best describes the town of Burney. Located just 50 miles northeast of Redding on Highway 299 East, Burney is nestled at the base of an extinct volcano called Burney Mountain. The area surrounding Burney offers a host of outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, kayaking and camping. This great little unincorporated area of Shasta County has several areas for fly fishing, with wild brown and native rainbow trout in many nearby rivers and streams, including Burney Creek. Other attractions in the area include McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, home to the Burney Falls.
Right off Interstate 5 lies the historic 19th century frontier town of Cottonwood. It is best known for its old west look and feel. Established in 1849 as a stagecoach town, Cottonwood makes you feel like you have stepped back in time. Front Street is wide enough for a 12 horse team or a herd of cattle to travel through, and Main Street, Old US Highway 99, still retains a 1950’s appeal. Looking for a delightful place for an afternoon picnic? Burnsini Vineyards provides a lovely getaway. Cottonwood is equidistant between Redding and Red Bluff, 15 miles in either direction. It is 4 miles south of Anderson.
Located 31 miles south of Redding, Red Bluff is bisected by Interstate 5 and situated on the banks of the upper Sacramento River. It is the third largest city in the Shasta Cascade region.
Red Bluff is known as the marketing centre for the livestock and farm produce (particularly peaches) of the upper Sacramento River valley. Lumbering and wood industries are also important. The area’s western heritage is remembered each April at its most popular rodeo, the Red Bluff Roundup. Here, the entire town celebrates as they enjoy a parade, wild horses, a chili cook-off and live entertainment.
“Olive City,” located just 17 miles south of Red Bluff, is perhaps best known for its award-winning olive products. With a population of over 7,000, the major local industry in Corning is growing and preparing table olives. Corning also has a significant agricultural industry based on olive oil, dried plums (prunes, including the Sunsweet label), walnuts, and almonds. The annual Corning Olive Festival on the 2nd Saturday in October each year is the longest-running olive festival in the United States. Here, locals enjoy a day filled with historic olive tours, the Lennox Field Car Show, the Olive Festival 5K, an olive spitting contest and barbeque competition. Corning is a family oriented city with a proud heritage.
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