Spanning the broad Sacramento River without touching it, the bridge links riverside museums and pathways.
Catherine Karnow

Attractions and dining to enjoy during your visit to the Sundial Bridge


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. 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.

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