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Redding is in Shasta County in northern California, in the United States. Located on interstate highway I-5, it is the largest city in California north of Sacramento. It is slightly south of Mount Shasta and Shasta Lake.
Interstate 5 is the main north-south road through Redding, going as far north as Blaine, WA (near Bellingham) to Imperial Beach, CA (near San Diego). It's a fast route, and goes through many towns in the Pacific states, but its disadvantage is that it does not go along the actual coast much (except at the very north and south ends). For that, you will need to switch between highways.
Highway 299 is Redding's main link to the coast (namely Arcata), and its link to Modoc County in northeastern California. It is, however, one of the less-traveled roads (because it is very narrow with very sharp curves much of the way) in the area. As a consequence, it is also one of the more scenic roads as well.
Highway 44 is the main road to Lassen Volcanic National Park. Redding is the western terminus of this road. It is very scenic. Unfortunately, there are fatal crashes literally almost every week, due to the combination of pedestrians and a lot of reckless and/or drunk drivers. If you decide to walk or bike along this road, change your plans, as it is illegal. However, that is a bit pointless. They will usually not prosecute you, as you will either be dead or lying in the local hospital's ICU. So don't do it.
Highway 273 is also a busy road. It is very short, stretching from Redding to Anderson. Walking and bicycling are permitted, but use caution. If you see a frontage road (and there are quite a few), even if it is a narrow dirt path, by all means take it. Many people do this, so while you are driving, be aware of it. The scenery along this road is not all that fascinating, so if that's what you're looking for, go along Highway 299 west of Redding (or if you need north to south, Highway 151 is nice).
Highway 151 is the most direct road to Shasta Lake City and Shasta Dam from Redding. It is in a rural, mostly forested setting, and is very scenic. Although it is not too crowded, hikers and bicyclists going north on it are not recommended because it lies almost continuously along a steep grade. However, it might be fun to ride a bike southward along it, as that is a steep downward slope. Be careful, though.
There is one county road of note in Redding: County Road A16, known to locals as Placer Rd. (or Placer St. if you're in town). It runs all the way from the intersection at Sequoia St. in Redding to another intersection at Highway 36 just west of Platina. It is a major road in Redding, but goes through relatively small towns such as Igo and Ono. In the rural areas, it is a very hard road to drive on, much like Highway 299.
Redding is served by Amtrak's Coast Starlight. The times are a bit annoying — the southbound train arrives just after midnight, and the northbound just after 5AM. It is located just next to the RABA terminal at 1620 Yuba St.
The Greyhound  bus line serves Redding. It is located at the RABA Bus terminal, and the phone number is (530) 241-2070.
The relatively safer option is the Amtrak  bus line that serves Redding at the RABA terminal (located at 1530 Yuba St). Note that there are no amenities at this stop; just a bench, a sign, and a place where the bus pulls into are the only distinguishing features.
Trinity Transit  connects Redding, Weaverville, and Willow Creek. If you need public transportation between these towns, this is where you go. Willow Creek also is served by the Redwood Transit System , which goes all the way to Arcata and the surrounding area. It costs $23.50 each way, and runs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Be warned: if you go to Willow Creek and transfer to the Redwood Transit Authority to Arcata, it literally takes all day going there, and half a day back to Redding.
Note that Trinity Transit has stops both at the RABA terminal and the Greyhound station, so if you want less trouble, catch the bus at the RABA terminal.
Redding Municipal Airport , the main airport in Redding, is located at 6751 Woodrum Circle, on the very outskirts of town off of Airport Rd. It is 2 miles from the Knighton Rd. exit off of I-5 (a bit south of the main Redding exit). The airport has flights going two ways: one that flies from Redding south to [San Francisco] (served by United Express), and one that goes north through Arcata, Portland, and Seattle, south again all the way to Los Angeles, and to Redding again (served by Horizon Air). The airport also features a Chinese restaurant on the second floor (Peter Chu's Skyroom). There have been plans for a major expansion of the airport terminal and runways for a number of years, which would bring many more flights, airlines and possibly international flights, but the recent economic downturn has left the city with the same small, outdated facilities.
Benton Airpark  is the main private airport in Redding. It also has a restaurant on the second floor (above the hangar), but the food is generally pretty bad since the ownership changed. The airport also has the helipads for the local California Highway Patrol office. It is located at 2600 Gold St.
RABA  is the city bus line in Redding. It also has routes that go to Shasta College , Burney, and Anderson. The terminal is at the corner of Yuba and California St., and the base fare is $1.50 (and $0.75 for a zone change).
Drivers generally cooperate with bicyclists on major roads, but that rule changes dramatically with smaller roads, as they don't expect it there. Be cautious at all times, stay in bike lanes when possible, and whatever you do, don't go on CA-44.
Redding is a great place to do shopping. Stores are spread out, and most specialize in certain things. There are many plazas lying around, most of which have good shopping. The Mt. Shasta Mall and the area around it are great places if you want large department stores, but if you want to check out local stores, go to the Market St. Promenade. This has, over time, also been part of the old Highway 99, then a covered mall, then an abandoned place where vagrants gathered, and has been remodeled to be what it is now, an uncovered mall.
Widely regarded as having the best steaks in Redding. It looks pretty shabby on the outside, but the food and service are nothing short of amazing. Be sure to have plenty of the salad, it's also very good. Scallops are wonderful as well, but the main attraction is the steak.
Housed in the historic Pine Street School building, this restaurant has retained the building's classroom theme while serving excellent meals. It's mostly pretty standard Americana fare, but it's really good. If you're bringing a K-12 student with straight A's on his or her report card, bring it to receive a discount!
A nice Italian place with good food. The mushroom ravioli is recommended.
Not much special about this place, just good, cheap Japanese food. Good for takeout. The trains that go right near the building can get annoying, though.
Redding is a reasonably safe city to go out in but like most American cities its size there are areas you want to avoid. Violent crime has been a huge problem for the past 20 years, so many of the older, run-down neighborhoods should definitely be avoided. Almost all of the newer neighborhoods are very safe. Redding also has one of the highest numbers of registered sex offenders in a city of similar size. Drug use (particularly methamphetamine) is particularly high throughout Redding and Shasta County. Burglaries, robberies, and car theft are generally lower than most cities the same size. The number of fatal car crashes involving alcohol is one of the highest in the state of California.
Shasta Lake Cavern A visit to Shasta county would not be complete without visit to the Shasta Lake Caverns,about 20 mins north of Redding. The 2-hour tour begins with a scenic boat ride on the lake and you will have to climb up a few steps in the cavern, so wear comfortable shoes. Check out their website for tour times, which runs 3 times daily during winter and more frequent during summer. Full price is ~24 for adults. You maybe able to find coupons online too. Arrive at least 10 mins before tour starts as you will have to go down a few freights of stairs to get on the boat. 20359 Shasta Caverns Road Lakehead, CA 96051; 
Shasta LakeThey have a free tour of the dam a few times a day.Go on the Cavern tour first if you have time constraints. You get to see the lake during the cavern tour anyways. However, if you are interested in how the dam is built, the tour would be worthwhile.