Redding's Sundial Bridge

Sundial Bridge

840 Sundial Bridge (Auditorium) Drive
Redding, California 96001
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Local Phone: (800) 887-8532

Sundial Bridge imageRedding's iconic Sundial Bridge has been drawing tourists off Interstate 5 since 2004 and generating millions of tourism dollars.

Designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the stunning, 700-foot-long pedestrian span straddling the Sacramento River is an object of beauty and grace. Its 217-foot, angled steel pylon functions as a gnomon, making it in essence the world’s largest sundial. At night, with its 14 white suspension cables set off against a black sky, the assembly resembles a giant harp.

The bridge's $23.5 million cost was underwritten by the locally based McConnell Foundation, which also funded the 200-acre McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens on its far side. The dog-friendly bridge links multipurpose paths on both sides of the river. 

Getting there: The bridge is within Turtle Bay Exploration Park, which includes a museum, picnic grounds and other facilities. From Interstate 5 heading north, take Central Redding Exit 678 (Exit 678B heading south) and follow Highway 44 West to the Sundial Bridge (Auditorium) Drive exit (Exit 1). Turn right into Turtle Bay Exploration Park, park and walk a short distance to the bridge. 

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