At this point in the year, you probably find yourself forgetting what sunshine felt like. Winter was long, and very, very wet, which made it hard to go outside and play. But spring is coming, and nowhere is that more exciting than in Redding, CA!

The best thing about being the sunniest city on the west coast is that no matter how rainy things get everywhere else, there’s always a warm, bright day coming up in Redding. And this is a city that takes full advantage! Lakes, rivers, and trails abound, so you can shake off the weary winter with your paddle, fly rod, bike, or just your feet. Plan your visit to Redding around Whiskeytown National Recreation Area’s annual Waterfall Week, in mid-April, celebrating the park’s four beautiful falls and the scenic hiking trails around them.

Visit the McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, adjacent to Turtle Bay Exploration Park, and stroll across the glass-decked Sundial Bridge, stretching over the Sacramento River and up into the sky. If the thought of spring revs your engine, get to Redding in time to see 2,000 classic cars roll through town as part of Kool April

Nites’ annual celebration of all things vintage, April 22-30. Explore eco-friendly products and projects at the Whole Earth and Watershed Festival, a huge exhibition of conservation efforts and all-ages entertainment, April 22. Athletes can get their RDA of Vitamin D in Redding thanks to paddling races, regattas, trail marathons, mountain bike races, and even the Color Vibe 5K. Redding is stocked with hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and shopping, so you can bring the whole crew out into the sun. Leave the umbrellas and galoshes at home, just pack a little sunscreen and a lot of energy! Redding, California: Any Adventure, Any Day.


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