By car is currently the cheapest way to go to Anderson. There are two major roads to take: Interstate 5 and California State Highway 273. The fastest way is, by far, I-5 because I-5 is much straighter and CA-273 has construction work on it a lot. However, CA-273 runs along and frequently connects with a major industrial strip called Frontage Road. If you wish to go to one of these places along it on the way, be prepared for a slow ride along CA-273.
There is only one bus line that goes into Anderson: RABA, from Redding in the north.
Redding Area Bus Authority, or RABA for short, is the route that goes into Anderson. The route is called the Anderson Express, which leaves from Gate 9 at the Downtown Transit Center in Redding and then turns back at the Prime Outlets in Anderson. (To learn more about it, visit their website at http://www.ci.redding.ca.us/raba/rabahome.htm).
Anderson is a small town, so it is wise to just drive.
Anderson River Park
This, by far, is the largest and most familiar park in Anderson. Most of the sightseeing, however, is just the wildlife. There is plenty of it, though. Birds are abundant, fish jump out of the water (in season), and sometimes, you will see frogs, lizards, and some snakes. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.ci.anderson.ca.us/aprd.asp.
Anderson River Park
This park has many facilities, including:
- a softball/soccer field
- boating on the river
- fishing on the river and the pond
- a tennis court
- a basketball court
- picnicking and barbecuing areas
- hiking and equestrian trails
- playgrounds (two of them)
A major part of Anderson's city events are held here. These include:
Shasta Highlands Renaissance and Celtic Faire:
The Shasta Highlands Renaissance and Celtic Faire is a very large Rennaisance fair, usually put on by a group of volunteers known simply as the Friends of the Faire. It is very authentic, where you can practice such medieval leisures as fencing (with real swords), watch jugglers and other performers, eat some good food and simply listen to the volunteers' strange accents. If you want to go, it is held on the weekend of May 6-7, annually.
NOTE: This event was put on hiatus for 2006. However, they do wish to put it back on in 2007. If you wish to go then, and would like more information, call the City of Anderson Parks and Recreation Department at (530) 378-6656 on any day but Sunday.
Sons of Italy "Paesano Days" Italian Festival and Bocce Tournament:
This free Italian festival mainly advertises its bocce tournaments, but also features a spaghetti feed, live music, activities, craft booths, and raffles. It is held on August 4-6 anually. More information here.
For information about what "bocce" is, see Wikipedia | Bocce.
The major shopping area in Anderson is the Factory Outlets.
The Factory Outlets' many stores include:
- Big Dogs
- Book Warehouse
- Christian Supply
- Claire's Accessories
- Corral West
- Country Clutter
- Dress Barn
- Famous Footwear
- Fine Creations
- Fusion Pit
- Home Again
- KB Toys
- Kitchen Collection
- L'Hanes Hanes Bali Playtex
- Maddie's Closet
- Motherhood Maternity
- Payless Shoes
- Polo Ralph Lauren
- Pool & Spa Outlet
- Pro Image
- Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
- Scrap N Time
- Styles for Less
- Sunglass World
- The Paper Factory
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Totes/Sunglass World
- Van Heusen
There is also a Wal-Mart SuperCenter out back and a California Welcome Center, a movie theater, and an Arby's on-site.
Blue Water Cove: 3020 W. Center St., 530-365-6835
California Espresso Cafe: 1973 CA State Hwy. 273, 530-365-9501
El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant: 2690 Gateway Dr., 530-365-7805
Golden Room Steak House: 2258 North St., 530-365-1989
Orienal Express: 1703 Bruce Dr., 530-365-5988
Perko's: 2361 Balls Ferry Rd., 530-365-3308
TJ's Drive-In: 2940 W. Center St., 530-365-1770