If you're looking for something to do this weekend and don't feel like going too far, it might interest you to know that Redding was recently ranked one of the top cities in the nation to take a staycation by Expedia.com.
North State residents said it's no surprise that Redding is second on the list considering all there is to do in the area.
And if you visit Redding's Sundial Bridge on any given day, it's easy to see why people near and far love Redding and all it has to offer.
“I would say there's a lot of cool spots where you can just come and chill,” Sarah from Charlotte, NC said. “And it's not like a big city but you still get the feeling of California.”
Redding resident Breanna said the Sacramento River Trail is one of her top spots to visit on her free time.
“Walking the trails is so peaceful,” Breanna said. “It's just so easy to just get lost in the beauty of the river here. And just like local coffee shops and stuff, it's just a very relaxed city.”
Redding came in second only to Everett, Washington.
Other cities that made the list were Cleveland, Ohio; Overland Park, Kansas; Kissimmee, Florida; Franklin, Tennessee; Bloomington, Minnesota; and Burlington, Vermont.
Some of the local places highlighted in the article include the Cascade Theater and Historic Hawes Farm.
But guest experience officer for Turtle Bay Carrian Foster says with 300 days of sunshine per year, Redding offers so much more to do outside.
“We have these beautiful mountain ranges,” Foster said. “We have these amazing national parks, Whiskeytown, Lassen, gorgeous views of Mount Shasta and of course the beautiful Sacramento River running right through the heart of Redding.”
But probably one of the most obvious places to go if you're visiting or live in Redding is Turtle Bay Exploration Park.
“It's a great place for a staycation,” Foster said. “You can spend your entire day at Turtle Bay. Come out and visit the Sundial Bridge. Visit the Botanical Gardens, take a stroll through the trails and miles and miles of trails.”
You can click here to read the full article on Expedia.com.