Population: 87,300 Elevation: 400' Visitors:
Redding Convention and Visitors Bureau, 777 Auditorium
Drive, Redding, CA 9600
Redding, Calif.--Sundial Bridge, the gleaming structure and architectural
wonder that opened on July 4, 2004 in Redding, California has created quite
a buzz. Not only did it help put Redding on the radar for Southern
Californians, it recently became more accessible to 15 million travelers who
can now hop on an Horizon Air flight out of LAX and be in
Redding in just 90 minutes. Horizon Air offers daily flights to and from
Redding for affordable prices. alaskaair.com
While Redding has long been
known as the Houseboat Capital of the West, Southern Californians haven't
enjoyed this region and its assets for easy weekend getaways. With a nine
hour drive by car and 600 miles distance, you need more than two days a
weekend affords to see the region and its attractions.
Horizon Air's new routes to Redding and Eureka
have given a boost to those tired of covering the same ground, same weekend
trips to familiar places and towns.
At the same time the newest
flights have opened, Redding has also enjoyed accolades for the unveiling of
attractions that reflect outdoor themes that Shasta County is recognized for
beautiful mountains, lakes and streams ideal for boating, fishing and
outdoor recreational activities.
With many fantastic hotel
options such as Oxford Suites with its free breakfast, free evening
cocktails and appetizers, free internet service, two televisions, a
refrigerator and microwave in each suite, your stay will be enjoyable and
relaxing. The hotel has a small swimming pool, exercise room, firm beds,
good shower heads and several shopping centers nearby that include a
The Bridge! Designed by
world famous architect Santiago Calatrava of Zurich, Switzerland, the
Sundial Bridge spans the Sacramento River near Redding's
Turtle Bay and Redding Convention Center.
Redding is situated along
the banks of Sacramento River and is nestled between several ranges of
mountains. Framed by nearby Shasta Mountain and close to Lake Shasta, it
offers lake sports such as fishing and water skiing, seasonal mountain
skiing, an annual rodeo and nearby Redwood forests for camping and hikes.
The largest city north of Sacramento, Redding is the
county seat of Shasta County (see map),
and the center for government, retail trade, wholesale trade, commerce and
recreation. Redding, bisected by the Sacramento River, is located along
Interstate 5, equidistant between Seattle and Los Angeles, 160 miles north
of Sacramento and 230 miles north of San Francisco.
Warm dry summers, mild winters and an average 285 days of sunshine provide
enhance the visitor experience. In the summer, days can be quite warm,
however, so be sure to pack a few bottles of water in the car if you are
driving to Redding. Elevations range from
400 to 10,466 feet in Shasta County.
There are numerous major shopping areas including 2 enclosed malls, multiple
major shopping centers and a factory outlet center. National chain retailers
include: Barnes & Noble, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Circuit City, Costco,
Gottschalks, JCPenney, K-Mart, Longs Drugs, Mervyns, Office Max, Rite Aid,
Sears, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreen Drugs, WinCo, Home Depot, Macys, Office
Depot, Ross, ShopKo, Mens Warehouse, FoodMaxx, Safeway, Raleys, Toys R Us,
Best Buy, and more.
Shasta Lake is
located 12 miles north of Redding on Interstate 5. As the largest manmade
lake in California, it features over 365 miles of shoreline and is extremely
popular for houseboats. This "Houseboat Capital of the West" draws more
people to Redding each year than any other attraction. Camping, boating,
picnicking, swimming, waterskiing, and fishing are enjoyed in this vacation
paradise that overlooks Mount Shasta. The average water temperature is 77
degrees and the maximum depth of the lake is 517 feet.
Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay is free of charge to visit and walk on. There
are public restrooms located next to the Turtle Bay Cafe where delicious
fresh salads, sandwiches, soft drinks, coffee and desserts are served in a
casual atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating providing large, sweeping
views of Sundial Bridge. Take
Interstate 5 exit at Central Redding Exit 678, then Hwy 44 West to
Auditorium Drive (Exit 1). Turn right to Turtle Bay Exploration Park.
Sundial Bridge Facts: The Sundial Bridge was completed and opened on July 4, 2004.
Its dimensions are 700 feet long,
23 feet wide and
217 feet high (pylon). The bridge weighs 3.2 million pounds (1,600 tons) and
is composed of steel with galvanized steel cables. The deck materials are non-skid glass panels in steel framework
with granite accents. The foundation consists of 115 tons of rebar,
1,900 cubic yards of concrete and a superstructure of 400 tons of steel. 200 tons of glass and granite
were utilized in deck construction. The bridge contains 4,342 feet of cable
and the pylon is 580 tons of steel.
The Project Team was Architect Santiago Calatrava (Zurich),
Project Manager Omni Means (Redding/Roseville, Calif.),
General Contractor Kiewit Pacific Co. (Vancouver, Wash.),
Steel Fabricator Universal Structural, Inc. (Vancouver, Wash.),
Steel Detailers Tensor Engineering,
Erection, Engineers Buckland and Taylor,
Other Consultants and Contractors Sharrah Dunlap Sawyer, Stimpel-Wiebelhaus,
Northstate Resources, Carr Kennedy Peterson Frost, Coyote & Fox, Pace
Engineering, Shasta Water Action Group, Tom Micoh Engineering Services, and