CITY OF REDDING
Redding California is a city unlike any other. Surrounded by mountains, with miles of hiking and biking trails throughout, Redding is a paradise for outdoor lovers. Even more, striking than the scenery is the love for Jesus and passion for revival that burns in those who live here, spurred on by the unity of the local churches.
Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite things to see and do in Redding and the surrounding area.
Less than a 15-minute drive from the YWAM Redding campus. Whiskeytown is full of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, including hiking or mountain biking on 70 miles of scenic trails. Relax on the beach at Whiskeytown Lake or explore with swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Whether watching the sunset over the lake, or exploring the picturesque waterfalls, we are thankful for the nearby beauty of Whiskeytown.
The Redwood National and State Parks are three hours northwest from our base, and visiting these forests is always worth the drive. Explore the Avenue of the Giants by car, then trek through the forest floor covered in a vibrant green bed of ferns and fallen redwood trees. As you look up, you’ll gaze in awe at 2,000-year-old redwood trees that tower 360 feet over you. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out a charming coastal town like Eureka or Crescent City and eat some superb seafood.
Standing 14,179 feet above sea level, Mount Shasta is the 5th highest peak in California. It takes about one hour to drive to the mountain base. Get away from summer heat for a weekend of mountain climbing, hiking through the forest, and lakeside camping. In the winter, hit the slopes for skiing and snowboarding, with beautiful views and short lines for the lifts.
Coffee And Dining
If you have an appreciation for the art of coffee making and your tastes require the love and care of an independently-owned shop/roastery, Redding has you covered. Some of our top picks include Theory, From the Hearth, and Evergreen.
Head to The Park for a fun outdoor food truck experience with fire pits and yard games. Redding hosts plenty of ethnic restaurants to suit your palate, including Indian, Thai, East Asian, Mexican, and more. Plus we have an In-N-Out!
Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park is over 106,000 acres of forest, meadows, and sparkling mountain lakes. The most exciting aspect of the park, however, might be its volcanic activity. These mountains are alive with fumaroles and boiling hot springs that remind visitors of Lassen Peak’s most recent volcanic eruption in 1917. Camping, hiking, and rock climbing are just a few of the thrilling things to do to enjoy Mount Lassen.
Redding is blessed with a strong church body in its many diverse expressions. Though there are multiple meeting places, there is an intentional unity that Redding’s local churches strive toward. From city-wide Easter services, to united prayer times and monthly worship events, our city benefits from this powerful unity. It is our joy to attend and serve our local churches each week. A few of the churches we partner with are: Bethel Church, First Presbyterian Church, Hillside Church, Little Country Church.
But wait there is so much more…
For more things to see and do in Redding, check out the website “Visit Redding” below.