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Redding, CA

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Redding, California, is a city that's out of the way of the heavily trafficked parts of the state. It's located towards California's northern border, about two and a half hours away from Sacramento and three and a half hours from San Francisco. With about 90,000 people in this city it's an active, social, vibrant place to be.

Getting Around in Redding, CA

Redding, CA, is conveniently located near I-5 opening up much of the Central Valley and Southern California to it's residents. Downtown Redding is walkable, but the majority of residents will need a car.

Walk Score®
Transit Score®
"Minimal Transit"
The average commuter time in Redding is:
10 to 14 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 1.3%
  • 3.64%
  • 0.56%

Activities and Education in Redding

<p>The large Recreation Department in Redding provides renters with opportunities to join sports teams, take art or music classes, learn the basics of web design, or brave the ice cold waters for a wintertime polar bear plunge. There are dozens of different classes and programs each season for toddlers, kids, teens, adults, and seniors. Joining one or two (or a dozen, if you're up for it) of these when you first move into town is a great way to meet some new friends, and get educated.</p>

Breathe in the Mountain Air

<p>Located right at the base of Mount Shasta, the largest (though not the tallest) volcano in the Cascade Range, Redding has some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. A short drive will bring you to the Shasta Trinity National Forest. Visitors can camp in the alpine meadows, hike up to the top of the mountain (which is an impressive 14,179 feet high), fish for trout in the mountain streams, or ski the backcountry when the snow falls. This park is one of the most pristine in California and one of the least visited since it's so far from any large cities in either California or Oregon. There aren't many signs of volcanic activity on Mount Shasta, so visitors to the park (and renters in nearby Redding) don't really have anything to worry about. For a little more volcano themed fun, renters can travel east an hour to visit Mount Lassen, where bubbling sulfur pits and hot springs reveal the life just below this mountain's stoic surface. Make sure to bring your nose plugs along for the hike down to the sulfur pits. Thank to the sulfur, it smells like rotten eggs in this small section of the park!</p>

Take Over the Stage

<p>Lovers of the performing arts won't have to worry about leaving the theater or music scenes behind when they move to Redding. The residents of this mountain town can catch a variety of different kinds of shows over at the Redding Convention Center. Over the years, quite a few big name acts have come into town. The historic Cascade Theatre also hosts live shows, films, and traveling acts. Renters with an artistic streak can meet up with other like minded people (to put on a show or just to have a good time) at one of these venues.</p>