USA, California: Redding – The City and Nature
We'll stay in California, just move northeast, into a picturesque area where our destination is Redding. It is located near the inactive volcanoes Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta. In the center of Redding stretches the Sacramento River, alongside the Sacramento River Trail, a grateful postcard theme.
The city of nearly 90,000 inhabitants was historically inhabited by the Wintu tribe, who had more than two hundred villages in the area at the time of the greatest boom. Europeans began to settle in California in the mid-16th century. The first European settlement around Redding was founded in 1844 and thanks to the finding of gold in California, the desire of various adventurers to get rich meant that many of them went Redding to pursue riches.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the city experienced a significant economic boom thanks to intensive mining of copper and iron. In the end, however, the mining industry began to decline, which in the early 1920s had an impact on the local economy and population decline. It did not improve until the 1930s.
If you have the opportunity, check out the Old City Hall Arts Center. The building was built from the 20th century region and today serves the public. It is an ideal place to spend a rainy afternoon at an exhibition, workshop or lecture. In addition, the local gallery exhibits works by regional artists.
Also, make sure to write down Cascade Theater in your itinerary, where people have been going for almost ninety years. The cinema belongs to the list of national historical monuments and there are still various great music, theater or comedy performances. What's more, the theater has perfectly preserved art deco furnishings from the 1930s.
But the real deal awaits you beyond the city. Like Lassen Volcanic National Park, which can be reached after about an hour's drive from the city. The park has a network of over 200-kilometer trail network that will guide you through the most interesting corners of the national park. The best routes include Echo Lake, Devils Kitchen and Lassen Peak, with the last passing through a snow-covered area for almost a year. In the rest of the park in winter also heavy snowing, so it is popular with skiers.
If you don't want to go too far, check out Shasta Lake, the largest waterworks in California about 40 miles from Redding. The shore of this lake is almost 500 kilometers long and you can enjoy here especially in summer.
GPS: 40°35'09.7"N 122°23'26.3"W
Text: Maxim Kucer
Photos: Wikipedia.org: Oleg Alexandrov, Triddle, Oakshade, Gordon F. Smith, Publichall, Daniel Schwen, Kai Schreiber
Today we continue in our trip in California’s Capital – Sacramento. We are going to leave Chinatown to see the historical district of this city of half million.
Lancaster is located approximately 70 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The city lies on the western edge of the Mojave Desert in the beautiful Antelope Valley. It is probably best known for its seasonal poppy bloom, and the Antelope Valley is literally flooded with colors from March to May.
Since we've walked the Walk of Fame and taken a photo with the words Hollywood, we're heading from the Hollywood hills to the Pacific Ocean and the LA coast this time. If you like swimming or have surfed, these places will be an ideal attraction for you. But that's not all, the entertainment offer is much wider here, so let's visit Malibu and Santa Barbara together.
Today we will travel through sunny California to the city of Los Angeles. The city of angels greeted us with gloomy weather, but that did not stop us from thoroughly inspecting it. After well-known places, such as Hollywood or the Walk of Fame, we also moved to explore its outskirts.
If you find yourself in Los Angeles and you love art and architecture, don't miss a visit to the Getty Museum. The Getty Center was established here in 1997, so it probably won't seem very modern to you anymore, but I still wouldn't miss the tour. This complex of the world's largest private art collection is located on a hill above LA.
We probably all know the city of sin and gambling. The truth is, I've probably never visited a crazier city, but I'd definitely like to go back one day. If you can stare at an area with your mouth open unnoticed, it's in Las Vegas.
When we say California, each of us imagines the sun, the beaches, Hollywood or Disneyland. Today we look at two California cities together. First we take a tour of the city of San Diego and then we move to relax inland, following the example of Hollywood stars in the town of Palm Spings.
Today we will visit sunny California again and look at one of the lesser known cities. Most of you will certainly think of metropolises like Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego or smaller cities like Santa Barbara, Fresno or Sacramento.
Less than a hundred kilometers north of the famous and popular San Francisco, lies a city of 150,000 inhabitants, famous for the North Bay region and the Napa and Sonoma wine regions.
About 20 miles from Los Angeles is one of the most popular places in California that you may know from movies and series, Santa Monica. The main attraction of the city is, of course, the fantastic beach on the Pacific coast. However, the center is also interesting.
In the east of California there is a place which boasts with the highest ever recorded air temperature. It happened in the summer of 193. The temperature attacked shocking 56,3 degrees of Celsius. Just remember how awful it was last summer when 35 degrees was daily temperature in Prague. Also, the highest ever night air temperature was recorded here – 43 °C.
Today we will visit Fresno again. We will tell you where to go for culture, because perhaps there is no city more in favor of culture in the United States. After all, there are more than a hundred nationalities, making it perhaps the most ethnically diversified city in the US after the largest cities like, for instance, New York.
The city's name sounds interesting, curiosity has not allowed us to miss what it means. The name originates neither in English nor in the native Native American Yokut and Miwok tribes, as is common throughout America but in Spanish. Fresno means ash because ash is the most common tree lining the San Joaquin River, which flows into the Gulf of Suisun.
Today we head to sunny California and head to the San Joaquin Valley, which is located in the central area of the state.
California is a country in the southwest coast in the US. Many foreign and domestic tourists are lured to this state. There is the wild Pacific Ocean coastline, interesting cities and towns and other amazing places created by nature. Mt. Whitney (4421 m) is the highest mountain of the Sierra Nevada moutain range stretching in the south of California. Mt Whitney is the highest mountain of continental United States. Some areas in California are national park or nature reserves.
Our tourist destination today is the city of Riverside, which lies approximately a hundred kilometers east of the megalopolis of Los Angeles. In comparison, it looks like a small suburb with its 300,000 inhabitants. However, if you want to try something other than a traditional overcrowded tourist destination, it is a great cruise destination.
Great drought, desert landscape, high temperatures - we are in Death Valley national park. It is best to being at a visitor center - there you can get the most important information, map, good advice, and buy the much needed water. There are several visitor centers in the park.
The Death Valley national park is named after the valley of the same name which is located in the very park. The name was given during the Golden Rush in the mid-19th century. A road went across this valley down which goldrushers went to reach fortune and fame. They, however, were thirsty, and hungry. They had to kill their oxes and roast them atop burning carriages to survive. For these horrible experiences the valley is named after the death itself.