Architect Santiago Calatrava’s Sundial Bridge created a renaissance in Redding, though it originally peeved many locals. Suddenly this small town had a sight to behold. And what a marvel this glass and steel bridge is! A modern spectacle crossing the Sacramento River, this bridge actually works as a sundial (come visit for the summer solstice) and day or night poses beautifully for photos. Join the hundreds of people that walk across the structure.
If you are traveling with children or nature buffs, you may consider a pitstop in the Turtle Bay Exploration Park to learn about local fish and plants in an educational museum and arboretum. Or if the weather is not too hot (which it is in the summer) walk or bike the Sacramento River Path, a paved ribbon connecting the Sundial Bridge to the Shasta Dam.