From meeting new people to experiencing new sights, sounds, and smells – is there anything more exciting or rejuvenating than a break from the day-to-day mundanity? Traveling is an excellent way to immerse yourself in a new culture, setting, or way-of-life, but the best part is this: you don’t have to venture far from home to enjoy what this world has to offer.
Whether your journey takes you across your own city, to an unexplored part of your state, or even to the other side of the world, there’s no doubt you will still learn a lot about your surroundings – and yourself – along the way.
While the culture an hour away from your home might not be drastically different from what you’re used to, you can still gain a deepened sense of appreciation for where you’ve laid your roots. Plus, traveling locally has a lot of benefits:
More cost-effective. Local travel is certainly a budget-friendly way to explore! Many activities and parks are free or have a low cost of entry. For day trips, you can also pack your own meals to save.
Eco-friendly way to travel. Travel is hard on the environment, but putzing around your area is more sustainable than air travel.
Quick trips. Getting out locally means you can do it more often! Long weekend trips are a lot easier to take when the destination is a short drive away.
Easy to plan. Preparing your itinerary for a local getaway will likely save you some time and stress.
More convenient. Especially if you have little ones, sticking close to home may be much more convenient than far-off destinations. If you forget something, have an emergency, or need to cut the trip short, being closeby definitely has its benefits.
Located in northern California is the small city of Red Bluff, which is well known for its livestock and juicy peach production. In fact, you’ve probably heard of the Red Bluff Roundup, which is a popular rodeo held annually in April.
The city is located 131 miles north of Sacramento and just 31 miles south of Redding, making it the perfect base for some of the state’s larger regions. Despite its size, however, it’s home to a number of intriguing attractions, including the William B. Ide Adobe State Park, Tehama District Fairgrounds, Kelly Griggs House Museum, and more.
Even those who have lived in the city for a decade would agree they haven’t experienced all that Red Bluff has to offer, while for those new to the region – well, they’ve got a lot to look forward to as well.
Ready to discover the best of Red Bluff, California? Let’s get started!
*Note: Some of the suggestions may not be doable due to coronavirus closures, but keep this list handy for when things start opening back up more! Be sure to check individual pages for specific operation details.
Red Bluff isn’t all hustle and bustle! There are also plenty of state parks and national parks both within and surrounding the area, all of which provide a tranquil escape for those looking to surround themselves by nature.
Located just south of Redding, this state park is one of the most visited in Red Bluff. Discover the city’s rich past when you stop by the visitor center and ranch buildings that are reminiscent of California during the mid-19th century. Families can picnic to enjoy the breathtaking scenery that overlooks the Sacramento River.
Bank and boat fish for salmon, or cruise down the Sacramento river on inner tubes, canoes, or kayaks to take in the state park’s natural beauty. Explore the park’s astounding riverine habitat, and witness first-hand how the Bidwell-Sacramento River State Parke Riparian Restoration Project is working towards recovering over 24 acres of natural habitat.
Visit Shasta State Historic Park to explore the ruins of California’s old northern mining district. Walk through cottages, cemeteries, and nearby roadways to experience what California was like during the Gold Rush era. Adventurers of all ages will enjoy trekking through roofless buildings and grass-filled windows. Make sure to stop by the Country Courthouse and interact with the historical exhibits to be informed of the park’s exciting past.
Discover Red Bluff’s breathtaking landscapes and impressive natural attractions when you visit the Lassen Volcanic National Park. Visitors can catch glimpses of the steaming fumaroles and choose from over 150 miles of hiking trail. The park’s astonishing volcanic peaks, alpine lakes, and mountain meadows are what make this national site so popular. Extend your stay by renting camp cabins or by reserving lodging at the Drakesbad Guest Ranch.
Still need to get your nature fix? If you’re craving seeing even more of the beautiful scenery that surrounds Red Bluff, then there are also plenty of hiking and walking trails for you and your family to enjoy.
This 3.6-mile trail located just outside of Red Bluff overlooks the river and features spectacular views of both Mount Shasta and Mount Lassen. Visitors can bring their dogs with them on their hike and even horseback ride along the mountain trail. Accessible all year-round, the trail offers a variety of activity options such as bird watching and mountain biking.
Horseback ride, hike, or walk this 8.3-mile trail best known for its flowing rivers and rolling landscapes. When hiking Yana Trail, make sure to be on the lookout for the natural wildlife that roams freely throughout the river and the trees. Bring the whole family and enjoy a gentle and easy hike up the bluffs and creek-side valleys.
Hog Lake to Paynes Creek is a 7.2-mile trail near Red Bluff where visitors of all ages can comfortably hike, walk, and run. Accessible all year round, this trail is a popular spot during the winter and spring months due to its impressive view of the California sky. As you hike this trail, make sure to take your time and enjoy Red Bluff’s majestic beauty by birdwatching.
Red Bluff is home to a bustling and trendy dining scene, so there’s sure to be a restaurant, café, or diner to satisfy your cravings. If you’ve worked up an appetite after a long hike, or simply feel like treating yourself to a delicacy, then you’re in luck. Here are our top restaurant recommendations!
Since 2007, the M&M Ranch House has been serving great food and delivering good times to local and visiting families. This restaurant is best known for using fresh ingredients and its warm and friendly atmosphere. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but make sure to try their legendary burgers or their beer-battered mozzarella sticks.
Looking for a restaurant that specializes in the authentic and savory flavors of Mexican cuisine? Then head on over to the Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant for traditional Mexican food and classic margaritas. Since 1999, this restaurant has been serving a variety of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, soups, and salads that leave customers coming back for more. Whether you’re craving their lunch or dinner specials, make sure to check out their drink list for regionally inspired cocktails.
If you’ve been craving quality pizza made from the finest and freshest ingredients, then you have to go to Firehouse Pizza Restaurant. Enjoy a refreshing salad and a cheesy pizza accompanied by a cold soda or beer. This neighborhood-restaurant strives to create a cozy atmosphere that is welcoming for the whole family. Make sure to try their popular cauliflower crust pizza for an unforgettable meal!
Dine at the China Doll Restaurant for authentic Chinese cuisine that has customers from all over the city coming back for more. When visiting this restaurant, make sure to try their signature Paper Wrapper Chicken, a marinated chicken wrapped in foil and fried for a crunchy taste. If you’re craving a dish with a little kick to it, their House Special Wor Bar features their popular Shanghai Sauce most loved for its spicy and savory flavor.
At2 Buds BBQ, the authentic taste of American barbecue is apparent in every dish they make. Families both local and visiting head on over to 2 Buds BBQ for their tasty pork and spicy barbeque sauce. Enjoy your meal with a refreshing soda or beer.
After feasting and enjoying all that the hiking trails and state parks have to offer, you may be wondering: “what next?” Well, when it comes to Red Bluff’s attractions and activities, you’re only just getting started. Here are some of the most fun things on offer in and around the city!
Looking to entertain some little ones? Or perhaps you’ve got some teenagers in-tow who are starting to get a little bored? Either way, these attractions will entertain both children, teens, and adults alike!
The William B Ide State Historic Park is located in Southern Redding and is the perfect location for kids and families to discover the city’s awe-inspiring nature. Children can enjoy themselves with “hands-on” pioneer crafts and activities that are reminiscent of California’s historic culture. The entire family is guaranteed to have fun while discovering Red Bluff’s old ranch and ferry crossing.
When exploring the city of Red Bluff, make sure to bring the whole family down to the Tehama District Fair . Tehama is best known for its exciting and interactive events that entertain audiences of all ages. Always check their events schedule to never miss out on your favorite fair events and performances!
What should you do in Red Bluff once the sun goes down? We’re glad you asked! Here are our suggested night-time attractions.
End your adventurous day with Tuscan Ridge Estate Winery. Sit by the cozy fire while sipping a glass of wine and eating wood fired pizza. Relax and unwind with a savory cheese, cracker, nuts, and olive platter that brings out the signature oak in their wine. Tuscan Ridge welcomes wine lovers of all kinds and makes your evenings magical.
Does your night need a little entertainment? Red Bluff’s State Theatre for the Arts has been charming audiences for years now. They continuously hold spectacular events and shows that make for a memorable evening. Check their events page for a list of their latest performances and buy your tickets before they sell out.
What can you do in or around Red Bluff that won’t cost anything more than a few dollars? The answer: plenty! Here are just two of our favorite attractions within the area that can be enjoyed on the cheap.
The Kelly Griggs House Museum carries rich history spanning back to the 1820s. The museum strives to promote the understanding and appreciation of 19th century art, architecture, and artifacts that are unique to Red Bluff. Bring the entire family and enjoy a tour of the historical Victorian home. Make sure to visit their events page to stay informed about the museum’s latest activities. Donations are encouraged to support this historic site and its mission.
The famous Red Bluff Round Up is among America’s top 25 professional rodeos that families near and far visit for an unforgettable experience. Aside from the bullfighters, you can find heroic performances designed to entertain the whole family. To get tickets, make sure to stop by the Round Up’s box office at their downtown store in Red Bluff.
Looking to get the most out of your time spent within the city of Red Bluff? Whether you want a fun way to waste away a Sunday afternoon or a date idea that won’t break the budget – here are our most recommended things to do in Red Bluff that won’t cost you a cent.
While visiting the historic city of Red Bluff, stop by Gaumers Jewelry Museum and Lapidary to check out their fossil, mineral, mining antique, and fluorescent mineral displays for free! After exploring the museum, visit the Gaumers Jewelry store to buy original minerals and other gifts.
The Red Bluff Recreation Area is right next to the Sacramento River and is home to rolling grasslands, wetlands, and oak woodlands. Families and children of all ages are encouraged to visit to discover Red Bluff’s diverse ecosystem and wildlife.
Alright, by now you’ve probably been on your feet all day exploring the sights and delights that Red Bluff has to offer. If you’re craving some rest and relaxation, or even a bit of pampering, these are two of the best spas in the region.
At Twenty One Palms Salon & Day Spa, you can treat yourself to a relaxing facial or be pampered by professional masseuses that leave your body feeling amazing. Other popular services include waxing, braiding, hair coloring, and perms.
Stop by Happy China Spa for an unforgettable hot stone massage by professional therapists. Most people recommend their soothing herbal soaks, which leave your skin feeling rejuvenated. Relax your mind, body, and soul when you receive a massage at Happy China!
If rejuvenation for you is less about deep relaxation and more about sweating it out, then you’re in luck. Red Bluff is home to some of the highest-rated gyms and yoga studios within the region.
Located in the heart of the city, Red Bluff Health and Fitness is a state-of-the-art facility with professional gear and equipment. The gym also features a variety of other services including a pool, jacuzzi, indoor tanning station, and massages.
At the Tehama Family Fitness Center, work out and break a sweat in a variety of fitness classes that are taught by some of the best instructors in the city. The center also has a multitude of programs for kids and seniors so the whole family can be happy and healthy.
Looking to fulfill your wanderlust by heading outside of the region for a day? You could spend decades within Red Bluff without barely scratching the surface of all there is to do in this city, but consider these day trips next time you fancy a new adventure.
Looking for more adventure? Travel to Tahoe National Forest and enjoy the incredible view of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains and rugged foothills. Visitors can also explore and discover historic Native American travel routes and village sites. Opened all year-round, this national forest is a great place for skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.
Visit Sacramento to explore California’s riverside capital filled with historic culture and artifacts dating back to the Gold Rush era. Stop by the California State Railroad Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, or the Sacramento Zoo for some family fun. Before you leave, make sure to check out the Old Sacramento Waterfront and even go on a guided tour that walks you through the capital’s history.
As a final reminder, some of these activities may need to wait until businesses fully reopen from coronavirus closures. However, there is still much to see and experience in Red Bluff that you can enjoy today! What are your favorite spots in Red Bluff? Send them our way to [email protected] or by tagging us on Instagram @rvshare and using the hashtag #rvsharelocal.