Chico Travel Guide

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Chico Things to Do

  • Upper Bidwell Park: Hiking Trails

    Upper Bidwell Park is both massive in its size and diverse in the trails it offers to visitors. When we were there in February it was a unseasonably warm but very windy day. Most of the folks hiking the trails were on short day hikes and many had their dogs.We started on the Middle Trail is an easy flat trail that begins at the intersection of...

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  • Murals of Downtown Chico: Part 2

    The murals which number in excess of twenty from my count take on many forms. Some such as the incredible Vicotorian homes and the Robin Hood mural take on historic themes and others such as the landscape murals close to Chico City Hall appear almost to take on the form of landscape pictures. The Victorian home picture is courtesy of 101 things to...

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  • Pugh 3D Mural

    John Pugh is a distinguished artist who specializes in the design of 3-D murals which are sometimes referred to as trompe L'oeil murals. He attended school at California State University, Chico and has been creating these murals since the 1970's. He now lives in Santa Cruz, California and has been commissioned to do his murals all over the world...

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  • Five Mile Recreation Area

    Five Mile Recreation Area is a picnic area, adjacent to a bike trail, in Upper Bidwell Park Chico. The area has barbeques, picnic tables, restrooms, a bridge across the creek. In addition, the area is connected by the bike trail from Lower Bidwell Park. The picnic area, which consists of eight tables, can be rented for special events from the City...

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  • Senator and El Rey Theatres

    Downtown Chico still retains a fair portion of its original buildings from the early 20th century. Two notable examples are the Senator and El Rey Theatres downtown.The Senator Theatre located on 517 Main Street opened in 1927 as a 1,400-seat vaudeville and movie house. It was operated by T & D Jr. Enterprises chain. In 1978, the theatre was...

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  • Gateway Science Museum

    Right next door to the Bidwell Mansion sits the recently completed Gateway Science Center. The museum is on the Chico State campus and was just opened in 2010. The museum's mission is to help educate residents about Northeastern California's history, nature and science. There are many interactive exhibits. Many of them are oriented to children. The...

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Chico Hotels

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  • Oxford Suites Hotel Chico

    2035 Business Ln, Chico, CA 95928

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Diamond

    220 W 4TH Street, Chico, CA, 95928

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Thunderbird Lodge

    715 Main St, Chico, CA, 95928, USA

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Chico Restaurants

  • Fantastic Cakes and Cookies Plus Lunch

    After an early lunch at the Madison Bear Garden I walked over to Main Street. What attracted me to this bakery and eatery was the exceptionally crowded nature of this bakery/eatery. It wasn't quite 1pm and this place was still packed with folks having lunch. Students as well as older folks sitting at one of the tables or on the counter that faces...

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  • Old Drinking Spot in Chico

    Madison Bear Garden in downtown Chico was no exception. I first viewed the building that houses the garden from across the street at the Chico Museum. At first I thought it might be an adjunct to the museum or a historical building, but no it is a bear, I mean beer garden.The home of the Madison Bear Garden was originally constructed in 1886 for a...

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  • Mexican Hot Spot

    Tres Hombres is a very popular Downtown Chico institution specializing in Mexican food. When the university is in session this restaurant and bar is always hopping, so good luck getting a table. The do a good job with ordinary “Mexican” fare like tacos and enchiladas. Their margaritas keep locals returning for more. This place is always jumping,...

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  • I Am Saddened to Report a True Casualty!

    The Black Crow has succumbed to the hardships of this down-turned economy and has closed its doors. It was a good place, with good food, lively fun, and a good location, but it just couldn't survive. So we have to say goodbye to one of Chico's icons.

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  • A Chico Icon

    The Bear, as it's called by Chicoans and the college students who habituate the place, is a rockin' and raucous venue on weekend nights when the college students are in town! There's an upstairs, a downstairs, and a back patio - music, dancing, pool, pinball, free wireless internet, Trike Races, Two Trip Tuesdays, sports TVs, you name it, it's...

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  • Sushi & More

    This is one of our favorite restaurants in Chico, both for its Japanese food, and for its local flavor! The owners are local, the cuisine is Contemporary Sushi and Fusion Asian Cuisine. They serve both modern and traditional sushi, along with a menu full of cooked dishes ranging from appetizers to desserts.The Master Sushi Chef is Masaki Tanaka,...

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Chico Nightlife

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  • Ride the Mechanical Bull

    The Crazy Horse Saloon is a popular nightclub in downtown Chico. This large dance club is definitely a student hot spot, with several bars and dance floors to choose from. It’s the “famous” home of the North Valley’s only mechanical bull. And if you’ve never ridden the bull I suggest you start here. Crazy Horse spins hot tunes and specializes in...

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  • Home of the Power Hour

    Rileys is one of the most popular bars in Chico. It's much smaller than the Crazyhorse or The Bear, and on a busy night you will be packed in with other people, so a spot at the bar and a good liver are gold. My buddies and I usually started out the night here, because the drinks are pretty cheap and there seemed to be a lot of girls on any given...

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  • Largest bar in Chico

    As far as college town bars go, Madison Bear Garden (or known as "The Bear") to locals, is a pretty large one. It consists of two large floors and a very large outdoor area. The first floor has a bar as well as a good food menu, and consists mostly of tables and an arcade. The music played on this floor is usually classic rock. On the second floor,...

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Chico Shopping

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  • Looking For That...

    Bird in Hand - a specialty gift store that first opened in 1981 - is the place to look for something special. It's locally owned and carries quality items that are stylish and unique. You'll find cookbooks, kitchen & dining items, wine accessories, gift cards and stationary, candles and candle holders and oil lamps, Tommy Bahama sportswear, holiday...

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  • Style By Design

    Locally owned and operated, Nantucket is somewhat of a tradition in Downtown Chico. If you’re looking for top of the line home décor this is the place to visit. They have designers on site to help you with all your home decorating needs. If you know exactly what you’re looking for just walk on in. The store is family owned and operated and they...

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Chico Local Customs

  • Silver Dollar Fair

    Every year during Memorial Day weekend, the city of Chico hosts the Silver Dollar Fair. The fair starts on a Thursday, and ends on a Monday. There is a $10 fee to enter the fair, which covers all events. Food and rides cost extra. The fair holds animal contests, and photo and art contests, which you can enter for a chance to win a cash prize. The...

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  • Skinny Dipping

    Chico being a college town, it can be a little wild, and skinny dipping is sort of a tradition among the residents.Bear Hole, in Upper Bidwell Park is known for its skinny dipping, and topless bathing, in the warm months, May-October. College girls like come here with their girlfriends, or boyfriends, and bath topless. The girls usually just go...

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  • Two Things You Need To Know About Living...

    When we were moving to Chico almost 10 years ago, the realtor who was showing us around told us there were two things we needed to know if we were going to live here:First was, Chicoans say "a-mond," for "almond" (the "a" is pronounced like the "a" in "apple" and the "l" doesn't exist);Second, Chicoans say "Esplan-aide," NOT "Esplan-ahd" ~ and...

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Chico Warnings and Dangers

  • Mountain Lions!

    Mountains Lions are usually elusive animals, but recently there have been several mountain lion sightings in Bidwell Park. One of my teachers saw one while riding his bike. There have been several other reports, and just recently, a woman was attacked by a mountain lion in Bidwell Park. For some reason, they have gotten less elusive in Bidwell...

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  • Hiking in Upper Bidwell

    Two things to watch out for in Upper Bidwell Park.First, even during the winter the sun can be extreme. So apply sunscreen continuously. We were out on the trail for less than two hours and we could readily feel the effects of the sun in a short time.As you get into the upper reaches of Bidwell Park the terrain changes noticeably. There are many...

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  • The Weather

    Chico can be very hot in the summer (as much as 110F sometimes), but it's a dry heat. You won't feel it as much as you would if there was much humidity.It can also be quite chilly in the winter (in the 30sF, especially at night).So, just a little waring to plan accordingly.

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Chico Tourist Traps

  • The Streets Can Be Confusing!

    Don't confuse the numbered "streets" with The Avenues, which run parallel to the "streets" but are north of Chico State.Also, don't be confused by the changes in street names. For instance, one street I frequent has 5 different names: The Midway, Park Avenue, Main Street, Esplanade, and - finally - Highway 99. And that's just one example!On top of...

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  • Bad Attitude and Rehab A Must...

    By his own admission, the poster below that wrote "Only Good Thing About Chico Is The Bars" is obviously someone that hasn't gone outside the bars to experience Chico. It is apparent that he complains about the very thing that he likes to get involved with: drinking, partying, being a drunkard, an expert on date rape, experienced in being arrested...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Chico What to Pack

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    by ABL1958 Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I went to Chico in late April. The daytime temperatures reached the mid-90's and dropped to the upper 60's to 70's at night. I found I was quite comfortable in shorts for the most part, and a light jacket or sweater as the day cooled. Up in the mountains, jeans were more comfortable as it cooled considerably. This picture is of mountain bikers in Bidwell Park.....yes....believe it or not the park offers even that kind of activity!

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Chico Off The Beaten Path

  • See the Stars at the Chico Community...

    At first glance from the road it appears to be a large restroom adjacent to Horseshoe Lake in Upper Bidwell Park. However the sign from the road gives it away as the Chico Community Observatory.Hidden in this little white building are three impressive telescopes which with the help of volunteers are available to help Chico area residents see the...

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  • Sutter Buttes

    As you drive out of Yuba City, to the west lies the Sutter Buttes. The buttes are considered the smallest mountain range in the world. They cover only a circular area of about 10 square miles and about 75 square miles in total. On clear days the buttes can be seen from Sacramento which is about 50 miles away. The buttes represent the remains of an...

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  • Honey Run Cocered Bridge

    On a late weekday afternoon in the end of October I decided to take a ride out and see the Honey Run Covered Bridge. The bridge is located down Honey Run Road, also called Humbug Road, about 4.5 miles off the Skyway (a road that runs between Chico and Paradise). The bridge is just off of the main road over traverses Butte Creek. Above the creek...

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  • ??Wildlife in Chico??

    Well ~ not exactly right IN Chico, but certainly nearby. And, sometimes, right in our own backyards! Besides the bobcat pictured here, we've seen the following in the neighborhood: deer, mountain lion, bear, coyote, wild turkey, sandhill cranes (they fly over my house when they head north after the winter), quail, and about 30 species of birds that...

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  • Live college life at any age...

    Let's face it, Chico is a college town. Weekends start on Thursday and end Monday. Everyone I know who has visited Chico can say they have parts to the weekend they can't even remember.Great bars, fun people and more drinks than you can handle.I love visiting friends here when we were in college. It was truly insane. The Bear. Great place to have...

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  • more of chico living

    Although the summer temp reaches over 100 degrees, late summer Early Fall season is spectacular with its colours changing. Where ever you travel, hike, bike ride, or stand, the amazing change becomes a moving kaleidoscopic visual performance. Being a part of its beauty is enough.

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