Enjoy Biking, Boating and Sipping in Redding, California

Redding, California, is a city full of adventure opportunities! Find yourself on an e-bike tour, exploring the city and its surroundings in a fun and eco-friendly way, or out on Shasta Lake with endless opportunities for boating, fishing, water skiing, and swimming. Whatever you decide to do, though, be sure to end your day with a cool beverage from one of the local vineyards or breweries, to reflect on time well spent on your California vacation.
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Redding, California, is a vibrant city nestled in the heart of beautiful Shasta County in the northern part of the state. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty and abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, Redding is a destination that will captivate nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Read on to see what opportunities await you! 

This story was created in partnership with Redding Tourism Marketing Group. Photos by Kirk Rasmussen.

A Sustainable Way to Travel

Women standing with Redding Bike Share e-bikes

Redding offers exciting options for e-bike tours, allowing visitors to explore the city and its surroundings in a fun and eco-friendly way, thanks in part to the community efforts of Shasta Living Streets. Start by renting your e-bike from one of the many Redding Bike Share docking stations around town. From there, you can book a guided tour or explore independently. 

Biker riding past flowers and trees on Sacramento River Trail in Redding, California

The Sacramento River Trail is a popular biking route stretching approximately 17 miles along the Sacramento River. It offers beautiful river views and takes you through diverse natural landscapes. Consider joining an e-bike tour that follows this trail, allowing you to enjoy the scenery and learn about the area’s history and environment from knowledgeable guides.

Woman looking up at Sun Dial Bridge in Redding, CA

Another must-visit attraction in Redding is the iconic Sundial Bridge. Designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, this pedestrian bridge spans the Sacramento River and serves as a gateway to the 300-acre Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The Sundial Bridge is not only an engineering marvel but also a stunning piece of art, offering fantastic views of the river and the surrounding natural landscape.

Sunrise to Sunset on Shasta Lake

Boat on Shasta Lake

One of the biggest draws of Redding is its proximity to the magnificent Shasta Lake, one of California’s largest reservoirs. With its crystal-clear waters surrounded by picturesque mountains, Shasta Lake offers endless opportunities for boating, fishing, water skiing, and swimming. The lake’s shoreline is dotted with numerous marinas and hiking trails, providing visitors with plenty of options for exploration and relaxation.

Images of a patio boat, power boat, and jet ski on Shasta Lake in Redding California

Your first stop is Shasta Marina at Packer’s Bay, where you’ll discover a fleet of watercraft eagerly awaiting your command. Rent a speedboat, pontoon boat, or jet ski to glide across the glassy water. Whether you’re a seasoned boater or a first-time captain, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Shasta Marina will ensure you have all the guidance and equipment you need for a safe and unforgettable experience.

Woman sliding off waterslide on houseboat on Shasta Lake

If relaxation is your ultimate goal, Shasta Marina has you covered as well. Picture yourself aboard a luxurious houseboat, where you can unwind on the spacious decks, soak up the sun, and savor the peace and serenity of your surroundings. With a three-day minimum to book a houseboat, consider renting one of these floating oases as a part of your visit to Redding.

Women cheers on dinner cruise on Shasta Lake

To end your day on the lake, indulge in an unforgettable evening aboard a Lake Shasta Dinner Cruises. Experience the ultimate combination of culinary delights and natural beauty as the boat glides along the lake, surrounded by majestic mountains. Enjoy a romantic sunset cruise or a lively, themed dinner cruise, complete with live entertainment. With impeccable service, mouthwatering local cuisine, and breathtaking views, Lake Shasta Dinner Cruises offer a unique experience that will leave you with lasting memories of your time on the water.

Drink It All In 

Images of Matson Vineyard and wine in glasses in Redding California

While Redding, California, is not as famous as other wine regions in the state, like Napa or Sonoma, the surrounding region of Shasta County and neighboring areas provide unique vineyards and delicious wines for visitors to enjoy. Located on the edge of town, Matson Vineyards is a family-owned winery that produces a variety of wines, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. The winery offers tastings and tours, allowing visitors to learn about the winemaking process and enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding vineyards. This winery is run with the help of a passionate community of volunteers that will welcome you in with open arms and glasses raised. 

People doing yoga pose with beverages in hand

There are also several breweries and pubs that call Redding home. Kelly’s Pub and Wine Bar dubs itself the “grown-up bar,” focusing on providing patrons with a safe space to enjoy a ladies’ night after work or local music and comedy acts after dark. Their outdoor patio space provides misters in the summer and blankets in the winter for year-round enjoyment. They also host fun events like Sip’n’Stretch, yoga with a drink in hand! 

Fall River Brewery beer flight

Fall River Brewery is a popular and well-regarded craft brewery in Redding, also worth checking out. The brewery features a welcoming and inviting tasting room where you can sample their beers to find your favorite. The atmosphere is laid-back and friendly (even for pets!), making it a great place to hang out with friends or meet fellow beer enthusiasts.

Experience the perfect blend of natural beauty, warm hospitality, and a taste of adventure when you visit Redding, California!

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