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ChicoUnited States of America

This university town in Northern California is home to the magnificent Bidwell Park, craft beer breweries and a lively arts scene.

From outdoor recreation and wildlife to beer and the performing arts, Chico offers visitors a range of attractions. Chico is a lively university town in Northern California. It sits in the foothills of the mountains of the Cascade Range and Sierra Nevada.

The glorious Bidwell Park is a major attraction of Chico. The park stretches from downtown Chico into Big Chico Creek Canyon and offers 86 miles (138 kilometers) of trails. Follow scenic walking trails, spot wildlife and swim in waterholes. Check out interesting rock formations, relax at picnic areas and play a round of golf. Get close to birds and reptiles at the Chico Creek Nature Center.

Learn about Chico’s founding father, John Bidwell, on a guided tour of Bidwell Mansion. Explore some of the 26 rooms of this architecturally impressive Victorian-style house. Spot historical landmarks and a picturesque rose garden while you stroll around the grounds of California State University. Afterward, discover the town’s natural heritage at the Gateway Science Museum.

Wander the oak-lined streets of downtown Chico to find boutiques, galleries, performing arts centers and myriad bars and restaurants. Check out the leafy City Plaza, which hosts free live music events and handicraft markets. Take a guided tour of the 19th-century Stansbury House. Watch a concert or theater show at the El Rey Theatre. Follow the history of Chico at the Chico Museum and see displays of antique yo-yos at the National Yo-Yo Museum.

Experience Chico’s beer-brewing culture at its microbreweries and beer gardens. Learn about the beer-making processes and then sample beers fresh from the tank at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Visit the brewery in the summer when it hosts Beer Camp, a festival that showcases over 100 regional brewers.

Chico is about a 90-minute drive north from Sacramento and easily accessible via trains and intercity buses. Chico is a bike-friendly city and also a comfortable destination to explore on foot. Rent a car and visit areas outside of the city. Enjoy fishing and watersports at Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park or go hiking in North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve.

Top Hotels in Chico

Quality Inn Chico
Quality Inn Chico
2.5 out of 5
715 Main Street, Chico, CA
The price is $127 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in the heart of Chico, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Yo-Yo Museum and California State University-Chico. Bidwell Mansion State Historic ...

4.2/5Very Good! (971 reviews)

"Some of the friendliest staff any where. From the late night front desk, to the housekeeping staff, always helpful and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Quality Inn Chico
Oxford Suites Chico
Oxford Suites Chico
3 out of 5
2035 Business Ln, Chico, CA
The price is $153 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from National Yo-Yo Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from California State University-Chico. Bidwell ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)

"Rooms are spacious with a nice sitting area. Rooms supplies spartan, no coffee for machine, pen or paper."…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Oxford Suites Chico
Gold Country Casino Resort
Gold Country Casino Resort
3.5 out of 5
4020 Olive Hwy, Oroville, CA
The price is $107 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Oroville, this family-friendly hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Gold Country Casino, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Feather River Fish Hatchery and Kelly ...

4.4/5Excellent! (836 reviews)

"Very clean, staff are polite, value for the money!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2020

Gold Country Casino Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Chico

Remodeled Chico Cottage Just 5 Mins to Downtown!
Remodeled Chico Cottage Just 5 Mins to Downtown!
Chico, CA

Situated in Chico, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Yo-Yo Museum and California State University-Chico. Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Short but sweet stay.

"Great bungalow. Decorating so cute. Loved the front yard and porch. And the AC cooler the house nicely. House was well stocked. Tv channels were a little lacking. Only good Chanel was Discovery Channel. A movie channel would of been nice. But not a deal breaker. Would definitely book again."…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Remodeled Chico Cottage Just 5 Mins to Downtown!
Luxury 4 Bedroom King Bed House Walk to Downtown CSU Chico With High Speed Wifi
Luxury 4 Bedroom King Bed House Walk to Downtown CSU Chico With High Speed Wifi
Chico, CA
The price is $279 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

Situated in Chico, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of SacValley MedShare and California State University-Chico. Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Perfect stay!!!

"The house is beautiful and perfect for our stay in Chico. Anthony is an excellent host and extremely fast to respond! He even had additional bedding delivered. Highly recommend this stay!!!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Luxury 4 Bedroom King Bed House Walk to Downtown CSU Chico With High Speed Wifi
Modern Treehouse Overlooking Bidwell Park
Modern Treehouse Overlooking Bidwell Park
Chico, CA

Situated in Chico, this vacation home is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from National Yo-Yo Museum and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from California State University-Chico. Bidwell Mansion ...

Modern Treehouse Overlooking Bidwell Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Chico

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Angry

Jun 3, 2020

Chico is amazing

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Visited Parkside Taproom downtown Chico and it was excellent!

5/5 - Excellent

Sunny

May 14, 2020

Friendly, clean, and quiet

1/5 - Terrible

.

Apr 23, 2020

Chico has gone downhill. Homeless everywhere. Not safe. I drove 2 blocks to gas station because not safe to walk.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Great food at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Chico is beautiful!!

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