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Mar 30, 2015

Redding, California 101

Welcome to Redding, California! Located in beautiful northern California, Redding is a mid-size city of about 90,000 ready to serve students and visitors alike.

Redding was originally settled around the year 1000 by Native Americans of the Wintu tribe. Its location in the Pacific Northwest gave quick rise to a healthy economy in the lumber trades, though now its economy is more modern and diverse, spread across range of industries including health care, education, retail and tourism.

As with much of Northern California, the Redding area is ripe with wineries, many of which have shops located downtown that conduct daily tastings. Downtown Redding is considered a vibrant area with shops, restaurants and art galleries.

Most students and visitors to Redding are sure to take part in some of the many outdoor activities the region has to offer. You can hike in Castle Crags State Park or take in the beauty of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, all from the comfort of your car. No visit to the Redding area is complete without a stop at the Sundial Bridge, billed as the largest working sundial in the world. This architectural masterpiece spans the Sacramento River and can be traversed on foot. Just a short drive north is the Shasta Dam, offering free daily tours, year-round.

Sports lovers will want to visit the Big League Dreams Sports Park, where visitors can hit balls in scaled-down, ¾-sized replicas of Boston's Fenway Park, New York's Yankee Stadium and Chicago's Wrigley Field.

Redding has a hot-summer climate with mild, wet winters. Summers are hot and dry, but rain is possible, usually with a thunderstorm. The average high temperatures in March, July and November are 63, 98 and 62 degrees F, respectively.