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Sundial Bridge
Sundial Bridge

Sundial Bridge

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Sacramento River Trail, Redding, CA 96003
530-243-8850
https://www.turtlebay.org/sundial-bridge/
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Locals and tourists alike can take a stroll down this bridge to appreciate the architecture and beautiful environment. Based on some of the pictures I imaged driving through the ... Read more
bridge, but this landmark is actually built on a much smaller scale - the photos are deceiving! Nevertheless, my friend and I took a short stroll and enjoyed this local attraction as the design is quite special. The bridge is located in a park and there's ample parking.

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Rosamond

What a view! Standing on this beautiful bridge and gazing out as the Sacremento river rushes by.

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Ottawa

Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Sundial Bridge is an architectural marvel! The glass decked, cable-stayed cantilever suspension bridge reaches 217 feet into the sky, spans 710 feet across the Sacramento River, and forms a working sundial. As an environmentally-conscious structure, Sundial Bridge was intentionally constructed without river footings to leave the salmon-spawning habitat undisturbed. While world-renowned and environmentally sensitive, Sundial Bridge also inspires onlookers with it's "bird in flight" design, symbolizing overcoming adversity.
Since its grand opening on July 4, 2004, Sundial Bridge has functioned as a gathering place for locals and travelers. Located near downtown Redding, the pedestrian bridge also provides an easily-accessible entry point for Redding's extensive trail system, perfect for hiking, walking, mountain biking, or cycling.
East of Sundial Bridge stands Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Museum, a park dedicated to education and fun. To the west Turtle Bay's McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens graces the area with 20 acres of mediterranean-climate garden display. South of Sundial Bridge, the Civic Auditorium hosts concerts, festivals and more. See the Sundial Bridge webcam!
The Sundial Bridge in Redding is one of only two bridges in the United States designed by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. It is a cantilever spar cable-stayed pedestrian bridge that spans the Sacramento River and forms the world's largest sundial. The 217 foot pylon of the bridge points due north at a cantilevered angle, allowing it to serve as the gnomon of a mammoth sundial that casts its shadow on a large dial plate on the bridge's north end. The tip of the shadow moves at a speed of approximately one foot per minute, so the Earth's rotation can be seen with the naked eye! The bridge is over 700 feet long and crosses the river without touching the water. The deck is surfaced with translucent glass which is illuminated from beneath and glows aquamarine at night. This decking casts less of a shadow on the river below and, along with the fully suspended surface, minimizes impact on the delicate salmon spawning grounds in the river.

Driving Time: 20 minutes from Igo.
How Much Time To Spend: It takes about 15 minutes to walk across the bridge, stopping along the way to take in the beautiful scenery and watch the wildlife. On the other side, you can walk under the bridge to feel the cool breezes generated by the Sacramento River.

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Local from Redding

The sundial bridge is amazing. The lights at night are beautiful and the view during the day is amazing. Right over the Sacramento River! If you’re adventurous enough, take the 13+ river trail walk/bike/skateboard trail and experience more of Redding’s beauty. One of the many reasons why to visit the gorgeous town of redding.

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San Diego

The Sundial Bridge is a beautiful way to get a quick walk in, or spend the whole day enjoying the park at Turtle Bay- lots of options.

The bridge deck is very thick glass, allowing you to see the Sacramento River below, but it can get very hot in the summer, so small children and pets were not advised (for safety reasons.)

There is access to the river below the bridge, and it's a great way to cool off on those hot days.

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Covina

The top thing to see in Redding. You can walk around the bridge and check out the views!

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Los Angeles

Locals and tourists alike can take a stroll down this bridge to appreciate the architecture and beautiful environment. Based on some of the pictures I imaged driving through the bridge, but this landmark is actually built on a much smaller scale - the photos are deceiving! Nevertheless, my friend and I took a short stroll and enjoyed this local attraction as the design is quite special. The bridge is located in a park and there's ample parking.

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The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay crosses the Sacramento River in the heart of Redding, California. Opened July 4, 2004, the bridge links the north and south campuses of Turtle Bay Exploration Park and serves as a new downtown entrance for Redding’s extensive Sacramento River Trail system. World renowned Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava conceived the Sundial Bridge’s unusual design, his first free-standing bridge in the United States. As the name suggests, the Sundial Bridge is, in fact, a working sundial and is one of the largest in the world. In addition to being a functional work of art, the Sundial Bridge is a technical marvel as well. The cable-stayed structure has an inclined, 217 foot pylon constructed of 580 tons of steel. The deck is made up of 200 tons of glass and granite and is supported by more than 4,300 feet of cable. (Hint: If you're planning to visit the bridge during the heat of the day in summer--the glass walkway gets really HOT! Wear reasonable foot protection for yourself and please don't take the dogs out onto the glass walk, as it will burn their paws.) Be sure to check out the pavilion area beneath the bridge to get a view of the bridge's underside. It's amazing!

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Los Angeles

Interesting structure. Great area to walk around and relax. People were floating, kayaking and fishing in the river.

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San Jose

Great stop on the way to Oregon, fun for kids and a chance to take a stroll. On super hot days, going into the museum next door is a great way to cool off.

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San Jose

Another of Caltrava's beautiful bridge. One side leads to the botanic gardens the other side to the turtle bay museum. The museum is great for toddlers and older kids. Lots of stuff to explore. Yes! I recommend this place big time.

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San Jose

Interesting place to go if you like architecture, but too hot during summer.

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Omaha

Go for a walk on the river trail. Beautiful view of the mountains, Sacramento river and the bridge.

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Los Angeles

My brother and I drove through Redding several years ago on our way to Oregon, and I am not sure why we decided to make a stop at the park that houses the Sundial Bridge, but we were both glad we did! We were really surprised and blown-away by it, and we liked it so much we came back after dark so that we could see it lit up. Honestly, discovering the bridge is one of my favorite traveling memories.

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Pleasant Hill

On my trips, I usually like to take the slow way up and the fast way home. In other words, I enjoy meandering up to a destination and with lots of exploration in-between. Then when it's all over, I can't wait to get home, and as directly and fast as possible.

Gayle and I made an exception for the Sundial Bridge, as we were otherwise anxious to come home after enjoying our 5th annual trip to Ashland. But it was Lunch time, we wanted to see it, and of course it was another Yelp Review opportunity. It also helped that the Sundial Bridge (and the Turtle Bay park area) were easy to find and was a very short and convenient reentry and exit to and from I-5.

It was a gorgeous and sunny day, and since Redding is up from the Central Valley, the breezy heat was not so oppressive. As newlyweds, we strolled across the bridge hand-in-hand and admired the sweeping white architecture of the Bridge, with its embedded cables, translucent deck and scenic river views. The surrounding park land was pretty and soothing, which would probably be even better during a crisp fall day. The whole complex is large and there's lots of opportunity for hiking, exploring the arboretum, or just hanging out at the cafe or museum. And it's especially impressive that Redding would have such an attraction and surprising that more people don't take the time to stop by on whichever leg of their journey they are travelling.

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Corning

Love this place

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Sunnyvale

Don't miss the Sundial Bridge in Redding.

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