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Dog Friendly Vacation in Redding

Dog is your co-pilot? Pack your bags: Redding is a pawsitively ideal destination for you and your four-legged pal. Surrounded by Shasta and Lassen and mountainous Whiskeytown, with year-round sunny days and the gleaming Sacramento River running right through it, Redding is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. It’s also super welcoming to dogs—from lodging, to craft breweries and restaurants, to trails galore—including some of Redding’s top sights, like Shasta Lake, the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, Whiskeytown, and the Sundial Bridge. Redding for a most fetching adventure? Dog’s already packing…

Redding Pet Friendly Vacations

Go Fetch!

Redding’s magnificent Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is 42,000 acres of wilderness park, and one of the only pet-friendly locations in the National Parks system. Hike to the tallest waterfall in the park—the impressive three-tiered, 220-foot Whiskeytown Falls. Relax lakeside or play along the shores of the expansive lake. Choose your adventure from numerous trails in the area. Stop at the visitor center to gather info and some souvenirs … matching tee shirts?

Plan your dog-friendly Whiskeytown adventure!

Sun, Dialed!

Redding’s 17-mile (one-way) Sacramento River National Recreation Trail is famous as one of the country’s premier rail trails. It’s car-free, and dog-friendly! Whether you walk it, run it, or pedal it, the trail begins at the architecturally stunning Sundial Bridge and follows the river upstream—all the way to Shasta Dam. Go as long or as far as you’d like … beautiful bridges and waterside bench stops can be found along sections of the route. Bonus Gardens: If your dog just loves to stop and smell the flowers, McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the north side of the Sundial Bridge, showcasing more than 200 acres of trees and plants. A 1-mile walking trail loops around the Arboretum and links to the Sacramento River Trail.

Dog Day Afternoon

Just 20 minutes from Redding, Shasta Lake brings plenty of options for whatever sparks your enthusiasm and gets tails wagging. Picnic here, watch a sunset, lounge on the shoreline, or take to the water on a rowboat. The relaxation is endless at this mountain-surrounded oasis with hidden waterfalls and secluded coves. Now for the important question: what Doggles look most stylish in selfies?

Eat, Drink, Sleep.. Fur Sure!

Redding has over 30 pet-friendly dining options, ranging from industrial hip craft breweries to fine dining by the Sundial Bridge. And with over 25 pet-friendly lodging choices, you and your dog are guaranteed to find the perfect place to get your ZZZ’s after a fun day of outdoor adventures. Sweet dreams of chasing squirrels.

Tip: Look for the paw print icon throughout Choose Redding’s website for pet-friendly itineraries.

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