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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Chico
DoubleTree by Hilton Chico
4 out of 5
685 Manzanita Ct, Chico, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $167 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from SacValley MedShare and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from California State University-Chico. Bidwell Mansion ...
3.8/5 Good! (310 reviews)
"OK"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Chico
Oxford Suites Chico
Oxford Suites Chico
3 out of 5
2035 Business Ln, Chico, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $179 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from National Yo-Yo Museum and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from California State University-Chico. Bidwell ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (984 reviews)
"Good size room, excellent condition, just all around nice and comfortable. Great cookies too!"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Oxford Suites Chico
Hotel Diamond Chico
Hotel Diamond Chico
3.5 out of 5
220 West 4th Street, Chico, CA
The price is $205 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in Chico, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Yo-Yo Museum and California State University-Chico. Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (579 reviews)
"This is a really nice hotel. Its location makes it worth the expensive nightly rate because you can park and walk to the University of Chico (5-minute walk) and the downtown area where you can find eateries and bars, is just around the corner. The staff was also very friendly."

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Hotel Diamond Chico
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.
Chico Charmer steps away from downtown, Chico State, and Lower Bidwell Park
Chico Charmer steps away from downtown, Chico State, and Lower Bidwell Park
Chico, CA
The price is $140 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
This family-friendly vacation home is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of National Yo-Yo Museum and California State University-Chico. Bidwell ...
5/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Charming cozy property for anytime. We loved the cleanliness the location and most of all the Chai
"We chose this place knowing the location wod be close to everyone in our family. Yet private. Cozy well maintained I had one issue and the owner responded right away. Great place for a retreat loosing my daughter I was able to have some joy during my grief. This place is Calming and Charming . Great ..."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

Chico Charmer steps away from downtown, Chico State, and Lower Bidwell Park
🔥 EPIC Executive Condo 🌊POOL 🏀ARCADES 🐕Dog Park
🔥 EPIC Executive Condo 🌊POOL 🏀ARCADES 🐕Dog Park
Chico, CA
The price is $200 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in Chico, this condo building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from National Yo-Yo Museum and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from California State University-Chico. Bidwell Mansion ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"This property is awesome! You can't beat this for the price as well!! At first driving up to the property to find it (especially at night) it is a little scary looking but OMG! the cleanliness, the amenities, confort.. does definitely make up for it. Defenetly Better then any extended stay hotel ..."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

🔥 EPIC Executive Condo 🌊POOL 🏀ARCADES 🐕Dog Park
Urban Retreat King Bed + Game Room Pool Table, Foosball, Board Games
Urban Retreat King Bed + Game Room Pool Table, Foosball, Board Games
Chico, CA
The price is $199 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
This family-friendly Chico vacation home is located on a lake, within a 15-minute walk of SacValley MedShare and California State University-Chico. Bidwell Mansion ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Welcome to Downtown Chico!
"This was my first visit to Chico and staying at this property made it awesome! I needed a space with 2 full bathrooms (2 couples traveling together) and enough room for nine-month old twins and all their gear (whoa, do babies not travel light lol!). This property checked off all those things and ..."

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Urban Retreat King Bed + Game Room Pool Table, Foosball, Board Games
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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