Redding is 220 miles ― about 3 1/2 hours ― north of San Francisco and makes a good base for exploring Shasta Lake and Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lodging consists mostly of chain motels; for information and local trail maps, contact the Redding Convention & Visitors Bureau (800/874-7562). For regional travel and recreation, contact the Shasta Cascade Wonderland Association (800/474-2782).
Fishing. The best source for regional information, a license (which is required), tackle, and guides is the Fly Shop. Guide and drift boat for up to two people $325 per day, $225 for a half day. 4140 Churn Creek Rd.; 800/669-3474.
Sacramento River Trail. The 10-mile loop trip is a moderate hike and easy bike ride. Rent bikes from Bikes Etc. (closed Sun; from $20 per day; 2400 Athens Ave.; 530/244-1954) or Redding Sports Ltd. (from $7 per hour, $28 per day; 950 Hilltop Dr.; 530/221-7333).
Sundial Bridge and Turtle Bay Exploration Park. From I-5, take State 44 west 1 mile to Auditorium Dr. (exit 1) and go north a block to the park. www.turtlebay.org or 800/887-8532. Park: 9-5 daily (closed Mon after Labor Day); $11, $6 ages 4-15.
Buz's Crab Stand, Seafood Market, & Restaurant. Crab, lobster, and wild Pacific salmon are the highlights of this funky all-seafood restaurant. $; lunch and dinner daily. 2159 East St.; 530/243-2120.
C.R. Gibbs American Grille. Exhibition kitchen lets you watch preparation of wood-fired pizza, rotisserie chicken; outstanding salmon in season. $$; lunch and dinner daily. In the Best Western Hilltop Inn, 2300 Hilltop; 530/221-2335.
Country Kitchen Restaurant & Bakery. Great breakfasts are served all day, with everything made from scratch. Order the enchilada omelet or one of the skillet scrambles if they're on the menu. $; breakfast and lunch daily. 1099 Hilltop; 530/223-5438.
DeMercurio's Restaurant. This 16-year-old restaurant has an extensive wine list. An eclectic menu blends Italian, French, and seafood; desserts change nightly. $$$; lunch Tue-Fri, dinner Tue-Sat. 1647 Hartnell Ave.; 530/222-1307.