April 26, 2024

THE SUNNIEST CITY IN CALIFORNIA: WHY REDDING OUTSHINES THE REST

Sunrise at the Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA on summer solstice

Ready to trade your sweater for sunny weather? Look no further than Redding, California—the sun-soaked paradise nestled in the heart of Northern California.

Redding boasts an impressive 88% annual average possible days of sunshine, making it the sunniest city in California and the second sunniest in the United States.

That’s right, we’ve got the data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to prove it!

Sunset on the Sacramento SUP

Photo by: Brent Van Auken

Meet The Sunshine Capital of California

San Francisco may have the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars, but let’s be real—the dreary weather and chilly summers can be a real buzzkill sometimes.

That’s where Redding comes in. Just three hours north, the sun is almost always shining, and the outdoor adventures are calling your name.

Say goodbye to the traffic and fog and hello to endless sunshine, stunning natural beauty, and a laid-back vibe that’s pure Northern California.

Redding: The Sunny Spot That Outshines the Rest

Don’t just take our word for it—the NOAA numbers speak for themselves. Redding’s 88% annual average of possible sunshine doesn’t just beat out other sunny California cities like Fresno (79%) and Sacramento (78%).

Redding also leaves popular sun-soaked destinations like Las Vegas, Nevada (85%), Tucson, Arizona (85%), El Paso, Texas (84%), Reno, Nevada (79%), Flagstaff, Arizona (78%), San Diego, California (68%), and even Phoenix, Arizona (85%) in the shade.

Fun in the Sun Facts: Redding Edition

  • With a population of just over 92,000, Redding may be the largest city in Shasta County, but it still has that small-town charm.
  • With 60.7 square miles of sunshine-soaked land, there’s plenty of room to spread out and soak up the rays.
  • Redding’s prime location in the northern Sacramento Valley means sunny days are the norm, not the exception.
  • Pack your bags for any season—in Redding, the sun shines bright nearly all year round.
  • Redding’s cost of living is far more affordable than many other California cities, so you can enjoy the sunshine without breaking the bank.

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Photo by: Avery Rosenthal-Murray

Photo by: Avery Rosenthal-Murray

Get Outside and Play in the Sunshine

In Redding, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the great outdoors under the sun. Here are just a few favorites:

  • Cool off at the stunning Lake Shasta and Whiskeytown Lake. From boating and fishing to waterfalls and sandy beaches, these lakes have it all.
  • Chase some waterfalls like Whiskeytown Falls or the wheelchair-accessible Crystal Creek Falls.
  • Kayak or raft your way down the Sacramento River, which just so happens to flow right through the heart of the city.
  • Try your hand at paddleboarding or even on-the-water yoga (yes, it’s a thing) on the glassy waters of Whiskeytown Lake.
  • Spend a lazy day at one of Whiskeytown Lake’s beaches. Oak Bottom Beach, Brandy Creek Beach, and East Beach are all prime spots for soaking up the sun.
  • Make a splash at WaterWorks Park or the Redding Aquatic Center—your kids will love you for it!
  • Hit the trails and take in the stunning views on one of the many hikes in the area. The Sacramento River Trail and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area are local favorites.
  • Take a break and enjoy refreshing scoops at locally-owned Taste & See Creamery, 32 Below, or Neon Palm.
  • Catch an outdoor concert on the lawn at the Redding Civic Auditorium—because everything’s better under the stars.
Sunset in Whiskeytown at East Beach

Photo by: Avery Rosenthal-Murray

Summer Nights Done Right

In Redding, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun starts to set. In fact, summer evenings in Redding are where it’s at.

At the peak of summer, the sun doesn’t dip below the horizon until 8:44 PM, which means you’ve got plenty of daylight to play with. And with those comfortable temps and hardly any rain to speak of, every evening feels like the perfect summer night.

Take an evening dip in one of Redding’s lakes or pools, catch an outdoor movie or concert, or just kick back on your patio with a cold one and watch the sun go down.

Trust the locals when they say, “There’s nothing quite like a Redding summer night.”

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Ready to Make Your Redding Escape?

So what are you waiting for? Plan your Redding getaway today and get ready to soak up the sun, explore the great outdoors, and experience all the laid-back charm this Northern California gem has to offer.

Whether you’re looking to escape the fog and gloom of the city, take a break from the daily grind, or just soak up some much-needed vitamin D, Redding’s got everything you need for the ultimate sun-soaked getaway.

So pack your bags, grab your shades, and get ready to experience the sunniest city in Northern California for yourself. Redding’s waiting for you!

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