Incredible Things to Do In Northern California – All at Your Doorstep
There is much to see and explore when you vacation at Gaia Hotel & Spa, an Ascend Hotel Collection member near Redding, California. Also known as the Gateway to the Wilderness, the Northern California's Shasta and Cascades area is truly an outdoor lover's paradise. From Lassen Volcanic National Park to Mount Shasta, and Shasta Lake to the Sacramento River, the list of things to do is only as limited as your free time.
Mount Shasta Ski Park
Mount Shasta Ski Park is a quick one-hour drive from the Gaia Hotel. Built in 1985, the winter resort is one of the newest not only in California but also in the entire United States.
Fly-Fishing - The Fly Shop®
With several hundred miles of rivers, creeks, lakes, and streams within easy striking distance of the Gaia Hotel & Spa, it's not surprising that quite a bit of water is set aside as fly-fishing only or catch-and-release. The Fly Shop staff will custom-tailor the day according to your ability and interests, putting you on the best local water. To make a reservation, please call 800-669-3474.
Sundial Bridge in Redding is not only a pedestrian bridge but also a unique work of art. Featuring an opaque glass deck and a 217-foot pylon that represents a sundial, Sundial Bridge was designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. There is no cost to walk across the bridge, and pets are allowed.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding offers both kids and adults a myriad of things to do. Some of the attractions include historical railroad exhibits, an interactive Paul Bunyan forest camp and seasonal butterfly house, the McConnell Arboretum with acres of walking trails and wetlands, and the 34,000-square-foot art and history museum that featuring exhibits of native Wintu Indians.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
With volcanic activity at Lassen Peak occurring as late as the early 1900s, the area was designated a national park in 1916 due to its active volcanic nature. Today, Lassen Volcanic National Park offers hiking trails, geothermal features, pine and fir forests, mountain lakes and vast meadows.
Redding, the largest city in Northern California's Cascade Region, is located just 10 minutes from the Gaia Hotel and Spa. Redding is home to the famous Sundial Bridge and the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. Visitors to Redding can also enjoy quick access to Shasta Lake and championship sports tournaments at the new Big League Dreams Redding Sports Complex.
In far Northern California lies one of the best kept secrets – the Shasta Cascade region! This region, covering 20% of California, has a unique experience to fulfill just about anyone’s interests. From glistening lakes and world-class rivers to scenic drives and backcountry roads, the Shasta Cascade region provides something for everyone to discover and enjoy. Your vacation in our area can provide great recreation, adventure or pure relaxation – the perfect escape from the fast pace of city life.
With more than 365 miles of shoreline, Shasta Lake is the largest manmade lake in California. The lake is the most popular attraction in the Redding area, attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. Boating, fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and swimming are all permitted on the lake.
Winding 375 miles from Mount Shasta to the San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento River is California's largest river. Listen to it gurgle past the Gaia Hotel & Spa or explore the river's exciting rapids on a whitewater tour. The Sacramento River can also be enjoyed for kayaking, swimming, tubing, fishing and wildlife viewing.
Hands down the coolest place in the Shasta region. Kids can zoom down any of the three wet n’ wild plume slides, the Cyclone, the Avalanche and Raging River slides, while the ‘rents hit the Lazy Lagoon. With numerous lifeguards and ride attendants, this tropical themed aquatic wonderland is the place to be cool, safe, and fun.
Whiskeytown Lake’s beautiful sapphire-blue waters, surrounded by mountain peaks, are perhaps the most prominent feature of the park. However, water-based recreation is only a small part of what the park has to offer. The 39,000 acres surrounding the lake hold four waterfalls, pristine mountain creeks, 70 miles of trails, and opportunities to explore the history of the California Gold Rush. (Insider’s tip: The Lake prohibits fast-moving watercraft, meaning that the water is usually quite peaceful!)
Lake Shasta Caverns
At Shasta Caverns, you’ll find three adventures in one. Take a ride across Lake Shasta on a 65-foot catamaran, ride up the mountain by bus, and tour the recesses of unique and stunning calcite formations. These awe-inspiring caverns were created 250 million years ago.
Mount Shasta is the iconic peak of the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California. Its summit reaches a height of 14,179 feet, making Mount Shasta the second tallest peak of the Cascade chain. Climbing and backcountry skiing the steeps of Mount Shasta are popular pursuits among experienced athletes.
If nature’s not your thing, try hunting for big bargains. Boasting more than 40 brand-name and designer outlets, and a savings of up to 70% off, Shasta Outlets is home to Dress Barn, Pendleton, Vans, Gap Outlet, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Van Heusen and Kitchen Collection. There’s room for RV parking, and there is also an informative visitors’ center onsite.
An hour's drive from the Gaia Hotel and Spa is the quaint, historic college town of Chico. Three of Chico's most renowned sites include California State University, Chico; Sierra Nevada Brewing Company; and Bidwell Park, the second largest municipal park in the United States, second only to Central Park in New York City.
McArthur Burney Falls State Park
This beautiful park has 910 acres of forest and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton. The park's centerpiece is the 129-foot Burney Falls, which is not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but possibly the most beautiful. Camping, picnicking, and hiking are all available in the area, too.