REDDING, Calif., Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Situated at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley, Redding and Shasta Cascade offer outdoor adventure and attractions all year long, along with fascinating, historically significant places for visitors to explore. Travel back in time down Highway 299, stopping along the way to discover ruins from the California Gold Rush and the oldest continuously-used Chinese temple in California.
"Redding, the hub city of Shasta Cascade, is centrally located in the heart of the great outdoors, but what many visitors find surprising is our rich history," explains Kallie Markle, Communications Coordinator at Visit Redding. "Visitors can experience a time warp by traveling down Highway 299 and making three stops along the way at Shasta State Historic Park, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, and the Joss House."
Surrounded on three sides by millions of acres of public land including Lassen Volcanic National Park, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, spectacular Mt. Shasta, and the pristine Trinity Alps, Redding is the perfect base camp for exploring the unspoiled outdoors and witnessing the history of the great state of California.
Shasta State Historic Park, aka the Ruins of Old Shasta
Six miles west of Redding, a row of old, half-ruined brick buildings remind visitors that Shasta, the "Queen City" of California's northern mining district, once stood on this site. These ruins and some of the nearby roads, cottages, and cemeteries are all silent but eloquent vestiges of the intense activity that was centered here during the California Gold Rush.
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
What was once a bustling mining destination called Whiskeytown is now a popular lake and recreation area. Whiskeytown is registered as a California Historical Landmark and known as one of the oldest towns from the California Gold Rush.
Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
The nearby town of Weaverville, established in 1850, was set in the rugged, heavily forested terrain of what are now called the Trinity Mountains in Shasta Cascade. Weaverville's first settlers came from the Mississippi Valley, followed by German and Dutch immigrants. When the news of gold discoveries reached China, thousands of men emigrated from China to Gam Saan (Gold Mountain), as they called California.
To discover more California history as well as all the adventures and attractions Redding has to offer and additional information about the many things to do in Redding and Shasta Cascade, visit www.visitredding.com and book your hotel, B&B or RV site today.
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