2014 is the year of explorations: checking out new places, discovering hidden gems, adventuring in ways unexpected. Topping the list of “must explore” in Northern California? Redding.
Ranked the second sunniest city in the nation
, it’s the perfect year-round destination for off-the-beaten path affordable adventures. Famed for being cradled by spectacular scenery—both Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen are visible from town—and the sublime Sacramento River slicing right through it, Redding is a dreamland for hikers, bikers, and those keen to visit epic national and state parks. Choose from over 200 miles of paved and natural trails
all within 10 miles of the city center. Redding’s Sacramento River National Recreation Trail system includes one of California’s premier multi-use paths—a 17.4-mile scene-stealer running from the historic Shasta Dam to the iconic Sundial Bridge
(yep, the bridge really is a sundial!). As home to the largest trout river in California, Forbes
ranks Redding as the only Top 10 West Coast fishing destination
in North America. It’s also the best basecamp for day trips to Lassen Volcanic National Park (where trails lead to bubbling mud pots, boiling lakes, and majestic vistas) and Castle Crags State Park, with its unmatched views of Mount Shasta. 2014 is your year to explore. Redding, set, go!
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